New International Version - UK

Ezekiel 23

Two adulterous sisters

1The 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 breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed. The elder one 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 on her.

‘Therefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom she lusted. 10 They stripped her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women, and punishment was inflicted on her.

11 ‘Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. 12 She too lusted after the Assyrians – governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men. 13 I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.

14 ‘But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans[a] portrayed in red, 15 with belts round their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.[b] 16 As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. 17 Then the Babylonians 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. 18 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister. 19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.[c]

22 ‘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 – 23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, handsome young men, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses. 24 They will come against you with weapons,[d] chariots and wagons and with a throng of people; 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 punishment, and they will punish you according to their standards. 25 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. 26 They will also strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewellery. 27 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 any more.

28 ‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to deliver you into the hands of those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust. 29 They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you stark naked, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity 30 have brought this on you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols. 31 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand.

32 ‘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.
33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,
    the cup of ruin and desolation,
    the cup of your sister Samaria.
34 You will drink it and drain it dry
    and chew on its pieces –
    and you will tear your breasts.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.

35 ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: since you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.’

36 The Lord said to me: ‘Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices, 37 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. 38 They have also done this to me: at that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths. 39 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 house.

40 ‘They even sent messengers for men who came from far away, and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, applied eye makeup and put on your jewellery. 41 You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and olive oil that belonged to me.

42 ‘The noise of a carefree crowd was around her; drunkards were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put bracelets on the wrists of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads. 43 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, “Now let them use her as a prostitute, for that is all she is.” 44 And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah. 45 But righteous judges will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood, because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.

46 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: bring a mob against them and give them over to terror and plunder. 47 The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their houses.

48 ‘So I will put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you. 49 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.’

Notas al pie

  1. Ezekiel 23:14 Or Babylonians
  2. Ezekiel 23:15 Or Babylonia; also in verse 16
  3. Ezekiel 23:21 Syriac (see also verse 3); Hebrew caressed because of your young breasts
  4. Ezekiel 23:24 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以西结书 23

两个淫妇的比喻

1耶和华对我说: “人子啊,有一对同胞姊妹, 她们在埃及做娼妓,年轻时就淫乱,任人抚摸她们的胸,玩弄她们的乳。 姐姐名叫阿荷拉,妹妹名叫阿荷利巴。后来她们都归属了我,并且生儿育女。阿荷拉即撒玛利亚,阿荷利巴即耶路撒冷。

“阿荷拉归属我后仍然淫乱,贪恋她的情人——亚述人。 他们都是身穿紫衣的省长和总督,都是英俊的年轻骑士。 她便与这些亚述的精英放纵情欲,拜他们的偶像,玷污自己。 她没有放弃在埃及的淫荡行为,她年轻的时候就任人玩弄、发泄情欲。 因此,我把她交在她所恋慕的亚述人手里。 10 他们扒光她的衣服,夺去她的儿女,用刀杀了她。她受了报应,成了妇女口中的笑柄。

11 “她妹妹阿荷利巴看见这一切,不但没有引以为戒,反而更加放荡淫乱。 12 她贪恋亚述的省长和总督,那些衣着华丽、英俊的年轻骑士。 13 我看见她玷污了自己,与姐姐的行径如出一辙。 14 她还变本加厉地放荡淫乱,看见墙上用朱砂画着迦勒底人的像, 15 腰间束带,头巾飘扬,都像是来自迦勒底的巴比伦人的将领, 16 便恋上了他们,差遣使者到他们那里。 17 巴比伦人便来上她的床,放纵情欲玷污了她。之后,她便厌弃他们。 18 她继续公开地淫乱,在众人面前赤身露体,我厌弃她,像厌弃她姐姐一样。 19 她却更加淫乱,怀念自己年轻时在埃及为娼的日子, 20 怎样与那些体壮精足、如驴似马的情人纵淫, 21 渴望重温早年的淫行,任埃及人摸胸弄乳。

22 “因此,主耶和华对阿荷利巴这样说,‘我要使那些被你离弃的情人从四面八方来攻击你。 23 他们是巴比伦人,还有从比割、书亚和哥亚来的迦勒底人以及亚述人,都是骑马的省长和总督及年轻英俊的有名将领。 24 他们率领大队人马,带着兵器、战车和军需车来攻击你。他们顶盔贯甲,手拿盾牌从四面八方进攻你。我要让他们惩罚你,他们会按自己的律例来审判你。 25 我要借着他们向你倾倒我的义愤,他们要在愤怒中对付你,割去你的鼻子和耳朵,掳去你的儿女,城中剩下的人都要死于刀下,被火吞噬。 26 他们要剥下你的衣服,夺去你的珠宝。 27 我要借此制止你从埃及染上的淫乱和放荡,使你不再向往埃及。 28 我要把你交在你所厌恶的人手中, 29 他们必满怀仇恨地对付你,夺去你努力得来的一切,留下你赤身露体,使你淫荡的丑恶公布于众。 30 因为你与各国苟合,被他们的偶像玷污,这些事必临到你身上。 31 你既然步你姐姐的后尘,我要让你喝她喝的那杯。’

32 “主耶和华说,

“‘你必喝你姐姐那又大又深的杯,
成为人们耻笑和辱骂的对象。
33 你姐姐撒玛利亚的杯盛满了恐惧和凄凉。
你喝了后必酩酊大醉,
满心忧愁。
34 你必一滴不剩把它喝光,
然后把杯摔成碎片,
抓破自己的胸脯。
这是主耶和华说的。’

35 “主耶和华说,‘你既忘记我,把我抛在脑后,就要受自己放荡淫乱的报应。’”

36 耶和华又对我说:“人子啊,你要审判阿荷拉和阿荷利巴,指出她们的丑行。 37 她们淫荡,手上沾满血腥,与偶像淫乱,把为我所生的儿女烧死献给偶像。 38 同时,她们还在同一天玷污我的圣所,亵渎我的安息日, 39 她们焚烧自己的儿女献祭给偶像,并在当天进入我的圣所,亵渎圣所。这就是她们在我圣所里的恶行。

40 “她们甚至派使者请来远方的人,并且沐浴洗身,描眉画眼,佩戴首饰, 41 坐在华丽的床上,面前的桌子上摆设着我的香料和膏油。 42 她们屋里传出众人的安乐声,从旷野来的酒徒和粗汉把镯子戴在这对姊妹的手腕上,把华冠戴在她们的头上。 43 我说,‘她们纵欲无度、年老色衰,这些人还与她们淫乱。 44 他们与这对淫妇阿荷拉和阿荷利巴淫乱,好像与娼妓淫乱一样。 45 她们是双手沾满血腥的淫妇,必有义人按她们应得的报应审判她们。’

46 “主耶和华说,‘我要使许多人起来攻击、抢掠她们,叫她们胆战心惊。 47 这些人要用石头打死她们,用刀杀戮她们和她们的儿女,用火烧毁她们的房屋。 48 这样,我便制止了这地方的淫乱,所有的妇女都引以为戒,不敢效法她们。 49 她们淫乱,必得报应;她们拜偶像,必受惩罚。这样,你们就知道我是主耶和华。’”