Ezekiel 16:31
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.

Berean Study Bible
But when you built your shrines at the head of every street and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were not even 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;

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.

Contemporary English Version
You had sex on every street corner, and when you finished, you refused to accept money. That's worse than being a prostitute!

Good News Translation
On every street you built places to worship idols and practice prostitution. But you are not out for money like a common prostitute.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou hast built a house of harlotry in every top of a way, and hast set up thine high place in every street; and thou didst become as a harlot gathering hires.

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
30How weak-willed is your heart, declares the Lord GOD, while you do all these things, the acts of a shameless prostitute! 31But when you built your shrines at the head of every street and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were not even like a prostitute, because you scorned payment. 32You adulterous wife! You receive strangers instead of your own husband!…
Cross References
Isaiah 52:3
For this is what the LORD says: "You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.

Ezekiel 16:24
you built yourself a mound and made yourself a lofty shrine in every public square.

Ezekiel 16:32
You adulterous wife! You receive strangers instead of your own 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.

Ezekiel 16:24,39
That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street…

makest

Ezekiel 16:25
Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

Hosea 12:11
Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

in that thou scornest

Ezekiel 16:33,34
They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom…

Isaiah 52:3
For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.







Lexicon
But when you built
בִּבְנוֹתַ֤יִךְ (biḇ·nō·w·ṯa·yiḵ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

your shrines
גַּבֵּךְ֙ (gab·bêḵ)
Noun - common singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1354: The back, the top, rim, a boss, a vault, arch of eye, bulwarks

at the head
בְּרֹ֣אשׁ (bə·rōš)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

of every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

street
דֶּ֔רֶךְ (de·reḵ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

and made
עָשִׂ֖ית (‘ā·śîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

your lofty shrines
וְרָמָתֵ֥ךְ (wə·rā·mā·ṯêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7413: Height, high place

in every
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

public square,
רְח֑וֹב (rə·ḥō·wḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7339: A broad open place, plaza

you were
הָיִ֥ית (hā·yîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

not even like
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a prostitute,
כַּזּוֹנָ֖ה (kaz·zō·w·nāh)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2181: To commit adultery, to commit idolatry

because you scorned
לְקַלֵּ֥ס (lə·qal·lês)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7046: To disparage, ridicule

payment.
אֶתְנָֽן׃ (’eṯ·nān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 868: The wages (of a harlot)
(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). 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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