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Ezekiel 23:2-4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“Son of man,[a] listen to this story about Samaria and Jerusalem. There were two sisters, daughters of the same mother. They became prostitutes in Egypt while they were still young girls. That’s where they first let men touch and handle their young breasts. The older daughter was named Oholah,[b] and her sister was named Oholibah.[c] They became my wives, and we had children. I am using the name Oholah to mean Samaria and the name Oholibah to mean Jerusalem.


  1. Ezekiel 23:2 Son of man This was usually just a way of saying “a person” or “a human being.” Here, it is a way of addressing Ezekiel. Also in verse 36.
  2. Ezekiel 23:4 Oholah This name means “Tent.” It probably refers to the Holy Tent where the people of Israel went to worship God.
  3. Ezekiel 23:4 Oholibah This name means “My Tent is in her country.” Also in verses 18, 21.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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