Oholah was the name of the elder and Oholibah the name of her sister. (A)They became mine, and they (B)bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Oholah is (C)Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

“Oholah played the whore (D)while she was mine, and (E)she lusted after her lovers (F)the Assyrians, warriors clothed in purple, (G)governors and commanders, (H)all of them desirable young men, (I)horsemen riding on horses. She bestowed her whoring upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them, and she defiled herself with all the idols of everyone after whom she lusted. She did not give up her whoring (J)that she had begun in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their whoring lust upon her. Therefore (K)I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, into the hands of the Assyrians, after whom she lusted.

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Their names: [a]Oholah the elder and [b]Oholibah (A)her sister;
(B)They were Mine,
And they bore sons and daughters.
As for their names,
Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

The Older Sister, Samaria

“Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine;
And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring (C)Assyrians,
Who were clothed in purple,
Captains and rulers,
All of them desirable young men,
Horsemen riding on horses.
Thus she committed her harlotry with them,
All of them choice men of Assyria;
And with all for whom she lusted,
With all their idols, she defiled herself.
She has never given up her harlotry brought (D)from Egypt,
For in her youth they had lain with her,
Pressed her virgin bosom,
And poured out their immorality upon her.

“Therefore I have delivered her
Into the hand of her lovers,
Into the hand of the (E)Assyrians,
For whom she lusted.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 23:4 Lit. Her Own Tabernacle
  2. Ezekiel 23:4 Lit. My Tabernacle Is in Her