16:1 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD to Jerusalem; Thy birth
and thy nativity [is] of the land of Canaan; thy father [was]
an Amorite, and thy mother a Hittite.
16:4 And [as for] thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy
navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple
[thee]; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
16:5 No eye pitied thee, to do any of these to thee, to have
compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field,
to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thy own
blood, I said to thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Live; yes,
I said to thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Live.
16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and
thou hast increased and become great, and thou art come to
excellent ornaments: [thy] breasts are fashioned, and thy hair
is grown, whereas thou [wast] naked and bare.
16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold,
thy time [was] the time of love; and I spread my skirt over
thee, and covered thy nakedness: yes, I swore to thee, and
entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou
16:9 Then I washed thee with water; yes, I thoroughly washed
away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.
16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee
with badgers' skin, and I girded thee with fine linen, and I
covered thee with silk.
16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets
upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.
16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and ear-rings in thy
ears, and a beautiful crown upon thy head.
16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy
raiment [was of] fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou
didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast
exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.
16:14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy
beauty: for it [was] perfect through my comeliness, which I had
put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.
16:15 But thou didst trust in thy own beauty, and playedst the
harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications
on every one that passed by; his it was.
16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deck thy high
places with divers colors, and play the harlot upon them: [the
like things] shall not come, neither shall it be [so].
16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my
silver, which I had given thee, and hast made to thyself images
of men, and hast committed lewdness with them.
16:18 And hast taken thy broidered garments, and covered them:
and thou hast set my oil and my incense before them.
16:19 My provisions also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil,
and honey, [with which] I fed thee, thou hast even set before
them for a sweet savor: and [thus] it was, saith the Lord GOD.
16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom
thou hast borne to me, and these hast thou sacrificed to them
to be devoured. [Is this] of thy lewdness a small matter,
16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to
cause them to pass through [the fire] for them?
16:22 And in all thy abominations and thy deeds of lewdness thou
hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked
and bare, [and] wast polluted in thy blood.
16:23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe to
thee! saith the Lord GOD;)
16:24 [That] thou hast also built to thee an eminent place, and
hast made thee a high place in every street.
16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way,
and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast prostituted
thyself to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy lewd
16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians
thy neighbors, great of flesh; and hast multiplied thy lewd
deeds, to provoke me to anger.
16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee,
and have diminished thy ordinary [food], and delivered thee to
the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the
Philistines, who are ashamed of thy lewd way.
16:28 Thou hast played the harlot also with the Assyrians,
because thou wast insatiable; yes, thou hast played the harlot
with them, and yet couldst not be satisfied.
16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land
of Canaan to Chaldea; and yet with this thou wast not
16:30 How weak is thy heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou
doest all these [things], the work of an imperious lewd woman;
16:31 In that thou buildest thy eminent place in the head of
every way, and makest thy high place in every street; and hast
not been as a harlot, in that thou scornest hire;
16:32 [But as] a wife that committeth adultery, [who] taketh
strangers instead of her husband!
16:33 They give gifts to all lewd women: but thou givest thy
gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come to
thee on every side for thy lewdness.
16:34 And the contrary is in thee from [other] women in thy
unlawful commerce, whereas none followeth thee to commit
lewdness: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is
given to thee, therefore thou art contrary.
16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:
16:36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured
out, and thy nakedness exposed through thy carnal connection
with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations,
and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give to
16:37 Behold therefore, I will gather all thy lovers, with whom
thou hast taken pleasure, and all [them] that thou hast loved,
with all [them] that thou hast hated; I will even gather them
on every side against thee, and will uncover thy nakedness to
them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and
shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and
16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall
throw down thy eminent place, and shall break down thy high
places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall
take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.
16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they
shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with
16:41 And they shall burn thy houses with fire, and execute
judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will
cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also
shalt give no hire any more.
16:42 So will I make my fury towards thee to rest, and my
jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will
be no more angry.
16:43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth,
but hast provoked me in all these [things]; behold therefore, I
also will recompense thy way upon [thy] head, saith the Lord
GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thy
16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use [this]
proverb against thee, saying, As [is] the mother, [so is] her
16:45 Thou [art] thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband
and her children; and thou [art] the sister of thy sisters, who
lothed their husbands and their children: your mother [was] a
Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
16:46 And thy elder sister [is] Samaria, she and her daughters
that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that
dwelleth at thy right hand, [is] Sodom and her daughters.
16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after
their abominations: but as [if that were] a very little
[thing], thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.
16:48 [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not
done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy
16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride,
fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in
her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor
16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before
me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].
16:51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou
hast multiplied thy abominations more than they, and hast
justified thy sisters in all thy abominations which thou hast
16:52 Thou also, who hast judged thy sisters, bear thy own shame
for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than
they: they are more righteous than thou: yes, be thou
confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast
justified thy sisters.
16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of
Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her
daughters, then [will I bring again] the captivity of thy
captives in the midst of them:
16:54 That thou mayest bear thy own shame, and mayest be
confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a
comfort to them.
16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to
their former state, and Samaria and her daughters shall return
to their former state, then thou and thy daughters shall return
to your former state.
16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the
day of thy pride,
16:57 Before thy wickedness was disclosed, as at the time of
[thy] reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all [that are]
around her, the daughters of the Philistines, who despise thee
on every side.
16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thy abominations, saith
16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as
thou hast done, who hast despised the oath in breaking the
16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the
days of thy youth, and I will establish to thee an everlasting
16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when
thou shalt receive thy sisters, thy elder and thy younger: and
I will give them to thee for daughters, but not by thy
16:62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt
know that I [am] the LORD:
16:63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never
open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am
pacified towards thee for all that thou hast done, saith the