Ezekiel compares Jerusalem with an unfaithful spouse. An unfaithful spouse cheats on their partner, and Jerusalem had cheated on the LORD God. UPDATED.
VERSE 1. Again the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 2. “Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations;
VERSE 4. As for your birth, in the day you were born your navel was not cut. You weren’t washed in water to cleanse you. You weren’t salted at all, nor wrapped in blankets at all.
VERSE 5. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you, to have compassion on you; but you were cast out in the open field, because you were abhorred in the day that you were born.
VERSE 6. “ ‘ “When I passed by you, and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you, ‘Though you are in your blood, live!’ Yes, I said to you, ‘Though you are in your blood, live!’
Though you are in your blood, live. The life of the infant was in jeopardy. But then LORD God ordered her survival.
VERSE 7. I caused you to multiply as that which grows in the field, and you increased and grew great, and you attained to excellent ornament. Your breasts were formed, and your hair grew; yet you were naked and bare.
VERSE 8. “ ‘ “Now when I passed by you, and looked at you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore to you, and entered into a covenant with you,” says the Lord GOD, “and you became mine.
VERSE 9. “ ‘ “Then washed I you with water. Yes, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil.
VERSE 10. I clothed you also with embroidered work, and put sealskin sandals on you. I dressed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
VERSE 11. I decked you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands, and put a chain on your neck.
VERSE 12. I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
VERSE 13. Thus you were decked with gold and silver. Your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered work. You ate fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and you prospered to royal estate.
VERSE 14. Your renown went out among the nations for your beauty; for it was perfect, through my majesty which I had put on you,” says the Lord GOD.
VERSE 16. You took some of your garments, and made for yourselves high places decked with various colors, and played the prostitute on them. This shall not happen, neither shall it be.
VERSE 18. You took your embroidered garments, covered them, and set my oil and my incense before them.
VERSE 19. My bread also which I gave you, fine flour, oil, and honey, with which I fed you, you even set it before them for a pleasant aroma; and so it was,” says the Lord GOD.
VERSE 21. that you have slain my children, and delivered them up, in causing them to pass through the fire to them?
slain my children, and delivered them up. They sacrificed their own children to idols. During the sacrifice, the child was killed.
This is why they were conquered and carried off into exile in Babylon.
VERSE 23. “ ‘ “It has happened after all your wickedness. Woe, woe to you!” says the Lord GOD,
VERSE 24. “that you have built for yourselves a vaulted place, and have made yourselves a lofty place in every street.
VERSE 25. You have built your lofty place at the head of every way, and have made your beauty an abomination, and have opened your feet to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your prostitution.
opened your feet. That is, “spread your legs” (NAB translation).
VERSE 27. See therefore, I have stretched out my hand over you, and have diminished your portion, and delivered you to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd way.
VERSE 31. in that you build your vaulted place at the head of every way, and make your lofty place in every street, and have not been as a prostitute, in that you scorn pay.
VERSE 34. You are different from other women in your prostitution, in that no one follows you to play the prostitute; and whereas you give hire, and no hire is given to you, therefore you are different.” ’
VERSE 35. “Therefore, prostitute, hear the LORD’s word:
VERSE 36. ‘The Lord GOD says, “Because your filthiness was poured out, and your nakedness uncovered through your prostitution with your lovers; and because of all the idols of your abominations, and for the blood of your children, that you gave to them;
VERSE 37. therefore see, I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have taken pleasure, and all those who you have loved, with all those who you have hated. I will even gather them against you on every side, and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.
VERSE 39. I will also give you into their hand, and they will throw down your vaulted place, and break down your lofty places. They will strip you of your clothes, and take your beautiful jewels. They will leave you naked and bare.
VERSE 40. They will also bring up a company against you, and they will stone you with stones, and thrust you through with their swords.
VERSE 41. They will burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women. I will cause you to cease from playing the prostitute, and you will also give no hire any more.
VERSE 42. So I will cause my wrath toward you to rest, and my jealousy will depart from you. I will be quiet, and will not be angry any more.
VERSE 43. “ ‘ “Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have raged against me in all these things; therefore, behold, I also will bring your way on your head,” says the Lord GOD: “and you shall not commit this lewdness with all your abominations.
VERSE 45. You are the daughter of your mother, who loathes her husband and her children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
VERSE 47. Yet you have not walked in their ways, nor done their abominations; but soon you were more corrupt than they in all your ways.
VERSE 49. “ ‘ “Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters. She also didn’t strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
the iniquity of your sister Sodom. Many people assume that ancient Sodom was destroyed because of homosexual activity. However, that was not the case. This verse provides us with the actual reasons.
Here are the four reasons Sodom was destroyed:
pride: They were arrogant
fullness of bread: They were sated with food. That is, they enjoyed great abundance.
prosperous ease: In their prosperity, they became complacent. They only cared about themselves.
neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy: They did nothing to help the poor and needy.
Those four evils described ancient Sodom. And in our day, they can be applied to the United States.
Genesis 19:24. Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of the sky.
VERSE 50. They were arrogant, and committed abomination before me. Therefore I took them away when I saw it.
VERSE 51. Samaria hasn’t committed half of your sins; but you have multiplied your abominations more than they, and have justified your sisters by all your abominations which you have done.
VERSE 52. You also bear your own shame yourself, in that you have given judgment for your sisters; through your sins that you have committed more abominable than they, they are more righteous than you. Yes, be also confounded, and bear your shame, in that you have justified your sisters.
VERSE 53. “ ‘ “I will reverse their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, and the captivity of your captives among them;
VERSE 54. that you may bear your own shame, and may be ashamed because of all that you have done, in that you are a comfort to them.
VERSE 55. Your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, will return to their former estate; and Samaria and her daughters will return to their former estate; and you and your daughters will return to your former estate.
VERSE 57. before your wickedness was uncovered, as at the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria, and of all who are around her, the daughters of the Philistines, who despise you all around.
VERSE 58. You have borne your lewdness and your abominations,” says the LORD.
VERSE 59. “ ‘For the Lord GOD says: “I will also deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant.
VERSE 60. Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish to you an everlasting covenant.
VERSE 62. I will establish my covenant with you. Then you will know that I am the LORD;
VERSE 63. that you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more, because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
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