Two Adulterous Sisters
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.
They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth.
In that land their breast were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.
The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah.
They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters.
Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.
"Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine;
and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians - warriors
clothed in blue, governors and commanders,
all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen.
She gave herself as a prostitute to all the elite of the Assyrians
and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after.
She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt,
when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom
and poured out their lust upon her.
"Therefore I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom shelusted.
They stripped her naked, took away her sons and daughters
and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women,
and punishemnt was inflicted on her.
"Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution
she was more depraved than her sister.
She too lusted after theAssyrians - governors and commanders,
warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men.
I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.
"But she carried her prostitution still further.
She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans portrayed in red,
with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads;
all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.
As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them
and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
Then the Babyloians came to her, to the bed of love,
and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them,
she turned away from them in disgust.
When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her nakedness,
I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.
Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled
the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt.
There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of
donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
So you longed for the lewdness of your youth,
when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.
"Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I will stir up your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust,
and I will bring them against you from every side -
the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and Shoa and Koia,
and all the Assyrians with, handome young men, all of them governors and
commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses.
They will come against you with weapons, chariots and wagons and
with a throng of peope; they will take up positions against you on every side
with large and small shields and with helmets. I will turn you over to them
for punishemnt, and they will punish you according to their standards.
I will direct my jealous anger against you,
and they will deal with you in fury.
They will cut off your noses and your ears,
and those of you who are left will fall by the sword.
They will take away your sons and daughters,
and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire.
They will also strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry.
So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt.
You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.
"For this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I am about to hand you over to those you hate,
to those you turned away from in disgust.
They will deal with you in hatred and
take away everything you have worked for.
They will leave you naked and bare, and the shame of
your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity
have brought this upon you, because you lusted after
the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.
You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
"You will drink your sister's cup, a cup large and deep;
it will bring scorn and derision, for it holds so much.
You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,
the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria.
You will drink it and drain it dry;
you will dash it to pieces and tear your breast.
I have spoken, delcare the Sovereign LORD.
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
Since you have forgotten me and thrust me behind your back,
you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution."
The LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah?
Then confront them with their detestable practices,
for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands.
They committed adultery with their idols;
they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them.
They have also done this to me;
At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths.
On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols,
they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my hourse.
"They even sent messengers for men who came from far away,
and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them,
painted your eyes and put on your jewelry.
You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread befor it on which
you had placed the incense and oil that belonged to me.
"The noise of a carefree crowd was around her;
Sabeans were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble,
and they put bracelets on the arms of the woman and her sister
and beautiful crowns on their heads.
Then I said about the one worn out by adultery,
'Now let them use her as a prostitute, for that is all she is.'
And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute,
so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah.
But righteous men will sentence them to the punishment of women
who commit adultery and shed blood,
because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.
"This is what the sovereign LORD says:
Bring a mob against them and give them over to terror and plunder.
The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords;
they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their houses.
"So I will put an end to lewdness in the land,
that all women may take warning and not imitate you.
You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences
of your sins of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD."