Ezekiel 16:31
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New International Version
When you built your mounds at every street corner and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were unlike a prostitute, because you scorned payment.

New Living Translation
You build your pagan shrines on every street corner and your altars to idols in every square. In fact, you have been worse than a prostitute, so eager for sin that you have not even demanded payment.

English Standard Version
building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute, because you scorned payment.

New American Standard Bible
"When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in disdaining money, you were not like a harlot.

King James Bible
In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
building your mound at the head of every street and making your elevated place in every square. But you were unlike a prostitute because you scorned payment.

International Standard Version
When you built your mound on every street corner and constructed your high place at every plaza, you weren't like a common prostitute, in that you've insulted the wages of a prostitute

NET Bible
When you built your chamber at the head of every street and put up your pavilion in every public square, you were not like a prostitute, because you scoffed at payment.

New Heart English Bible
in that you build your vaulted place at the head of every way, and make your lofty place in every street, and have not been as a prostitute, in that you scorn pay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You build your platforms at the head of every street and place your illegal worship sites in every square. Yet, you aren't like other prostitutes, because you don't want to be paid.

JPS Tanakh 1917
in that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thy lofty place in every street; and hast not been as a harlot that enhanceth her hire.

New American Standard 1977
“When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in disdaining money, you were not like a harlot.

Jubilee Bible 2000
building thine altars at the head of every way and making thine altars in every street! And thou hast not been as a harlot in that thou scornest hire,

King James 2000 Bible
In that you build your shrine at the head of every street, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as a harlot, in that you scorned payment;

American King James Version
In that you build your eminent place in the head of every way, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as an harlot, in that you scorn hire;

American Standard Version
in that thou buildest thy vaulted place at the head of every way, and makest thy lofty place in every street, and hast not been as a harlot, in that thou scornest hire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because thou hast built thy brothel house at the head of every way, and thou hast made thy high place in every street: and wast not as a harlot that by disdain enhanceth her price,

Darby Bible Translation
in that thou buildest thy place of debauchery at the head of every way, and makest thy high place in every street! And thou hast not been as a harlot, in that thou scornest reward,

English Revised Version
in that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thy lofty place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire.

Webster's Bible Translation
In that thou buildest thy eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thy high place in every street; and hast not been as a harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

World English Bible
in that you build your vaulted place at the head of every way, and make your lofty place in every street, and have not been as a prostitute, in that you scorn pay.

Young's Literal Translation
In thy building thine arch at the head of every way, Thy high place thou hast made in every broad place, And -- hast not been as a whore deriding a gift.
Study Bible
Jerusalem's Unfaithfulness
30"How languishing is your heart," declares the Lord GOD, "while you do all these things, the actions of a bold-faced harlot. 31"When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in disdaining money, you were not like a harlot. 32"You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband!…
Cross References
Isaiah 52:3
For thus says the LORD, "You were sold for nothing and you will be redeemed without money."

Ezekiel 16:24
that you built yourself a shrine and made yourself a high place in every square.

Ezekiel 16:32
"You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband!
Treasury of Scripture

In that you build your eminent place in the head of every way, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as an harlot, in that you scorn hire;

In that thou buildest thine. or, In thy daughters is thine

Ezekiel 16:24,39 That you have also built to you an eminent place, and have made you …

makest

Ezekiel 16:25 You have built your high place at every head of the way, and have …

Hosea 12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice …

in that thou scornest

Ezekiel 16:33,34 They give gifts to all whores: but you give your gifts to all your …

Isaiah 52:3 For thus said the LORD, You have sold yourselves for nothing; and …

(31) Eminent place.--See note on Ezekiel 16:24.

In that thou scornest him.--It was characteristic of both the kingdoms of Israel after the division, that the interference of foreign nations in their affairs was generally sought first by Israel itself and purchased at a heavy price. The people were so situated on the great highway between the rival nations of Egypt and Assyria, that their friendship ought to have been of value to either of them, and to have been sought with great inducements. But Israel, in its weakness and wickedness, more than threw itself away and purchased its own ruin. The particulars mentioned in this verse belong to the past rather than to the present, and all the tenses should be so translated.

Verse 31. - In that, etc. It is better to take the words as beginning a fresh sentence: "when thou didst build," etc. The historical survey of the harlot's progress is brought to a close, and the prophet points with bitter scorn to what aggravated its degradation. Other nations, like Tyre and Zidon, had risen to prosperity and eminence through their intercourse with foreigners. To Judah it had brought only subjection and the payment of tribute. She had given gifts to all her lovers, instead of receiving from them the rewards of her shame. She was as the adulterous wife who forsakes her husband, and gives what belonged to him to strangers. The conduct of Ahaz in stripping the Temple of its gold and silver to pay tribute to Assyria (2 Kings 16:8), gives an apt illustration of what the prophet means (comp. Hosea 12:1; Isaiah 30:6). In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way,.... Or brothel house, as before; See Gill on Ezekiel 16:24; which showed her to be a whore, and an imperious one:

and makest thine high place in every street; See Gill on Ezekiel 16:24;

and hast not been as an harlot: a common one, or as a harlot usually is:

in that thou scornest hire; which they do not; for it is for hire they prostitute themselves; and have their names, both in our language, and in the Latin tongue, from, thence. 31. Repetition of Eze 16:24.

not … as … harlot … thou scornest hire—Unlike an ordinary harlot thou dost prostitute thy person gratis, merely to satisfy thy lust. Jerome translates, "Thou hast not been as a harlot in scorning (that is, who ordinarily scorns) a hire offered," in order to get a larger one: nay, thou hast offered hire thyself to thy lovers (Eze 16:33, 34). But these verses show English Version to be preferable, for they state that Israel prostituted herself, not merely for any small reward without demanding more, but for "no reward."16:1-58 In this chapter God's dealings with the Jewish nation, and their conduct towards him, are described, and their punishment through the surrounding nations, even those they most trusted in. This is done under the parable of an exposed infant rescued from death, educated, espoused, and richly provided for, but afterwards guilty of the most abandoned conduct, and punished for it; yet at last received into favour, and ashamed of her base conduct. We are not to judge of these expressions by modern ideas, but by those of the times and places in which they were used, where many of them would not sound as they do to us. The design was to raise hatred to idolatry, and such a parable was well suited for that purpose.
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