God says, "If a husband divorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to another man, Will he still return to her? Will not that land be completely polluted? But you are a harlot with many lovers; Yet you turn to Me," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 3:1)

"Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see; Where have you not been violated? By the roads you have sat for them Like an Arab in the desert, And you have polluted a land With your harlotry and with your wickedness. (Jeremiah 3:2)

"Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no spring rain. Yet you had a harlot's forehead; You refused to be ashamed. (Jeremiah 3:3)

"Have you not just now called to Me, `My Father, You are the friend of my youth? (Jeremiah 3:4)

`Will He be angry forever? Will He be indignant to the end?' Behold, you have spoken And have done evil things, And you have had your way." (Jeremiah 3:5)

Then the LORD said to me in the days of Josiah the king, "Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. (Jeremiah 3:6)

"I thought, `After she has done all these things she will return to Me'; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. (Jeremiah 3:7)

"And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. (Jeremiah 3:8)

"Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. (Jeremiah 3:9)

"Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 3:10)

And the LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. (Jeremiah 3:11)

"Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say, `Return, faithless Israel,' declares the LORD; `I will not look upon you in anger. For I am gracious,' declares the LORD; `I will not be angry forever. (Jeremiah 3:12)

`Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the LORD your God And have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,' declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 3:13)

`Return, O faithless sons,' declares the LORD; `For I am a master to you, And I will take you one from a city and two from a family, And I will bring you to Zion.' (Jeremiah 3:14)

"Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15)

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Ezekiel 16:1)

"Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations (Ezekiel 16:2)

and say, `Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem, "Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. (Ezekiel 16:3)

"As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths. (Ezekiel 16:4)

"No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born. (Ezekiel 16:5)

"When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, `Live!' Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, `Live!' (Ezekiel 16:6)

"I made you numerous like plants of the field. Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare. (Ezekiel 16:7)

"Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine," declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 16:8)

"Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. (Ezekiel 16:9)

"I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. (Ezekiel 16:10)

"I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. (Ezekiel 16:11)

"I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. (Ezekiel 16:12)

"Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. (Ezekiel 16:13)

"Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you," declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 16:14)

"But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by who might be willing. (Ezekiel 16:15)

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

"You also took your beautiful 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. (Ezekiel 16:17)

"Then you took your embroidered cloth and covered them, and offered My oil and My incense before them. (Ezekiel 16:18)

"Also My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil and honey with which I fed you, you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened," declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 16:19)

"Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter? (Ezekiel 16:20)

"You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire. (Ezekiel 16:21)

"Besides all your abominations and harlotries you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare and squirming in your blood. (Ezekiel 16:22)

"Then it came about after all your wickedness (`Woe, woe to you!' declares the Lord GOD), (Ezekiel 16:23)

that you built yourself a shrine and made yourself a high place in every square. (Ezekiel 16:24)

"You built yourself a high place at the top of every street and made your beauty abominable, and you spread your legs to every passer-by to multiply your harlotry. (Ezekiel 16:25)

"You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, and multiplied your harlotry to make Me angry. (Ezekiel 16:26)

"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 daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd conduct. (Ezekiel 16:27)

"Moreover, you played the harlot with the Assyrians because you were not satisfied; you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. (Ezekiel 16:28)

"You also multiplied your harlotry with the land of merchants, Chaldea, yet even with this you were not satisfied.""' (Ezekiel 16:29)

"How languishing is your heart," declares the Lord GOD, "while you do all these things, the actions of a bold-faced harlot. (Ezekiel 16:30)

"When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in disdaining money, you were not like a harlot. (Ezekiel 16:31)

"You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband! (Ezekiel 16:32)

"Men give gifts to all harlots, but you give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries. (Ezekiel 16:33)

"Thus you are different from those women in your harlotries, in that no one plays the harlot as you do, because you give money and no money is given you; thus you are different." (Ezekiel 16:34)

Therefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD. (Ezekiel 16:35)

Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because your lewdness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers and with all your detestable idols, and because of the blood of your sons which you gave to idols, (Ezekiel 16:36)

therefore, behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, even all those whom you loved and all those whom you hated. So I will gather them against you from every direction and expose your nakedness to them that they may see all your nakedness. (Ezekiel 16:37)

"Thus I will judge you like women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged; and I will bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy. (Ezekiel 16:38)

"I will also give you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your shrines, demolish your high places, strip you of your clothing, take away your jewels, and will leave you naked and bare. (Ezekiel 16:39)

"They will incite a crowd against you and they will stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords. (Ezekiel 16:40)

"They will burn your houses with fire and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women. Then I will stop you from playing the harlot, and you will also no longer pay your lovers. (Ezekiel 16:41)

"So I will calm My fury against you and My jealousy will depart from you, and I will be pacified and angry no more. (Ezekiel 16:42)

"Because you have not remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me by all these things, behold, I in turn will bring your conduct down on your own head," declares the Lord GOD, "so that you will not commit this lewdness on top of all your other abominations. (Ezekiel 16:43)

"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, `Like mother, like daughter.' (Ezekiel 16:44)

"You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and children. You are also the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. (Ezekiel 16:45)

"Now your older sister is Samaria, who lives north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives south of you, is Sodom with her daughters. (Ezekiel 16:46)

"Yet you have not merely walked in their ways or done according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you acted more corruptly in all your conduct than they. (Ezekiel 16:47)

"As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. (Ezekiel 16:48)

"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)

"Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it. (Ezekiel 16:50)

"Furthermore, Samaria did not commit half of your sins, for you have multiplied your abominations more than they. Thus you have made your sisters appear righteous by all your abominations which you have committed. (Ezekiel 16:51)

"Also bear your disgrace in that you have made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made your sisters appear righteous. (Ezekiel 16:52)

"Nevertheless, I will restore their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, and along with them your own captivity, (Ezekiel 16:53)

in order that you may bear your humiliation and feel ashamed for all that you have done when you become a consolation to them. (Ezekiel 16:54)

"Your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to their former state, and you with your daughters will also return to your former state. (Ezekiel 16:55)

"As the name of your sister Sodom was not heard from your lips in your day of pride, (Ezekiel 16:56)

before your wickedness was uncovered, so now you have become the reproach of the daughters of Edom and of all who are around her, of the daughters of the Philistines--those surrounding you who despise you. (Ezekiel 16:57)

"You have borne the penalty of your lewdness and abominations," the LORD declares. (Ezekiel 16:58)

For thus says the Lord GOD, "I will also do with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath by breaking the covenant. (Ezekiel 16:59)

"Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. (Ezekiel 16:60)

"Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you receive your sisters, both your older and your younger; and I will give them to you as daughters, but not because of your covenant. (Ezekiel 16:61)

"Thus I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, (Ezekiel 16:62)

so that you may remember and be ashamed and never open your mouth anymore because of your humiliation, when I have forgiven you for all that you have done," the Lord GOD declares. (Ezekiel 16:63)

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, (Ezekiel 17:1)

"Son of man, propound a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel, (Ezekiel 17:2)

saying, `Thus says the Lord GOD, "A great eagle with great wings, long pinions and a full plumage of many colors came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar. (Ezekiel 17:3)

"He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders. (Ezekiel 17:4)

"He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow. (Ezekiel 17:5)

"Then it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine with its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and yielded shoots and sent out branches. (Ezekiel 17:6)

"But there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage; and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him and sent out its branches toward him from the beds where it was planted, that he might water it. (Ezekiel 17:7)

"It was planted in good soil beside abundant waters, that it might yield branches and bear fruit and become a splendid vine."' (Ezekiel 17:8)

"Say, `Thus says the Lord GOD, "Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots and cut off its fruit, so that it withers--so that all its sprouting leaves wither? And neither by great strength nor by many people can it be raised from its roots again. (Ezekiel 17:9)

"Behold, though it is planted, will it thrive? Will it not completely wither as soon as the east wind strikes it--wither on the beds where it grew?""' (Ezekiel 17:10)

Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Ezekiel 17:11)

"Say now to the rebellious house, `Do you not know what these things mean?' Say, `Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon. (Ezekiel 17:12)

`He took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land, (Ezekiel 17:13)

that the kingdom might be in subjection, not exalting itself, but keeping his covenant that it might continue. (Ezekiel 17:14)

`But he rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt that they might give him horses and many troops. Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Can he indeed break the covenant and escape? (Ezekiel 17:15)

`As I live,' declares the Lord GOD, `Surely in the country of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke, in Babylon he shall die. (Ezekiel 17:16)

`Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not help him in the war, when they cast up ramps and build siege walls to cut off many lives. (Ezekiel 17:17)

`Now he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and behold, he pledged his allegiance, yet did all these things; he shall not escape.' " (Ezekiel 17:18)

Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "As I live, surely My oath which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will inflict on his head. (Ezekiel 17:19)

"I will spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. Then I will bring him to Babylon and enter into judgment with him there regarding the unfaithful act which he has committed against Me. (Ezekiel 17:20)

"All the choice men in all his troops will fall by the sword, and the survivors will be scattered to every wind; and you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken." (Ezekiel 17:21)

Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out; I will pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. (Ezekiel 17:22)

"On the high mountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and become a stately cedar. And birds of every kind will nest under it; they will nest in the shade of its branches. (Ezekiel 17:23)

"All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it." (Ezekiel 17:24)


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