God’s Unfaithful Bride
16:1 The word of the
16:6 “‘I passed by you and saw you kicking around helplessly in your blood. I said to you as you lay there in your blood, “Live!” I said to you as you lay there in your blood, “Live!”6 16:7 I made you plentiful like sprouts in a field; you grew tall and came of age so that you could wear jewelry. Your breasts had formed and your hair had grown, but you were still naked and bare.
16:8 “‘Then I passed by you and watched you, noticing7 that you had reached the age for love.8 I spread my cloak9 over you and covered your nakedness. I swore a solemn oath to you and entered into a marriage covenant with you, declares the sovereign
16:9 “‘Then I bathed you in water, washed the blood off you, and anointed you with fragrant oil.
16:10 I dressed you in embroidered clothing and put fine leather sandals on your feet. I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
16:11 I adorned you with jewelry. I put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck.
16:12 I put a ring in your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
16:13 You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidery. You ate the finest flour, honey, and olive oil. You became extremely beautiful and attained the position of royalty.
16:14 Your fame10 spread among the nations because of your beauty; your beauty was perfect because of the splendor which I bestowed on you, declares the sovereign
16:15 “‘But you trusted in your beauty and capitalized on your fame by becoming a prostitute. You offered your sexual favors to every man who passed by so that your beauty12 became his.
16:16 You took some of your clothing and made for yourself decorated high places; you engaged in prostitution on them. You went to him to become his.13
16:17 You also took your beautiful jewelry, made of my gold and my silver I had given to you, and made for yourself male images and engaged in prostitution14 with them.
16:18 You took your embroidered clothing and used it to cover them; you offered my olive oil and my incense to them.
16:19 As for my food that I gave you – the fine flour, olive oil, and honey I fed you – you placed it before them as a soothing aroma. That is exactly what happened, declares the sovereign
16:20 “‘You took your sons and your daughters whom you bore to me and you sacrificed them15 as food for the idols to eat. As if your prostitution not enough, 16:21 you slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.16 16:22 And with all your abominable practices and prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth when you were naked and bare, kicking around in your blood.
16:23 “‘After all of your evil – “Woe! Woe to you!” declares the sovereign
16:30 “‘How sick is your heart, declares the sovereign
16:32 “‘Adulterous wife, who prefers strangers instead of her own husband! 16:33 All prostitutes receive payment,24 but instead you give gifts to every one of your lovers. You bribe them to come to you from all around for your sexual favors! 16:34 You were different from other prostitutes25 because no one solicited you. When you gave payment and no payment was given to you, you became the opposite!
16:35 “‘Therefore O prostitute, hear the word of the
16:43 “‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth and have enraged me with all these deeds, I hereby repay you for what you have done,31 declares the sovereign
16:44 “‘Observe – everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.”
16:45 You are the daughter of your mother, who detested her husband and her sons, and you are the sister of your sisters who detested their husbands and their sons. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.
16:46 Your older sister was Samaria, who lived north32 of you with her daughters, and your younger sister, who lived south33 of you, was Sodom34 with her daughters.
16:47 Have you not copied their behavior35 and practiced their abominable deeds? In a short time36 you became even more depraved in all your conduct than they were!
16:48 As surely as I live, declares the sovereign
16:49 “‘See here – this was the iniquity37 of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters had majesty, abundance of food, and enjoyed carefree ease, but they did not help38 the poor and needy. 16:50 They were haughty and practiced abominable deeds before me. Therefore when I saw it I removed them. 16:51 Samaria has not committed half the sins you have; you have done more abominable deeds than they did.39 You have made your sisters appear righteous with all the abominable things you have done. 16:52 So now, bear your disgrace, because you have given your sisters reason to justify their behavior.40 Because the sins you have committed were more abominable than those of your sisters; they have become more righteous than you. So now, be ashamed and bear the disgrace of making your sisters appear righteous.
16:53 “‘I will restore their fortunes, the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters (along with your fortunes among them),
16:54 so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in consoling them.
16:55 As for your sisters, Sodom and her daughters will be restored to their former status, Samaria and her daughters will be restored to their former status, and you and your daughters will be restored to your former status.
16:56 In your days of majesty,41 was not Sodom your sister a byword in your mouth,
16:57 before your evil was exposed? Now you have become an object of scorn to the daughters of Aram42 and all those around her and to the daughters of the Philistines – those all around you who despise you.
16:58 You must bear your punishment for your obscene conduct and your abominable practices, declares the
16:59 “‘For this is what the sovereign