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Isaiah 57:8-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Behind the door and the doorpost
    you set up your symbol.
Yes, deserting me, you carried up your bedding;
    and spread it wide.
You entered an agreement with them,
    you loved their couch, you gazed upon nakedness.[a]
You approached the king[b] with oil,
    and multiplied your perfumes;
You sent your ambassadors far away,
    down even to deepest Sheol.


  1. 57:8 Nakedness: literally in Hebrew, “hand.” In this context, it may euphemistically refer to a phallus.
  2. 57:9 The king: in Hebrew, the word for king is melek, similar in sound to the Canaanite god Molech, to whom children were offered as a sacrifice in pagan ritual. The expression “your ambassadors” could be a figurative expression for the children whose death served as an offering to this deity.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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