23:1 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one
23:3 And they committed lewd deeds in Egypt; they committed lewd
deeds in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and
there they were first corrupted.
23:4 And the names of them [were] Aholah the elder, and Aholibah
her sister: and they were mine, and they bore sons and
daughters. Thus [were] their names; Samaria [is] Aholah, and
23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she
doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians [her] neighbors.
23:6 [Who were] clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of
them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
23:7 Thus she committed her lewd deeds with them, with all them
[that were] the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she
doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.
23:8 Neither left she her lewd deeds [brought] from Egypt: for
in her youth they lay with her, and they first corrupted her,
and poured their impurities upon her.
23:9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers,
into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
23:10 These uncovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her
daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous
among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.
23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw [this], she was more
corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her
prostitutions more than her sister in [her] prostitutions.
23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians [her] neighbors, captains and
rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses,
all of them desirable young men.
23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, [that] they [took] both
23:14 And [that] she increased her prostitutions: for when she
saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans
pourtrayed with vermilion.
23:15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed
attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after
the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their
23:16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes she doted upon
them, and sent messengers to them into Chaldea.
23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and
they defiled her with their lewdness, and she was polluted with
them, and her mind was alienated from them.
23:18 So she disclosed her lewd deeds, and exposed her
nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, as my mind was
alienated from her sister.
23:19 Yet she multiplied her prostitutions, in calling to
remembrance the days of her youth, in which she had played the
harlot in the land of Egypt.
23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh [is as]
the flesh of asses, and whose issue [is like] the issue of
23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy
youth, by being corrupted by the Egyptians in thy youth.
23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is
alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;
23:23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa,
and Koa, [and] all the Assyrians with them: all of them
desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and
renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons,
and wheels, and with an assembly of people, [which] shall set
against thee buckler and shield and helmet on every side: and I
will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee
according to their judgments.
23:25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall
deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thy
ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take
thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured
by the fire.
23:26 They shall also strip thee of thy clothes, and take away
thy fair jewels.
23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy
adultery [brought] from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt
not lift up thy eyes to them, nor remember Egypt any more.
23:28 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver thee
into the hand [of them] whom thou hatest, into the hand [of
them] from whom thy mind is alienated:
23:29 And they shall treat thee with hatred, and shall take away
all thy labor, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the
nakedness of thy prostitutions shall be disclosed, both thy
lewdness and thy prostitutions.
23:30 I will do these [things] to thee, because thou hast gone
astray after the heathen, [and] because thou art polluted with
23:31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will
I give her cup into thy hand.
23:32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's
cup deep and large: thou shalt be treated with scorn and had in
derision; it containeth much.
23:33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the
cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister
23:34 Thou shalt even drink it, and empty it to the dregs, and
thou shalt break its pieces, and pluck off thy own breasts: for
I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD.
23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast
forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou
also thy lewdness and thy prostitutions.
23:36 The LORD said moreover to me; Son of man, wilt thou judge
Aholah and Aholibah? yes, declare to them their abominations;
23:37 That they have committed adultery, and blood [is] in their
hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and
have also caused their sons, whom they bore to me, to pass for
them through [the fire], to devour [them].
23:38 Moreover this they have done to me: they have defiled my
sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
23:39 For 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.
23:40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from
far, to whom a messenger [was] sent; and lo, they came: for
whom thou didst wash thyself, paint thy eyes, and deck thyself
23:41 And sattest upon a stately bed and a table prepared before
it, upon which thou hast set my incense and my oil.
23:42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease [was] with her:
and with the men of the common sort [were] brought Sabeans from
the wilderness, who put bracelets upon their hands, and
beautiful crowns upon their heads.
23:43 Then said I to [her that was] old in adulteries, Will they
now commit lewd deeds with her, and she [with them]?
23:44 Yet they went in to her, as they go in to a woman that
playeth the harlot: so they went in to Aholah and to Aholibah,
the lewd women.
23:45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the
manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed
blood; because they [are] adulteresses, and blood [is] in their
23:46 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company
upon them, and will give them to be removed and plundered.
23:47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch
them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their
daughters, and burn their houses with fire.
23:48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that
all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
23:49 And 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 GOD.