15 “But you (A)trusted in your beauty and (B)played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by [a]who might be willing. 16 You took some of your clothes, made for yourself high places of various colors and played the harlot on them, [b]which should never come about nor happen. 17 You also took your beautiful [c](C)jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them. 18 Then you took your embroidered cloth and covered them, and offered My oil and My incense before them. 19 Also (D)My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil and honey with which I fed you, [d]you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened,” declares the Lord God. 20 “Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to (E)Me and (F)sacrificed them to [e]idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter? 21 You slaughtered (G)My children and offered them up to [f]idols by (H)causing them to pass through the fire. 22 Besides all your abominations and harlotries you did not remember the days of (I)your youth, when you were naked and bare and squirming in your blood.

23 “Then it came about after all your wickedness (‘Woe, woe to you!’ declares the Lord God), 24 that you built yourself a (J)shrine and made yourself a (K)high place in every square. 25 You built yourself a high place at the top of (L)every street and made your beauty abominable, and you spread your legs to every passer-by to multiply your harlotry. 26 You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your [g]lustful neighbors, and multiplied your harlotry to (M)make Me angry. 27 Behold now, I have stretched out My hand against you and diminished your rations. And I delivered you up to the desire of those who hate you, the (N)daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd conduct. 28 Moreover, you played the harlot with the (O)Assyrians because you were not satisfied; you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 You also multiplied your harlotry with the land of merchants, Chaldea, yet even with this you were not satisfied.”’”

30 “How (P)languishing is your heart,” declares the Lord God, “while you do all these things, the actions of a [h](Q)bold-faced harlot. 31 When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in (R)disdaining money, you were not like a harlot. 32 You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband! 33 [i]Men give gifts to all harlots, but you (S)give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries. 34 Thus you are different from those women in your harlotries, in that no one plays the harlot [j]as you do, because you give money and no money is given you; thus you are different.”

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 16:15 Lit to whom it might be
  2. Ezekiel 16:16 Lit things which had not happened nor will it be
  3. Ezekiel 16:17 Lit articles of beauty
  4. Ezekiel 16:19 Lit and you...offer it
  5. Ezekiel 16:20 Lit them
  6. Ezekiel 16:21 Lit them
  7. Ezekiel 16:26 Lit great of flesh
  8. Ezekiel 16:30 Lit domineering
  9. Ezekiel 16:33 Lit They
  10. Ezekiel 16:34 Lit after you