Ezekiel 23
American Standard Version
The Adultery of Oholah and Aholibah

1The word of Jehovah came again unto me, saying, 2Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 3and they played the harlot in Egypt; they played the harlot in their youth; there were their breasts pressed, and there was handled the bosom of their virginity. 4And the names of them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they became mine, and they bare sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah.

5And Oholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors, 6who were clothed with blue, governors and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. 7And she bestowed her whoredoms upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them; and on whomsoever she doted, with all their idols she defiled herself. 8Neither hath she left her whoredoms since the days of Egypt; for in her youth they lay with her, and they handled the bosom of her virginity; and they poured out their whoredom upon her. 9Wherefore I delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. 10These uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters; and her they slew with the sword: and she became a byword among women; for they executed judgments upon her.

11And her sister Oholibah saw this, yet was she more corrupt in her doting than she, and in her whoredoms which were more than the whoredoms of her sister. 12She doted upon the Assyrians, governors and rulers, her neighbors, clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men. 13And I saw that she was defiled; they both took one way. 14And she increased her whoredoms; for she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, 15girded with girdles upon their loins, with flowing turbans upon their heads, all of them princes to look upon, after the likeness of the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their nativity. 16And as soon as she saw them she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea. 17And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her soul was alienated from them. 18So she uncovered her whoredoms, and uncovered her nakedness: then my soul was alienated from her, like as my soul was alienated from her sister. 19Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, remembering the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. 20And she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. 21Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in the handling of thy bosom by the Egyptians for the breasts of thy youth.

Aholibah to Be Plagued

22Therefore, O Oholibah, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy soul is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side: 23the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them; desirable young men, governors and rulers all of them, princes and men of renown, all of them riding upon horses. 24And they shall come against thee with weapons, chariots, and wagons, and with a company of peoples; they shall set themselves against thee with buckler and shield and helmet round about; and I will commit the judgment unto them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments. 25And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal with thee in fury; they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy residue shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. 26They shall also strip thee of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. 27Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt; so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more. 28For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy soul is alienated; 29and they shall deal with thee in hatred, and shall take away all thy labor, and shall leave thee naked and bare; and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be uncovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. 30These things shall be done unto thee, for that thou hast played the harlot after the nations, and because thou art polluted with their idols. 31Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thy hand.

32Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup, which is deep and large; thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

33Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

34Thou shalt even drink it and drain it out, and thou shalt gnaw the sherds thereof, and shalt tear thy breasts; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah.

35Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

Judgment on Both Sisters

36Jehovah said moreover unto me: Son of man, wilt thou judge Oholah and Oholibah? then declare unto them their abominations. 37For they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands; and with their idols have they committed adultery; and they have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass through the fire unto them to be devoured. 38Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths. 39For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of my house.

40And furthermore ye have sent for men that come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent, and, lo, they came; for whom thou didst wash thyself, paint thine eyes, and deck thyself with ornaments, 41and sit upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou didst set mine incense and mine oil. 42And the voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with men of the common sort were brought drunkards from the wilderness; and they put bracelets upon the hands of them twain , and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

43Then said I of her that was old in adulteries, Now will they play the harlot with her, and she with them . 44And they went in unto her, as they go in unto a harlot: so went they in unto Oholah and unto Oholibah, the lewd women. 45And righteous men, they shall judge them with the judgment of adulteresses, and with the judgment of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

46For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I will bring up a company against them, and will give them to be tossed to and fro and robbed. 47And the company shall stone them with stones, and despatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire. 48Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness. 49And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols; and ye shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. The unfaithfulness of Aholah and Aholibah
23. Aholibah is to be plagued by her lovers
36. The prophet reproves the adulteries of them both
45. and shows their judgments
Ezekiel 1: Ezekiel's Prophecy at Kebar

Ezekiel 2: Ezekiel's Call

Ezekiel 3: Ezekiel Eats the Scroll

Ezekiel 4: The Siege of Jerusalem Predicted

Ezekiel 5: Judgment Against Jerusalem

Ezekiel 6: Judgment Against Idolatry

Ezekiel 7: The Hour of Doom

Ezekiel 8: Vision of Idolatry in the Temple

Ezekiel 9: Slaughter of the Idolaters

Ezekiel 10: God's Glory Exits the Temple

Ezekiel 11: Evil in High Places

Ezekiel 12: Signs of the Coming Captivity

Ezekiel 13: The Reproof of False Prophets

Ezekiel 14: Idolatrous Elders Condemned

Ezekiel 15: Jerusalem the Useless Vine

Ezekiel 16: Jerusalem's Unfaithfulness

Ezekiel 17: The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine

Ezekiel 18: An Old Proverb About Israel

Ezekiel 19: Kingly Power Abused

Ezekiel 20: Rebellion in Egypt

Ezekiel 21: The Parable of the Lord's Sword

Ezekiel 22: The Sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 23: The Adultery of Oholah and Aholibah

Ezekiel 24: The Parable of the Cooking Pot

Ezekiel 25: A Prophecy Against Ammon

Ezekiel 26: A Prophecy Against Tyre

Ezekiel 27: A Lament for Tyre

Ezekiel 28: Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

Ezekiel 29: Judgment Against Pharaoh

Ezekiel 30: A Lament for Egypt

Ezekiel 31: Egypt Will Fall Like Assyria

Ezekiel 32: A Lament for Pharaoh King of Egypt

Ezekiel 33: Ezekiel as Israel's Watchman

Ezekiel 34: Prophecy Against Israel's Shepherds

Ezekiel 35: Prophecy Against Mount Seir

Ezekiel 36: Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

Ezekiel 37: The Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 38: Prophecy Against Gog

Ezekiel 39: The Slaughter of Gog's Armies

Ezekiel 40: The Man with a Measuring Rod

Ezekiel 41: The Inner Temple

Ezekiel 42: Chambers for the Priests

Ezekiel 43: The Lord's Glory Returns to the Temple

Ezekiel 44: East Gate Assigned to the Prince

Ezekiel 45: Consecration of the Land

Ezekiel 46: The Prince's Offerings

Ezekiel 47: Waters From Under the Temple

Ezekiel 48: The Portion for the Tribes

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