Ezekiel Chapter 23
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23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.
25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.
29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.
40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 23 Bible commentary...
A history of the apostacy of God's people from him, and the aggravation thereof.
- In this parable, Samaria and Israel bear the name Aholah, "her own tabernacle;" because the places of worship those kingdoms had, were of their own devising. Jerusalem and Judah bear the name of Aholibah, "my tabernacle is in her," because their temple was the place which God himself had chosen, to put his name there. The language and figures are according to those times. Will not such humbling representations of nature keep open perpetual repentance and sorrow in the soul, hiding pride from our eyes, and taking us from self-righteousness? Will it not also prompt the soul to look to God continually for grace, that by his Holy Spirit we may mortify the deeds of the body, and live in holy conversation and godliness?
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Connie's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 1/24/2013, 9:31am...
I agree with Jan and Eric. God uses analogies in His writings so that we can relate to how He feels. I think you are both right on. Israel has come a long way from the traditions that they were taught in the Old Testament. They are sinners just like everyone else and have to repent, just like the Gentiles.
Mary's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment about verse 37 on 10/21/2012, 10:16pm...
Ezekiel 23:37 speaks of adultery. People often wonder "does adultery only apply to marriage?". Yes, adultery does refer to someone who is married and puts away the spouse and all that, but this same principle also applies in a single person's life. In short: a married person is married and is exclusive to their spouse. A single person is exclusive to God (remaining pure) until married then that person is exclusive to the spouse. One's relationship to God is the most important thing to establish before even thinking about a relationship. 1 Chronicles 11:16 is a good memory verse. So in summary: a married person is married and remains exclusive to the spouse and a single person is God's child and stays pure so that the future relationship God has planned for that person will be wonderful and all that God had intended for it to be.
André's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 9/05/2012, 9:07am...
This is in no way insane or rude. It is rather GOD using analogy, just as Stan Sykes has said.
Of course I’m not sure if those things could be said publicly as the prophet does, (with regard to the customs and manners of the time)…
But in so many instances, the Bible calls idolatry as prostitution (Exodus 32:25) and in many other places. So the prostitution here refers to idolatry which sometimes included disordered sex or even orgies as commended by the priest of the gods of the nations which Israel submitted himself to.
Now the fact that GOD through the Prophet goes that far as to private organs is another figure of speech, GOD using the reasoning of the prostitute, to get attention from the prostitute.
If those things were openly spoken of, or were common place, that’s ok. But if they were not, which means the prophet is coming rude… That’s another figure of speech, I try to find the Greek name, but my connection is so bad this evening. However, the translation in English is Excess, which means saying bad things, even scandalous ones to get one’s attention… We have it in African languages, like in Lingala we call that figure of speech ‘’KOSANZA’’ which translates ‘’ to spew (I’m very sure if that how it should be written) or to vomit’’ which means saying bad shocking things, even purely rude insane nonsense to shock and get everybody ashamed, shut up and leave.
So there is nothing bad or strange in that.
Melchor.Occidental's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 9/05/2012, 8:23am...
Believe me it give me feeling like I am reading pornography story. When I told this is to my friend Marry-. She said don’t seduce me. She didn’t believe it’s from the Bible. She bet on that. And lost it and she came back to me as she promised me.
Eric's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 5/08/2012, 10:37pm...
It appears that the Lord was upset with Palestine/Israel and Samaria for taking in the cultures and pagan religions of Egypt and surrounding civilizations, all practicing similar pagan religions involving gruesome rituals and enslavement of men/women. One verse indicates that ancient Israelites of Jerusalem, Aholibah, were guilty of performing a pagan ritual, casting their children into the fire, in His name. That would fall right in line with some of different accounts of ancient Israel's integration of pagan rituals (traditions of men) with Yahwehism (pure Old Testament religion) throughout the Old and New Testaments. Jesus and other prophets tried to warn their fellow Israelites, attempting to correct their straying from Yahweh's commandments into the laws and customs of man-made principalities, the "traditions of men".
I'd be upset with them too. Don't be offended the harsh language, God essentially created these two pure lands and the leaders of each land both desecrated their sovereignty and betrayed their creator by trashing his gifts and proselytizing into paganism.
Wah's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 5/12/2011, 7:44am...
Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh [is as] the flesh of asses, and whose issue [is like] the issue of horses.
is this chapter metaphorical or literally
Phyllis Buckman's Ezekiel Chapter 23 comment on 12/18/2010, 7:39pm...
Ezekial is God's word. As is all of God's word and as such it is holy and useful and should be read, studied and heeded.
"All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" -- 2 Timothy 3:16
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