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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 23\\

In this chapter the idolatries of Israel and Judah are represented under
the metaphor of two harlots, and their lewdness. These harlots are
described by their descent; by the place and time in which they
committed their whoredoms; by their names, and which are explained,
\\#Eze 23:1-4\\, the idolatries of Israel, or the ten tribes, under the name
of Aholah, which they committed with the Assyrians, and which they
continued from the Egyptians, of whom they had learned them, are exposed,
\\#Eze 23:5-8\\, and their punishment for them is declared, \\#Eze 23:9,10\\
then the idolatries of Judah, or the two tribes, under the name of
Aholibah, are represented as greater than those of the ten tribes,
\\#Eze 23:11\\, which they committed with the Assyrians, \\#Eze 23:12\\,
with the Chaldeans and Babylonians, \\#Eze 23:13-18\\ in imitation of the
Egyptians, reviving former idolatries learnt of them, \\#Eze 23:19-21\\,
wherefore they are threatened, that the Chaldeans, Babylonians, and
Assyrians, should come against them, and spoil them, and carry them
captive, \\#Eze 23:22-35\\, and the prophet is bid to declare the abominable
sin of them both, \\#Eze 23:36-44\\, and to signify that they should be
judged after the manner of adulteresses, should be stoned, and
dispatched with swords, their sons and their daughters, and their houses
burnt with fire; by which means their adulteries or idolatries should be
made to cease, \\#Eze 23:45-49\\.

as the Targum; another prophecy, one upon the same subject, as in
\\#Eze 16:1\\,

\\saying\\; as follows:

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