Verse 1 – Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 2 – “Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
Verse 3 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: “Your birth and your nativity are from the land Canaan; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
Canaan was the territory taken over by the children of Israel. The Bible often uses the name Canaan, to refer to the corrupt pagan nations of the region. The Amorites and Hittites were two groups of Canaanite peoples. They were known for their wickedness and idol worship. God was telling His people that they were no better than them.
Verse 4 – “As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor swathed in swaddling cloths.
This verse refers to what is normally done for every infant born. God called Abraham out to leave his idolatry country: Salted-salt was used to purge, dry, and strengthen the new-born child. Nor swaddled – the state of the Jews in their birth, without beauty, without strength, and without friend.
Verse 5 – “No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into an open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.
This is where God founded His people: Deuteronomy 32:10 – “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
Sometimes we need to be reminded of the shape we were in when we first came to God. It will keep us humble and not let us think we are any better than those who are still lost.
Verse 6 – “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’
Verse 7 – “I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.
Verse 8 – “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
Verse 9 – “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.
Verse 10 – “I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
Verse 11 – “I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck.
God not only took care of all their needs, but the finest gold and materials were used to build and furnish the temple. He prospered them like no other nation before them. They literally had spit in His face by filling the temple with false gods and useless idols to worship. Has God prospered you? Then don’t ever forget whom made it possible.
Verse 12 – “And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Verse 13 – “Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.
Verse 14 – “Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.
Verse 15 – “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.
This accusation, “acted like a prostitute,” is a picture of spiritual adultery, called apostasy. They had everything they could possibly desire, including a Mighty God who fought their battles, and they turned their affection away from Him to pagan gods.
Verse 16 – “You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be.
Verse 17 – “You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images and played the harlot with them.
Verse 18 – “You took your embroidered garments and covered them, and you set My oil and My incense before them.
Verse 19 – “Also My food which I gave you – the pastry of fine flour, oil, and honey which I fed you – you set it before them as sweet incense; and so it was,” says the Lord God.
Verse 20 – “Moreover you took your sons, and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter,
Verse 21 – “that you have slain My children and offered them up to them causing them to pas through the fire?
Child sacrifice had been practiced by the Canaanites long before Israel entered the land. By Ezekiel’s time, however, the people were openly sacrificing their children. Because of these acts and others, the temple became unfit for God to inhabit it.
Verse 22 – “And in your abomination and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.
Verse 23 – “Then it was so, after all your wickedness – ‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord God –
Verse 24 – “that you also built for yourself a shrine and made a high place for yourself in every street.
Verse 25 – “You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry.
Verse 26 – “You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.
All these acts of abominations that God’s people did, all out in the open, were done without any fear of consequences from God. We see this in our society today. People don’t even have any fear of going to jail, let alone the fear of having to answer to God All Mighty. Do they know better, yes they do. But they don’t care, and neither did the people of Judah.
Verse 27 – “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior.
Verse 28 – “You have played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied.
The people had adapted the ways of the Assyrians and worshiped false pagan gods. By being unfaithful to God of Israel, they had prostituted themselves for gain of power from another.
Verse 29 – “Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.
Verse 30 – “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord God, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.
Verse 31 – “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment.
Verse 32 – “You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband.
Verse 33 – “Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry.
Verse 34 – “You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given to you, therefore you are the opposite.
Normally prostitutes would receive payment for their acts, but Jerusalem had descended so far into sin that they scorned the payment.
This description of the people of Jerusalem doesn’t shock us today. We see all these acts that they did widespread across the world. When they were exposed and confronted they had no shame, just continued to do them in the face of God. What was wrong then is still wrong today and there will be a price to pay.
Verse 35 – ‘Now then, Harlot, hear the word of the Lord!
Verse 36 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because of your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them,
Verse 37 – “surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.
The people of Judah were going to be exposed for all of their vile despicable and perverse actions. None of these doings were ever hidden from God. What’s sad is in the world we live in today, we see the perverse and vile things that people do reported in our news everyday, and don’t even blink. People have no shame when they murder, rape, or even lie and get caught. We see our leaders in Washington lie time after time to the American people, and think nothing of it when they are exposed. I see no difference in what Judah and Israel got punishment for and our society today.
Verse 38 – “And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy.
Exodus 34:14- “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. We all know what it means when someone promises to love only one person in that special way, and then gets caught giving that same love and affection to another. Our God is jealous of the love and adoration we should be giving to Him, but give to others or other things.
Verse 39 – “I will also give you into the hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.
Verse 40 – “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords.
Verse 41 – “They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgment on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers.
Verse 42 – “So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more.
Verse 43 – “Because you did not remember the days of your youth, but agitated Me with all these things, surely I will also recompense your deeds on your won head,” says the Lord God. “And you shall not commit lewdness in addition to all your abominations.
Verse 44 – “Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter!’
Today, we say, “Like father, like son” or “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”
Verse 45 – “You are your mothers daughter, loathing husband and children; and you are the sister of sisters, who loathed their husbands and children; your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.
God was very plain in reminding them that they acted like the Hittites and the Amorites which God had used the Israelites to remove from the land of Canaan because their sin had reached an intolerable level.
Verse 46 – “Your older sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters.
Verse 47 – “You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways.
The Israelites had become way more corrupt than Sodom which God had completely destroyed because of their wickedness. Sodomy is a sexual act named after the homosexual perversions at Sodom (Genesis 19:5-29). Therefore, what Ezekiel was telling God’s people, was that they had become as perverted and detestable as the people in Sodom before God wiped them out.
Verse 48 – “As I live,” says the Lord God, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done.
Verse 49 – “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Ezekiel reminded Judah, that Sodom not only was destroyed for their sexual sin, but because of their arrogance, gluttony, and indifference to the needy. These sins may not be as shocking to us, but they are still sins that are forbidden by God.
Verse 50 – “And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.
Verse 51 – “Samaria did not commit half of your sins; but you have multiplied your abominations more than they, and have justified your sisters by all the abominations which you have done.
Verse 52 – “You who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs; they are more righteous than you. Yes, be disgraced also, and bear your own shame, because you justified your sisters.
Verse 53 – “When I bring back their captives, the captives of Sodom and her daughters, and the captives of Samaria and her daughters, then I will also bring back the captives of your captivity among them,
Verse 54 – “that you may bear your own shame and be disgraced by all that you did when you comforted them.
Verse 55 – “When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, return to their former state, and Samaria and her daughter return to their former state, then you and your daughters will return to your former state.
That didn’t happen, so neither did those people in Judah return to their former state. God was being sarcastic.
Verse 56 – “For your sister Sodom was not a byword in your mouth in the days of your pride,
Verse 57 – “before your wickedness was uncovered. It was like the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria and all who were around her, and of the daughters of the Philistines, who despise you everywhere.
In the days of your pride refers to the golden days of Jerusalem during the reign of David.
Verse 58 – “You have paid for your lewdness and your abominations,” says the Lord.
Verse 59 – ‘For thus says the Lord God: “I will deal with you as you have done, who despised the oath by breaking the covenant.
Verse 60 – “Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
Verse 61 – “Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters, for I will give them to you for daughters, but not because of My covenant with you.
Verse 62 – “And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord,
Verse 63 – “that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord God.’ ”
Although God’s people had broken their promises to Him, God did not break His promise to them. The everlasting covenant was put into effect when Jesus paid for the sins of all mankind by His death on the cross (Hebrews 10:8-10). Even though, just like Judah, we deserve nothing but punishment for our sin, Christ took the punishment for us!