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What is the meaning of Ezekiel chapter 16 verse 6?

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January 07, 2012 5:09AM

The chapter teaches that God Almighty has allowed christians to commit all kinds of sins such as incest, prostitution, and all the simliar sins you can think of.

If you read the chapter your mind will be baffled by the fake verses or word of God that teaches these horrendous crimes to humanity. It is an insult to human dignity whether one belives in God or not.

That shows why a lot of christians are committing these crimes, they do things word by word as described in those verses and think that it is allowed to commit such evil acts because Jesus died for bthier sins?

That is why many learned individuals elieve that such commandments are not the command of God but shows that Christianity is a corrupt religion.

Well, first off I must respond to the entry above. Christianity, like any other religion on earth, has its fair share of corruption -- but that corruption is not of God, nor is it condoned or taught in the bible. The entry above offers no information at all with regard to the verse in question, and is simply a rambling personal opinion on religion. I am sure there are other areas of wiki for the response, but this question was more specific.

If you read the verse in question, it is quite obvious that it is in NO way teaching people to act in the ways listed by the contributor above -- it is quite the opposite and the entire chapter tells the story of God scorning a woman (that He saved in her youth) for being a prostitute and using the gifts He gave her for her own selfish reasons. He is telling her how he will punish her for her behavior. Additionally, throughout the entire bible, God's people encounter other people (in this particular chapter it is the Amorites and Hittites mentioned) who live immorally and for their own selfish desires, and God's people end up following suit...which is the point of this entire chapter, Ez. 16:6.

So, to answer the question, if you read the entire chapter (ez. 16) it starts with God telling of the unclean birth of a child - unwashed, cord not cut, etc. You have to realize that when the Old Testament was written, cleanliness was linked to holiness, or lack thereof. There were literally laws laid out on how to be holy (clean), and God said, "Be holy, for I am holy." So if a person did not observe certain rules (which are laid out in Leviticus re: clean/unclean, sacrifices etc), he was breaking rules of the time. So anyhow, this child was dirty, thus unholy.

Then the chapter goes on to say that whoever delivered this child didn't clean it and took it out to a field, for it was "abhorred" (which means detested or horrifying). It isn't clear whether the child was deformed or what, but the verse in question, #6, specifically says, "And when I passed and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you in your blood, 'Live!'. I said to you in your blood, 'Live!" (ez 16:6). I translate that simply to mean that God saved the child without regard for the deformity or whatever it was that caused the mother to get rid of it.

If you read the rest of the story in context it makes sense...the child is a girl, God takes pity on her and makes her clean, gives her the gifts of beauty, jewels, fine clothing etc. God makes a covenant with the girl (a promise), and she advanced to be a very beautiful woman and became royalty and a ruler.

But as she gets older she uses her beauty and jewels, gifts that God gave her, for her own selfish reasons (sex with many, many partners to advance her own position), and God punishes her for it. So in a nutshell, she forgot about her promise to Him, and went on her own self driven path of immorality, and He didn't like it.

:-) Good luck!

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Ezekiel 16 is an extended prophetic metaphor. "Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations..." (v.2)

The "child" whom God caused to become a beautiful woman is a personification of all those dwelling in Jerusalem, to whom the warning was given (Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine," says the Lord God. - verse 8).

Her "harlotry" was unfaithfulness to God in the form of idolatry, worship of false gods, and most despicably, the human sacrifices of their own children (v. 20, 21).

Therefore, God announces their impending punishment: And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy. (v.38) 'For thus says the Lord God: "I will deal with you as you have done, who despised the oath by breaking the covenant." (v.60)

Even so, after prophetically warning of His coming wrath and judgment, God reiterated His promise to remember them and offer them redemption: "And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done," says the Lord God.'" (v.62, 63)

[Quotes from NKJV]