Ezekiel Chapter 23 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The whoredomes of Aholah & Aholibah. 22 Aholibah is to be plagued by her louers. 36 The Prophet reproueth the adulteries of them both, 45 and sheweth their iudgements.
23 The Babylonians, and all the Caldeans, Pekod, and Shoah, and Koa, all the the Assyrians with them, all of them desireable young men, captaines and rulers, great lords and renowmed, all of them riding vpon horses.
24 And they shall come against thee with charets, wagons and wheeles, and with an assemblie of people which shall set against thee buckler, and shield, and helmet round about: and I will set iudgement before them, and they shal iudge thee according to their iudgements.
25 And I will set my ielousie against thee, and they shall deale furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine eares, and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sonnes and thy daughters, and thy residue shal be deuoured by the fire.
29 And they shall deale with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leaue thee naked and bare, and the nakednesse of thy whoredomes shall bee discouered, both thy lewdnesse and thy whoredomes.
37 That they haue committed adulterie, and blood is in their handes, and with their idoles haue they committed adulterie, and haue also caused their sonnes, whom they bare vnto me, to passe for them through the fire to deuoure them.
40 And furthermore that yee haue sent for men to come from farre, vnto whom a messenger was sent, and loe they came; for whom thou didst wash thy selfe, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thy selfe with ornaments,40
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 wildernesse, which put bracelets vpon their hands, and beautifull crownes vpon their heads.42
View Wesley's Notes for Ezekiel Chapter 23
23:2 Two women - Judah, and Israel, two kingdoms.
23:3 Whoredoms - Idolatry.
23:4 Aholah - That is, his own tabernacle; for Israel falling off from the house of David, fell off from the tabernacle, or temple of God; so that all the temple they had was of their own making. The elder - Greater for number of tribes, and for power, wealth, and for multitudes of people. Aholibah - That is, my tabernacle in her: the two tribes had the temple of God with them. Mine - By solemn marriage - covenant. Bare sons - Were fruitful and brought forth children to me; they increased in numbers of people; and among these, some there were that were children of God by faith, love, and obedience.
23:5 Played the harlot - United in idolatry, with the Assyrians. Mine - When under my government, and protection.
23:6 Horsemen - Skillful in riding, and well furnished with choice horses.
23:7 With all - Other nations, with whom she had commerce.
23:10 Discovered - Stript her naked, and exposed her to shame. Took her sons - Captives. Slew her - The kingdom of Israel, under Hoshea, was by Salmanesar utterly destroyed. They - The Assyrians, had executed God's just displeasure upon her.
23:15 Girded - With soldiers belts, which includes the rest of the habit of soldiers. In dyed attire - Both rich, comely, large, and of divers colours. Princes - Of princely aspect and majesty.
23:17 Alienated - She grew weary of the Chaldeans.
23:18 Discovered - Made it appear to all, far and near.
23:19 By - Remembering her idolatries in Egypt, her alliance with it in days past, which she now resolved to act over again.
23:20 Paramours - The nations, that were confederate with the Egyptians.
23:23 Pekod - Pekod is the province between Tigris, and Lycus; in this was old Nineveh. Shoa - Either Sia in Armenia, or the Sohia, among which were the Adiabeni, and this contained the middle part of the kingdom of Babylon. Koa - This bordered upon Media, the inhabitants were called Kohai, and dwelt about Arbela. And all - All subjects of the Assyrian monarchy.
23:24 And wheels - Lest in their march the carriage wheels should break, a store of these were provided. An assembly - A mighty confluence of people. I will set - Give them a power in right of conquest over their rebels, as well as mine, and I will give them a spirit of judgment to discern the greatness of this people's sins. Judge - Condemn, and execute sentence upon thee. According - To their will, power, wrath, and custom, against rebels; for these are their rules of judgment.
23:25 I will set my jealousy - As a jealous provoked husband, I will be as much against thee as they are. Thy residue - Either the people, who hid themselves in vaults and cellars, or what the Chaldeans cannot carry away, all this shall be devoured by fire.
23:29 Take away - Deprive thee of the comfortable use of all thy labour, which they will exact of thee in captivity.
23:32 It - Is large, and contains what will last many years, even 'till the seventy years be expired.
23:34 Thou - Shalt stagger with sorrows, that shall intoxicate, and astonish. Suck it out - The dregs shalt thou drink, and multiply thine own sorrows. Break the sheards - To suck out what remains. And pluck - Revenging thyself upon thyself.
23:35 Bear thou - The guilt, I will impute it, the punishment, I will not pardon it.
23:38 In the same day - When they had newly polluted themselves with idolatry and murder, they thrust into the temple.
23:39 My house - Nay, these things have been in my house.
23:40 Wash thyself - After the manner of harlots.
23:41 Sattest - Prepared to feast them. A stately bed - A magnificent bed, on which women sat to feast, when men leaned on their sides. Incense - Offered to their idols.
23:42 A voice - A shout for joy, that there was a treaty of peace between the Jews, and the Chaldeans.
23:45 Righteous men - Men that keep the law of their God.
23:46 Upon them - Against the Jews, the children of this Aholibah.
23:47 The company - The Babylonian army.
23:48 Lewdness - Idolatry. And indeed we do not read of any after their return out of this captivity.
23:49 They - The Babylonians. The sins - The guilt of worshipping idols; and you shall bear the punishment of idolaters.
Ezekiel Chapter 23 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
7 Heb. bestowed her whoredomes vpon them. , Heb. the choise of the children of Asshur.
9 2.Kings 17.18.
10 Heb. a name.
11 Heb. she corrupted her inordinate loue more then &c. , Heb. more then the whoredomes of her sister.
12 2.Kings. 16.7.
16 Hebr. at the sight of her eyes.
17 Hebr. children of Babel. , Hebr. loosed or disioynted.
26 Hebr. instruments of thy decking.
36 Cha.20.4. and 22.2. , Or, plead for.
39 2.Kings 21.4.
40 Heb. comming.
41 Heb. honourable. , Prou.7.17
42 Heb. of the multitude of men. , Or, drunkards.
43 Her whordomes.
45 Chap.16. 38.
46 Heb. for a remoouing and spoyle.
47 Or, single them out.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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