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22:21. And will gather you together, and will burn you in the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst thereof.
22:22. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall you be in the midst thereof: and you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have poured out my indignation upon you.
22:23. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
22:24. Son of man, say to her: Thou art a land that is unclean, and not rained upon in the day of wrath.
22:25. There is a conspiracy of prophets in the midst thereof: like a lion that roareth and catcheth the prey, they have devoured souls, they have taken riches and hire, they have made many widows in the midst thereof.
22:26. Her priests have despised my law, and have defiled my sanctuaries: they have put no difference between holy and profane: nor have distinguished between the polluted and the clean: and they have turned away their eyes from my sabbaths, and I was profaned in the midst of them.
22:27. Her princes in the midst of her, are like wolves ravening the prey to shed blood, and to destroy souls, and to run after gains through covetousness.
22:28. And her prophets have daubed them without tempering the mortar, seeing vain things, and divining lies unto them, saying: Thus saith the Lord G.o.d: when the Lord hath not spoken.
22:29. The people of the land have used oppression, and committed robbery: they afflicted the needy and poor, and they oppressed the stranger by calumny without judgment.
22:30. And I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favour of the land, that I might not destroy it: and I found none.
22:31. And I poured out my indignation upon them, in the fire of my wrath I consumed them: I have rendered their way upon their own head, saith the Lord G.o.d.
Ezechiel Chapter 23
Under the names of the two harlots, Oolla and Ooliba, are described the manifold disloyalties of Samaria and Jerusalem, with the punishment of them both.
23:1. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
23:2. Son of man, there were two women, daughters of one mother.
23:3. And they committed fornication in Egypt, in their youth they committed fornication: there were their b.r.e.a.s.t.s pressed down, and the teats of their virginity were bruised.
Committed fornication… That is, idolatry.
23:4. And their names were Oolla the elder, and Ooliba her younger sister: and I took them, and they bore sons and daughters. Now for their names, Samaria is Oolla, and Jerusalem is Ooliba.
Oolla and Ooliba… G.o.d calls the kingdom of Israel Oolla, which signifies their own habitation, because they separated themselves from his temple: and the kingdom of Juda, Ooliba, which signifies his habitation in her, because of his temple among them in Jerusalem.
23:5. And Oolla committed fornication against me, and doted on her lovers, on the a.s.syrians that came to her,
On the a.s.syraians, etc… That is, the idols of the a.s.syrians: for all that is said in this chapter of the fornications of Israel and Juda, is to be understood in a spiritual sense, of their disloyalty to the Lord, by worshipping strange G.o.ds.
23:6. Who were clothed with blue, princes, and rulers, beautiful youths, all hors.e.m.e.n, mounted upon horses.
23:7. And she committed her fornications with those chosen men, all sons of the a.s.syrians: and she defiled herself with the uncleanness of all them on whom she doted.
23:8. Moreover also she did not forsake her fornications which she had committed in Egypt: for they also lay with her in her youth, and they bruised the b.r.e.a.s.t.s of her virginity, and poured out their fornication upon her.
23:9. Therefore have I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, into the hands of the sons of the a.s.syrians, upon whose l.u.s.t she doted.
23:10. They discovered her disgrace, took away her sons and daughters, and slew her with the sword: and they became infamous women, and they executed judgments in her.
23:11. And when her sister Ooliba saw this, she was mad with l.u.s.t more than she: and she carried her fornication beyond the fornication of her sister.
23:12. Impudently prost.i.tuting herself to the children of the a.s.syrians, the princes, and rulers that came to her, clothed with divers colours, to the hors.e.m.e.n that rode upon horses, and to young men all of great beauty.
23:13. And I saw that she was defiled, and that they both took one way.
23:14. And she increased her fornications: and when she had seen men painted on the wall, the images of the Chaldeans set forth in colours,
23:15. And girded with girdles about their reins, and with dyed turbans on their heads, the resemblance of all the captains, the likeness of the sons of Babylon, and of the land of the Chaldeans wherein they were born,
23:16. She doted upon them with the l.u.s.t of her eyes, and she sent messengers to them into Chaldea.
23:17. And when the sons of Babylon were come to her to the bed of love, they defiled her with their fornications, and she was polluted by them, and her soul was glutted with them.
23:18. And she discovered her fornications, and discovered her disgrace: and my soul was alienated from her, as my soul was alienated from her sister.
23:19. For she multiplied her fornications, remembering the days of her youth, in which she played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
23:20. And she was mad with l.u.s.t after lying with them whose flesh is as the flesh of a.s.ses: and whose issue as the issue of horses.
23:21. And thou hast renewed the wickedness of thy youth, when thy b.r.e.a.s.t.s were pressed in Egypt, and the paps of thy virginity broken.
23:22. Therefore, Ooliba, thus saith the Lord G.o.d: Behold I will raise up against thee all thy lovers with whom thy soul hath been glutted: and I will gather them together against thee round about.
23:23. The children of Babylon, and all the Chaldeans, the n.o.bles, and the kings, and princes, all the sons of the a.s.syrians, beautiful young men, all the captains, and rulers, the princes of princes, and the renowned hors.e.m.e.n.
23:24. And they shall come upon thee well appointed with chariot and wheel, a mult.i.tude of people: they shall be armed against thee on every side with breastplate, and buckler, and helmet: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee by their judgments.
23:25. And I will set my jealousy against thee, which they shall execute upon thee with fury: they shall cut off thy nose and thy ears: and what remains shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons, and thy daughters, and thy residue shall be devoured by fire.
23:26. And they shall strip thee of thy garments, and take away the instruments of thy glory.
23:27. And I will put an end to thy wickedness in thee, and thy fornication brought out of the land of Egypt: neither shalt thou lift up thy eyes to them, nor remember Egypt any more.
23:28. For thus saith the Lord G.o.d: Behold, I will deliver thee into the hands of them whom thou hatest, into their hands with whom thy soul hath been glutted.
23:29. And they shall deal with thee in hatred, and they shall take away all thy labours, and shall let thee go naked, and full of disgrace, and the disgrace of thy fornication shall be discovered, thy wickedness, and thy fornications.
23:30. They have done these things to thee, because thou hast played the harlot with the nations among which thou wast defiled with their idols.
23:31. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister and I will give her cup into thy hand.
23:32. Thus saith the Lord G.o.d: Thou shalt drink thy sister’s cup, deep and wide: thou shalt be had in derision and scorn, which containeth very much.
23:33. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness, and sorrow: with the cup of grief and sadness, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.
23:34. And thou shalt drink it, and shalt drink it up even to the dregs, and thou shalt devour the fragments thereof, thou shalt rend thy b.r.e.a.s.t.s: because I have spoken it, saith the Lord G.o.d.
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