Ezekiel 23
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  • Verse 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.

    the names
    The kingdom of Israel, of which Samaria was the capital, containing ten tribes, and occupying a larger extent of country than that of Judah, is therefore called "her elder sister;" and Aholah, the name given to her, implies that the whole religious establishment in Israel was a human invention, a temple and service of their own, and not of God's appointment. Aholibah, the name given to Judah, implies that the worship established there was from God, and that His temple was truly at Jerusalem.
    the elder
    16:40; 1 Kings 12:20
    they were
    16:8,20; Exodus 19:5,6; Psalms 45:11-16; Jeremiah 2:2,3; Romans 7:4
    that is, His tent, or tabernacle.
    1 Kings 12:26-33; John 4:22
    that is, My tabernacle in her.
    1 Kings 8:29; Psalms 76:2; 132:13,14

  • Verse 5

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

    The Israelites, in addition to their former gross idolatries, received the impure idolatrous worship of the Assyrians, who became their neighbours by the conquest of Syria.
    1 Kings 14:9,16; 15:26,30; 16:31,32; 21:26; 2 Kings 17:7-18
    7,9,12,16,20; 16:37; Jeremiah 50:38
    on the
    16:28; 2 Kings 15:19; 16:7; 17:3; Hosea 5:13; 8:9,10; 10:6; 12:1

  • Verse 6

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

    all of

  • Verse 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.

    committed her whoredoms with them
    Heb. bestowed her whoredoms upon them.
    the chosen men of Assyria
    Heb. the choice of the children of Asshur.
    Genesis 10:22
    with all their
    30; 20:7; 22:3,4; Psalms 106:39; Hosea 5:3; 6:10

  • Verse 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.

    3,19,21; Exodus 32:4; 1 Kings 12:28; 2 Kings 10:29; 17:16

  • Verse 9

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

    2 Kings 15:29; 17:3-6,23; 18:9-12; 1 Chronicles 5:26; Hosea 11:5; Revelation 17:12,13,16

  • Verse 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.

    29; 16:37-41; Hosea 2:3,10
    they took
    Heb. a name.
    48; Jeremiah 22:8,9