The word of the LORD reads to me; “Son of man, there are four women, daughters of the same mother. Born at two settings, two sets of female twins. They became prostitutes long after their Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In their own lands of indigenous birth, their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed. The older were named Oholah, and their sisters were Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. The twins, Oholah are Europe and Northern America, and Oholibah, Africa and Southern America.
“Oholah engaged in prostitution while they were still mine; they lusted after their lovers, the Ishmealites – warriors clothed in white, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen. They gave themselves as prostitutes to all the elite of the Ishmealites and defiled themselves with the idols of every one they lusted after. They did not give up the prostitution they began long after their Egypt, when during their youth, men slept with them, caressed their virgin bosom and poured out their lust upon them.
“Therefore I handed them over to their lovers, the Ishmealites, for whom they lusted. They stripped them naked, took away their sons and daughters and killed them with their own sword. They have become a by word among all other women, and punishment has inflicted on them.
“Their sisters Oholibah saw this, yet in their lust and prostitution they were more depraved than their sisters. They too lusted after their Ishmealites – governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men. I saw that they too defiled themselves; both set of twins went the same way.
“But Oholibah carried their prostitution still further. They saw men portrayed on walls, figures of old Babylonians portrayed in green, with belts around their waists and small suede turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonians chariot officers, natives of Barracks. As soon as they saw them, they lusted after them and sent messengers to them in their Barracks. Then the Babylonians came to them, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled them. After they had been defiled by them, Oholibah turned away from them in disgust.
“When they carried on their prostitution openly and exposed their nakedness; I turned away from them in disgust, just as I had turned away from their sisters. Yet they became more and more promiscuous as they recalled the days of their youth, when they were prostitutes after their Egypt. There they lusted after lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when long after your Egypt, your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled and drained.”
Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the 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 – the Babylonians and all the Barrack men, the men of intelligence and wisdom and craft, and all the Ishmealites with them, handsome young men once, of the best of your kind, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses you had given them. They will come against you with new kinds of weapons, chariots and wagons and with a throng of people; they will take up positions you will choose for them, against you on every side with large and small shield and helmets you put on their heads. I will turn you over to them and their kind for punishment, and they will punish you according to their standards.
“I will direct my jealous anger against you, and they will deal with you in fury. They will cut off your noses and you will not smell their plots. Cut your ears and you will not hear their steps. Those of you who are left will fall by their sword. They will take away your sons and daughters and those of you who are left will be consumed by their fire of change. They will also strip you of your clothes of honour and take your fine jewelry of freedom. So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began long after your Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember your Egypt anymore.”
For this is what the sovereign LORD says; “I am about to hand you over to those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust. They will deal with you in hatred and take away every thing you have worked for. They will leave you naked in clothes and bare in conscience, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity have brought this upon you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with valuable idols. You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand and see how you will fare.”
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. You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sisters, Europe and Northern America. You will dash it to pieces and tear your breasts. I have spoken, declares the sovereign LORD.”
Therefore this is what the sovereign LORD says; “Since you have forgotten me and thrust me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.” The LORD read to me; “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices, for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands.
“They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed children, whom they bore to me. At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths which I have shown them to respect and glorify. 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.
“They even sent messengers for men who came from far away, and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, painted your eyes and put on your jewelry. You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and oil that belonged to me. The noise of a carefree crowd was around her, drunkards were brought from the desert along with men from the dirt waste of civility, and they put bracelets on the arms of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads. Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, ‘Now let them use her as a prostitute, for that is all she is.’ And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah.
“But righteous men will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood, because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.” This is what the sovereign LORD says; “Bring a mob against them and give them over to terror and plunder. The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their cursed houses. So I will put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you. You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sin of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the sovereign LORD.”
PARAPHRASED FROM EZEKIEL 23; NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) OF THE HOLY BIBLE
In Europe and the Northern Americas
The gospels invaded and cleansed.
Inspired and man made mild crude fracas
They nourished and exposed as it pleased.
The lust that is man is adulterous,
To feed it he opens his sacred legs.
Consumed, he treads only the dangerous
And is so enslaved just like he begs.
Then Africa and all Southern America
Enthusiastically gulped the gospel introduced
With their orientations still Juju and Inca,
Their experience only confused and infused.
The curse of God’s people of old
Is all new in these times as before.
When His covenant does not uphold,
Sovereign LORD remains true as before.