All the lovers in one place (Ezek 16:35-16:37)

“Therefore!

O whore!

Hear the word of Yahweh!

Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Your lust

Was poured out.

Your nakedness

Was uncovered

In your prostitution activities

With your lovers.

All your idols

Were laid bare.

The blood

Of your children

That you gave them

Was poured out.

Therefore,

I will gather

All your lovers,

With whom

You took pleasure.

I will gather

All those you loved.

I will gather

All those you hated.

I will gather them

Against you

From all around.

I will uncover

Your nakedness

To them.

Thus they may see

All your nakedness.’”

Yahweh clearly called Jerusalem a whore who was going to listen to his word. Jerusalem’s lust was apparent in her nakedness. She had revealed herself with her prostitution activities with all her lovers. Her idols were laid bare. The blood of her children was poured out. Yahweh was going to gather all her lovers with whom she had pleasure. He would gather the ones that she loved and as well as those she hated from all over. Then when they were all gathered together, Yahweh was going to embarrass her by uncovering her nakedness. Thus everyone could see the naked Jerusalem.

The free prostitute (Ezek 16:30-16:31)

“Says Yahweh God.

‘How sick is your heart?

You did all these things.

You did the deeds

Of a brazen whore.

You built a platform

At the head

Of every street.

You made your lofty place

In every square.

Yet you were not

Like a whore,

Because you scorned payment.’”

Yahweh God spoke out again. How sick was the heart of Jerusalem? She had acted like a brazen whore, a prostitute. As mentioned earlier, she built a platform at every street corner and a lofty place in the town square. The only difference between her and a common whore, was that she did not accept any payment for her prostitution activities.