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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Ezekiel 16:15–34

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15 “But you atrusted in your beauty and bplayed the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by 1who might be willing.

16 “You took some of your clothes, made for yourself high places of various colors and played the harlot on them, 1which should never come about nor happen.

17 “You also took your beautiful 1ajewels 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 aMy bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil and honey with which I fed you, 1you 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 aMe and bsacrificed them to 1idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter?

21 “You slaughtered aMy children and offered them up to 1idols by bcausing them to pass through the fire.

22 “Besides all your abominations and harlotries you did not remember the days of ayour 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 ashrine and made yourself a bhigh place in every square.

25 “You built yourself a high place at the top of aevery 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 1lustful neighbors, and multiplied your harlotry to amake 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 adaughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd conduct.

28 “Moreover, you played the harlot with the aAssyrians 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 alanguishing is your heart,” declares the Lord God, “while you do all these things, the actions of a 1bbold-faced harlot.

31 “When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in adisdaining money, you were not like a harlot.

32 “You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband!

33 “1Men give gifts to all harlots, but you agive 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 1as you do, because you give money and no money is given you; thus you are different.”

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