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Ezekiel 16:14-16 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

14 and everyone on earth knew it. I, the Lord God, had helped you become a lovely young woman.

15 You learned that you were attractive enough to have any man you wanted, so you offered yourself to every passerby.[a] 16 You made shrines for yourself and decorated them with some of your clothes. That’s where you took your visitors to have sex with them. These things should never have happened![b]


  1. 16.15 so you offered yourself to every passerby: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 16.16 These things should never have happened: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Ezekiel 16:14-16 New International Version (NIV)

14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord.

15 “‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. 16 You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. You went to him, and he possessed your beauty.[a]


  1. Ezekiel 16:16 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
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Ezekiel 16:14-16 King James Version (KJV)

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.

15 But thou didst trust in thine 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 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

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