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Ezekiel 23:41 ASV
and sit upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou didst set mine incense and mine oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 BBE
And she took her seat on a great bed, with a table put ready before it on which she put my perfume and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 CEB
You took your place on a splendid couch with a richly set table in front of it, and you set my incense and my oil on it.
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Ezekiel 23:41 CJB
and sat on a sumptuous bed, with a table arranged before it, on which you put my incense and my olive oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 RHE
Thou sattest on a very fine bed, and a table was decked before thee: whereupon thou didst set my incense, and my ointment.
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Ezekiel 23:41 ESV
You sat on a stately couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 GW
They sat on their fine couches with tables in front of them. They put my incense and my olive oil on their tables.
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Ezekiel 23:41 GNT
They would sit on a beautiful couch, and in front of them they would have a table covered with good things, including the incense and the olive oil that I had given them.
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Ezekiel 23:41 HNV
and sit on a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon you did set my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 CSB
You sat on a luxurious couch with a table spread before it, on which you had set My incense and oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 KJV
And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 LEB
And you sat on a magnificent couch and a table prepared {before her}, and my incense and my olive oil you put on her.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NAS
and you sat on a splendid couch with a table arranged before it on which you had set My incense and My oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NCV
They sat on a fine bed with a table set before it, on which they put my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NIRV
She sat down on a beautiful couch. A table was in front of it. There she put the incense and olive oil that belonged to me.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NIV
You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and oil that belonged to me.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NKJV
You sat on a stately couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NLT
You sat with them on a beautifully embroidered couch and put my incense and my oil on a table that was spread before you.
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Ezekiel 23:41 NRS
you sat on a stately couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 RSV
you sat upon a stately couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 DBY
and satest upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hadst set mine incense and mine oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 MSG
They reclined on a sumptuous bed, aromatic with incense and oils - my incense and oils!
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Ezekiel 23:41 WBT
And sattest upon a stately bed and a table prepared before it, upon which thou hast set my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 TMB
and sattest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set Mine incense and Mine oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 TNIV
You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and olive oil that belonged to me.
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Ezekiel 23:41 WEB
and sit on a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon you did set my incense and my oil.
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Ezekiel 23:41 WYC
Thou satest in a full fair bed, and a board was adorned before thee; thou settedest mine incense and mine ointment on it. (And thou satest on a very beautiful bed, and a table was adorned before thee; thou hast set my incense and my ointment upon it.)
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Ezekiel 23:41 YLT
And thou hast sat on a couch of honour, And a table arrayed before it, And My perfume and My oil placed on it.
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Ezekiel 23 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 23

A history of the apostacy of God's people from him, and the aggravation thereof.

- In this parable, Samaria and Israel bear the name Aholah, "her own tabernacle;" because the places of worship those kingdoms had, were of their own devising. Jerusalem and Judah bear the name of Aholibah, "my tabernacle is in her," because their temple was the place which God himself had chosen, to put his name there. The language and figures are according to those times. Will not such humbling representations of nature keep open perpetual repentance and sorrow in the soul, hiding pride from our eyes, and taking us from self-righteousness? Will it not also prompt the soul to look to God continually for grace, that by his Holy Spirit we may mortify the deeds of the body, and live in holy conversation and godliness?

Ezekiel 23 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible



The imagery is similar to that in the sixteenth chapter; but here the reference is not as there so much to the breach of the spiritual marriage covenant with God by the people's idolatries, as by their worldly spirit, and their trusting to alliances with the heathen for safety, rather than to God.

2. two . . . of one mother--Israel and Judah, one nation by birth from the same ancestress, Sarah.

3. Even so early in their history as their Egyptian sojourn, they Joshua 24:14 ).
in their youth--an aggravation of their sin. It was at the very time of their receiving extraordinary favors from God ( Ezekiel 16:6 Ezekiel 16:22 ).
they bruised--namely, the Egyptians.

4. Aholah--that is, "Her tent" (put for worship, as the first worship of God in Israel was in a tent or tabernacle), as contrasted with Aholibah, that is, "My tent in her." The Beth-el worship of Samaria was of her own devising, not of God's appointment; the temple-worship of Jerusalem was expressly appointed by Jehovah, who "dwelt" there, "setting up His tabernacle among the people as His" ( Exodus 25:8 , Leviticus 26:11 Leviticus 26:12 , Joshua 22:19 , Psalms 76:2 ).
the elder--Samaria is called "the elder" because she preceded Judah in her apostasy and its punishment.
they were mine--Previous to apostasy under Jeroboam, Samaria (Israel, or the ten tribes), equally with Judah, worshipped the true God. God therefore never renounced the right over Israel, but sent prophets, as Elijah and Elisha, to declare His will to them.

5. when . . . mine--literally, "under Me," that is, subject to Me as her lawful husband.
neighbours--On the northeast the kingdom of Israel bordered on that of Assyria; for the latter had occupied much of Syria. Their neighborhood in locality was emblematical of their being near in corruption of morals and worship. The alliances of Israel with Assyria, which are the chief subject of reprobation here, tended to this ( 2 Kings 15:19 , 2 Kings 16:7 2 Kings 16:9 , 17:3 , Hosea 8:9 ).

6. blue--rather, "purple" [FAIRBAIRN]. As a lustful woman's passions are fired by showy dress and youthful appearance in men, so Israel was seduced by the pomp and power of Assyria (compare Isaiah 10:8 ).

7. all their idols--There was nothing that she refused to her lovers.

8. whoredoms brought from Egypt--the calves set up in Dan and Beth-el by Jeroboam, answering to the Egyptian bull-formed idol Apis. Her alliances with Egypt politically are also meant ( Isaiah 30:2 Isaiah 30:3 , 31:1 ). The ten tribes probably resumed the Egyptian rites, in order to enlist the Egyptians against Judah ( 2 Chronicles 12:2-4 ).

9. God, in righteous retribution, turned their objects of trust into the instruments of their punishment: Pul, Tiglath-pileser, Esar-haddon, and Shalmaneser ( 2 Kings 15:19 2 Kings 15:29 , 2 Kings 17:3 2 Kings 17:6 2 Kings 17:24 , Ezra 4:2 Ezra 4:10 ). "It was their sin to have sought after such lovers, and it was to be their punishment that these lovers should become their destroyers" [FAIRBAIRN].

10. became famous--literally, "she became a name," that is, as notorious by her punishment as she had been by her sins, so as to be quoted as a warning to others.
women--that is, neighboring peoples.

11. Judah, the southern kingdom, though having the "warning" instead of profiting by it, went to even greater lengths in corruption than Israel. Her greater spiritual privileges made her guilt the greater ( Ezekiel 16:47 Ezekiel 16:51 , Jeremiah 3:11 ).

12. ( Ezekiel 23:6 Ezekiel 23:23 ).
most gorgeously--literally, "to perfection." GROTIUS translates, "wearing a crown," or "chaplet," such as lovers wore in visiting their mistresses.

13. one way--both alike forsaking God for heathen confidences.

14. vermilion--the peculiar color of the Chaldeans, as purple was of the Assyrians. In striking agreement with this verse is the fact that the Assyrian sculptures lately discovered have painted and colored bas-reliefs in red, blue, and black. The Jews (for instance Jehoiakim, Jeremiah 22:14 ) copied these (compare Ezekiel 8:10 ).

15. exceeding in dyed attire--rather, "in ample dyed turbans"; literally, "redundant with dyed turbans." The Assyrians delighted in ample, flowing, and richly colored tunics, scarfs, girdles, and head-dresses or turbans, varying in ornaments according to the rank.
Chaldea, . . . land of their nativity--between the Black and Caspian
princes--literally, a first-rate military class that fought by threes in the chariots, one guiding the horses, the other two fighting.

16. sent messengers . . . into Chaldea--( Ezekiel 16:29 ). It was she that solicited the Chaldeans, not they her. Probably the occasion was when Judah sought to strengthen herself by a Chaldean alliance against a menaced attack by Egypt (compare 2 Kings 23:29-35 , 24:1-7 ). God made the object of their sinful desire the instrument of their punishment. Jehoiakim, probably by a stipulation of tribute, enlisted Nebuchadnezzar against Pharaoh, whose tributary he previously had been; failing to keep his stipulation, he brought on himself Nebuchadnezzar's vengeance.

17. alienated from them--namely, from the Chaldeans: turning again to the Egyptians ( Ezekiel 23:19 ), trying by their help to throw off her solemn engagements to Babylon (compare Jeremiah 37:5 Jeremiah 37:7 , 2 Kings 24:7 ).

18. my mind was alienated from her--literally, "was broken off from her." Just retribution for "her mind being alienated (broken off) from the Chaldeans" ( Ezekiel 23:17 ), to whom she had sworn fealty ( Ezekiel 17:12-19 ). "Discovered" implies the open shamelessness of her apostasy.

19. Israel first "called" her lusts, practised when in Egypt, "to her (fond) remembrance," and then actually returned to them. Mark the danger of suffering the memory to dwell on the pleasure felt in past sins.

20. their paramours--that is, her paramours among them (the Egyptians); she doted upon their persons as her paramours ( Ezekiel 23:5 Ezekiel 23:12 Ezekiel 23:16 ).
flesh--the membrum virile (very large in the ass). Compare Leviticus 15:2 , Margin; Ezekiel 16:26 .
issue of horses--the seminal issue. The horse was made by the Egyptians the hieroglyphic for a lustful person.

21. calledst to remembrance--"didst repeat" [MAURER].
in bruising--in suffering . . . to be bruised.

22. lovers . . . alienated--( Ezekiel 23:17 ). Illicit love, soon or late, ends in open hatred ( 2 Samuel 13:15 ). The Babylonians, the objects formerly of their God-forgetting love, but now, with characteristic fickleness, objects of their hatred, shall be made by God the instruments of their punishment.

23. Pekod, &c.--( Jeremiah 50:21 ). Not a geographical name, but descriptive of Babylon. "Visitation," peculiarly the land of "judgment"; in a double sense: actively, the inflicter of judgment on Judah; passively, as about to be afterwards herself the object of judgment.
Shoa . . . Koa--"rich . . . noble"; descriptive of Babylon in her prosperity, having all the world's wealth and dignity at her disposal. MAURER suggests that, as descriptive appellatives are subjoined to the proper name, "all the Assyrians" in the second hemistich of the verse (as the verse ought to be divided at "Koa"), so Pekod, Shoa, and Koa must be appellatives descriptive of "The Babylonians and . . . Chaldeans" in the first hemistich; "Pekod" meaning "prefects"; Shoa . . . Koa, "rich . . . princely."
desirable young men--strong irony. Alluding to Ezekiel 23:12 , these "desirable young men" whom thou didst so "dote upon" for their manly vigor of appearance, shall by that very vigor be the better able to chastise thee.

24. with chariots--or, "with armaments"; so the Septuagint; "axes" [MAURER]; or, joining it with "wagons," translate, "with scythe-armed wagons," or "chariots" [GROTIUS].
weels--The unusual height of these increased their formidable appearance ( Ezekiel 1:16-20 ).
their judgments--which awarded barbarously severe punishments ( Jeremiah 52:9 , 29:22 ).

25. take away thy nose . . . ears--Adulteresses were punished so among the Egyptians and Chaldeans. Oriental beauties wore ornaments in the ear and nose. How just the retribution, that the features most bejewelled should be mutilated! So, allegorically as to Judah, the spiritual adulteress.

26. strip . . . of . . . clothes--whereby she attracted her paramours ( Ezekiel 16:39 ).

27. Thus . . . make . . . lewdness to cease--The captivity has made the Jews ever since abhor idolatry, not only on their return from Babylon, but for the last nineteen centuries of their dispersion, as foretold ( Hosea 3:4 ).

28. ( Ezekiel 23:17 Ezekiel 23:18 , 16:37 ).

29. take away . . . thy labour--that is, the fruits of thy labor.
leave thee naked--as captive females are treated.

31. her cup--of punishment ( Psalms 11:6 , 75:8 , Jeremiah 25:15 , &c.). Thy guilt and that of Israel being alike, your punishment shall be alike.

34. break . . . sherds--So greedily shalt thou suck out every drop like one drinking to madness (the effect invariably ascribed to drinking God's cup of wrath, Jeremiah 51:7 , Habakkuk 2:16 ) that thou shalt crunch the very shreds of it; that is, there shall be no evil left which thou shalt not taste.
pluck off thine own breasts--enraged against them as the ministers to thine adultery.

35. forgotten me--( Jeremiah 2:32 , 13:25 ).
cast me behind thy back--( 1 Kings 14:9 , Nehemiah 9:26 ).
bear . . . thy lewdness--that is, its penal consequences ( Proverbs 1:31 ).

36-44. A summing up of the sins of the two sisters, especially those of Judah.
wilt thou judge--Wilt thou (not) judge

38. the same day--On the very day that they had burned their children to Molech in the valley of Gehenna, they shamelessly and hypocritically presented themselves as worshippers in Jehovah's temple ( Jeremiah 7:9 Jeremiah 7:10 ).

40. messenger was sent--namely, by Judah ( Ezekiel 23:16 , Isaiah 57:9 ).
paintedst . . . eyes--( 2 Kings 9:30 , Margin; Jeremiah 4:30 ). Black paint was spread on the eyelids of beauties to make the white of the eye more attractive by the contrast, so Judah left no seductive art untried.

41. bed--divan. While men reclined at table, women sat, as it seemed indelicate for them to lie down ( Amos 6:4 ) [GROTIUS].
table--that is, the idolatrous altar.
mine incense--which I had given thee, and which thou oughtest to have offered to Me ( Ezekiel 16:18 Ezekiel 16:19 , Hosea 2:8 ; compare Proverbs 7:17 ).

42. Sabeans--Not content with the princely, handsome Assyrians, the sisters brought to themselves the rude robber hordes of Sabeans ( Job 1:15 ). The Keri, or Margin, reads "drunkards."
upon their hands--upon the hands of the sisters, that is, they allured Samaria and Judah to worship their gods.

43. Will they, &c.--Is it possible that paramours will desire any longer to commit whoredoms with so worn-out an old adulteress?

45. the righteous men--the Chaldeans; the executioners of God's righteous vengeance ( Ezekiel 16:38 ), not that they were "righteous" in themselves ( Habakkuk 1:3 Habakkuk 1:12 Habakkuk 1:13 ).

46. a company--properly, "a council of judges" passing sentence on a criminal [GROTIUS]. The "removal" and "spoiling" by the Chaldean army is the execution of the judicial sentence of God.

47. stones--the legal penalty of the adulteress ( Ezekiel 16:40 Ezekiel 16:41 , John 8:5 ). Answering to the stones hurled by the Babylonians from engines in besieging Jerusalem.
houses . . . fire--fulfilled ( 2 Chronicles 36:17 2 Chronicles 36:19 ).

48. ( Ezekiel 23:27 ).
that all . . . may be taught not to do, &c.--( Deuteronomy 13:11 ).

49. bear the sins of your idols--that is, the punishment of your idolatry.
know that I am the Lord God--that is, know it to your cost . . . by bitter suffering.