The New International Version
Restore columns
Exit Fullscreen

Two Adulterous Sisters

23 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.y They became prostitutes in Egypt,z engaging in prostitutiona from their youth.b In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.c 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.d

“Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrianse—warriorsf 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.g She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt,h when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her.i

“Therefore I delivered her into the handsj of her lovers,k the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.l 10 They strippedm her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women,n and punishment was inflictedo on her.p

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

14 “But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall,u figures of Chaldeansa portrayed in red,v 15 with beltsw around 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 messengersx to them in Chaldea.y 17 Then the Babyloniansz 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.a 18 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body,b I turned awayc from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.d 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 e

22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stir up your loversf against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every sideg23 the Babyloniansh and all the Chaldeans,i the men of Pekodj 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.k 24 They will come against you with weapons,d chariots and wagonsl 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,m and they will punish you according to their standards. 25 I will direct my jealous angern 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,o and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire.p 26 They will also stripq you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry.r 27 So I will put a stops to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.

28 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to deliver you into the handst 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,u and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed.v Your lewdnessw and promiscuityx 30 have brought this on you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.y 31 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cupz into your hand.a

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,b

for it holds so much.c

33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,

the cup of ruin and desolation,

the cup of your sister Samaria.d

34 You will drink ite and drain it dry

and chew on its pieces—

and you will tear your breasts.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.f

35 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you have forgotteng me and turned your back on me,h you must beari the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.”

36 The Lord said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confrontj them with their detestable practices,k 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.l 38 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuarym and desecrated my Sabbaths.n 39 On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecratedo it. That is what they did in my house.p

40 “They even sent messengers for men who came from far away,q and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, applied eye makeupr and put on your jewelry.s 41 You sat on an elegant couch,t with a tableu spread before it on which you had placed the incensev and olive oil that belonged to me.w

42 “The noise of a carefreex crowd was around her; drunkardsy were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put braceletsz on the wrists of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads.a 43 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, ‘Now let them use her as a prostitute,b 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,c because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.d

46 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Bring a mobe against them and give them over to terror and plunder.f 47 The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughtersg and burnh down their houses.i

48 “So I will put an endj to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you.k 49 You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry.l Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.m


About The New International Version

The NIV is the world’s most read and trusted contemporary English Bible translation. It follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English. The NIV is the most readable English Bible ever produced.


Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 Biblica, Inc.™

Used by Permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

“New International Version” and “NIV” are registered trademarks of Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission.

The NIV® text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page as follows:

“Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”

The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

When quotations from the NIV® text are used by a local church in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, overhead transparencies, or similar materials, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIV®) must appear at the end of each quotation.

Any commentary or other biblical reference work produced for commercial sale, that uses the NIV® text must obtain written permission for use of the NIV® text.

Permission requests for commercial use within the USA and Canada that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530, USA. www.Zondervan.com

Permission requests for commercial use within the UK, EU and EFTA that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom. www.Hodder.co.uk

Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Biblica US, Inc., 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA. www.Biblica.com

Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers printed in this Bible are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of the Bible.

Support Info


Table of Contents