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1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.

8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,

14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,

15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:

16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

19 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.

21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

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.

26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.

28 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated:

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.

30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

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.

38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

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,

41 And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.

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.

43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?

44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.

45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

46 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.

47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.

48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.

49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Commentary for Ezekiel 23

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?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 23

  • Fred scanlan
    It now is clear to me. In this example of what purity there is in marriage. A pure example of The virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Christ is one with the father using the words of the Old Testament.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    After the First Century Bride they fell into 2 catagories. The Apostate Bride
  • Anonymous for verse 8
    I 've always been curious about these verses. Does it mean that any time a woman 's breast is fondled she is committing a whoredom? Were these women married to someone else and that 's why? And what about actresses. Even in some pg movies there are scenes where a woman lets a man touch her breast. Does this mean the actress is committing a whoredom?
  • Connie
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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.

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