Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries
That had been an old adulterer or idolater; meaning either Aholah the ten tribes, who from Jeroboam's time had been guilty of idolatry; or Aholibah the two tribes, who had remained longer in their own country, and had been long given to idolatry; or both of them, as some think, the whole body of the people of Israel, who had been addicted to idolatry ever since they came out of Egypt, and so was like an old harlot indeed: now the Lord said "unto her", or "concerning her" F12; in his own mind, after the manner of men. So the Targum,
``I said concerning the congregation of Israel, whose people are old in sins:''will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?
``now she will leave her idols, and return to thy worship; but she returned not.''