ImmerseProphets - Page 363



23:1-21
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This message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, once there were
two sisters who were daughters of the same mother. They became pros­
titutes in Egypt. Even as young girls, they allowed men to fondle their
breasts. The older girl was named Oho­lah, and her sister was Ohol­i­bah.
I married them, and they bore me sons and daughters. I am speaking of
Sa­mar­ia and Je­ru­sa­lem, for Oho­lah is Sa­mar­ia and Ohol­ib­ ah is Je­ru­sa­lem.
“Then Oho­lah lusted after other lovers instead of me, and she gave her
love to the As­syr­ian officers. They were all attractive young men, captains
and commanders dressed in handsome blue, char­i­oteers driving their
horses. And so she prostituted herself with the most desirable men of As­
syr­ia, worshiping their idols and defiling herself. For when she left Egypt,
she did not leave her spirit of prostitution behind. She was still as lewd as
in her youth, when the Egyptians slept with her, fondled her breasts, and
used her as a prostitute.
“And so I handed her over to her As­syr­ian lovers, whom she desired so
much. They stripped her, took away her children as their slaves, and then
killed her. After she received her punishment, her reputation was known
to every woman in the land.
“Yet even though Ohol­i­bah saw what had happened to Oho­lah, her sis­
ter, she followed right in her footsteps. And she was even more depraved,
abandoning herself to her lust and prostitution. She fawned over all the As­
syr­ian officers—those captains and commanders in handsome uniforms,
those char­i­oteers driving their horses—all of them attractive young men.
I saw the way she was going, defiling herself just like her older sister.
“Then she carried her prostitution even further. She fell in love with
pictures that were painted on a wall—pictures of Bab­ylonian military of­
ficers, outfitted in striking red uniforms. Handsome belts encircled their
waists, and flowing turbans crowned their heads. They were dressed like
char­i­ot officers from the land of Bab­ylonia. When she saw these paintings,
she longed to give herself to them, so she sent messengers to Bab­ylonia
to invite them to come to her. So they came and committed adultery with
her, defiling her in the bed of love. After being defiled, however, she re­
jected them in disgust.
“In the same way, I became disgusted with Ohol­i­bah and rejected her,
just as I had rejected her sister, because she flaunted herself before them
and gave herself to satisfy their lusts. Yet she turned to even greater pros­
titution, remembering her youth when she was a prostitute in Egypt. She
lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey’s and emissions like
those of a horse. And so, Ohol­i­bah, you relived your former days as a
young girl in Egypt, when you first allowed your breasts to be fondled.





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