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Ezekiel 16:1

    Ezekiel 16:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Again the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

    Webster's Revision

    Again the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

    World English Bible

    Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

    Barnes' Notes on Ezekiel 16:1

    Idolatry is frequently represented by the prophets under the figure of a wife's unfaithfulness to her husband. This image is here so portrayed, as to exhibit the aggravation of Israel's guilt by reason of her origin and early history. The original abode of the progenitors of the race was the land of Canaan, defiled with idolatry and moral corruption. Israel itself was like a child born in a polluted land, abandoned from its birth, left by its parents in the most utter neglect to the chance regard of any passer-by. Such was the state of the people in Egypt Ezekiel 16:3-5. On such a child the Lord looked with pity, tended, and adopted it. Under His care it grew up to be comely and beautiful, and the Lord joined it to Himself in that close union, which is figured by the bonds of wedlock. The covenants made under Moses and Joshua represent this alliance Ezekiel 16:6-8. In the reigns of David and Solomon, Israel shone with all the glory of temporal prosperity Ezekiel 16:9-14. The remainder of the history of the people when divided is, in the prophet's eye, a succession of defection and degradation marked by the erection of high places Ezekiel 16:16-20; by unholy alliances with foreign nations Ezekiel 16:26-33. Such sins were soon to meet their due punishment. As an unfaithful wife was brought before the people, convicted, and stoned, so should the Lord make His people a gazing-stock to all the nations round about, deprive them of all their possessions and of their city, and cast them forth as exiles to be spoiled and destroyed in a foreign land Ezekiel 16:35-43.