Jerusalem as an Adulterous Wife
16:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me,
16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy
birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father
was an Amorite, and thy mother an 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
16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto 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
thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy
blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy
16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the
field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art
come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and
thine 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: yea, I sware unto
thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord
GOD, and thou becamest mine.
16:9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly 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 about 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 earrings in
thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine 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 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.
16:16 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
16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and
of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself
images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst
them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before
16:19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil,
and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it
before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the
16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters,
whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed
unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small
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 thine abominations and thy whoredoms 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 unto thee! saith the LORD GOD;)
16:24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place,
and hast made thee an 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
opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied
16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the
Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased
thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.
16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over
thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered
thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of
the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.
16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians,
because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the
harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.
16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the
land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied
16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith the LORD GOD, seeing
thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious
16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head
of every way, and makest thine high place in every street;
and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;
16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh
strangers instead of her husband!
16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy
gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come
unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.
16:34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy
whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms:
and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given
unto 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 discovered through thy
whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy
abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou
didst give unto them;
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 round about against thee, and will discover thy
nakedness unto 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 jealousy.
16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they
shall throw down thine 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
16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and
they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through
with their swords.
16:41 And they shall burn thine 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 toward 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 fretted me in all these things; behold,
therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head,
saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness
above all thine abominations.
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, which lothed their husbands and their children:
your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
16:46 And thine 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
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
16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom,
pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in
her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the
hand of the poor and needy.
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 thine abominations more than they, and
hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which
thou hast done.
16:52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine
own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more
abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou:
yea, 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 thine own shame, and mayest be
confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a
comfort unto them.
16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall
return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters
shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy
daughters shall return to your former estate.
16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth
in the day of thy pride,
16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time
of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are
round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which
despise thee round about.
16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations,
saith the LORD.
16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with
thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in
breaking the covenant.
16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in
the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an
16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed,
when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy
younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but
not by thy covenant.
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 toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith
the Lord GOD.