The Lord spoke to me. "Mortal man," he said, "there were
once two sisters. When they were
young, living in Egypt, they lost their
virginity and became prostitutes.
The older one was named Oholah
(she represents Samaria), and the
younger one was named Oholibah
(she represents Jerusalem). I married
both of them, and they bore me children. Although she was mine, Ohol
ah continued to be a prostitute and
was full of lust for her lovers from Assyria. They were soldiers in uni
forms of purple, noblemen and high-ranking officers; all of them were
handsome young cavalry officers.
She was the whore for all the Assyrian officers,
and her lust led her to defile herself by worshiping Assyrian
idols. She continued what she had begun as a prostitute in Egypt, where
she lost her virginity. From the time she was a girl, men slept with her
and treated her like a prostitute.
So I handed her over to her Assyrian
lovers whom she wanted so much.
They stripped her naked, seized
her sons and daughters, and then killed
her with a sword. Women everywhere gossiped about her fate.
"Even though her sister Oholibah
saw this, she was wilder and more of a prostitute than Oholah had
ever been. She too was full of lust for
the Assyrian noblemen and officers--soldiers in bright uniforms--and for the
cavalry officers, all of those handsome young men.
I saw that she was completely immoral, that the
second sister was as bad as the first.
"She sank deeper and
her immorality. She was attracted by
the images of high Babylonian officials carved into the wall and painted
bright red, with sashes around their
waists and fancy turbans on their
heads. As soon as she saw them,
she was filled with lust and sent
messengers to them in Babylonia. The
Babylonians came to have sex with her. They used her an defiled her
much that finally she became disgusted with them. She exposed herself publicly and let everyone
know that she was a whore. I was as disgusted
with her as I had been with her sister.
She became more of a
prostitute than ever, acting the way
she did as a girl, when she was a prostitute
in Egypt. She was filled with lust for oversexed men who had
all the lustfulness of donkeys or stallions."
(Oholibah, you wanted to repeat the immorality you were guilty of
as a girl in Egypt, where men played with your breasts and you lost your virginity.)