Ezekiel 23:4

Overview - Ezekiel 23
The whoredoms of Aholah and Aholibah.
23 Aholibah is to be plagued by her lovers.
36 The prophet reproves the adulteries of them both;
45 and shews their judgments.
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Ezekiel 23:4  (King James Version)
And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

the names
The kingdom of Israel, of which Samaria was the capital, containing ten tribes, and occupying a larger extent of country than that of Judah, is therefore called "her elder sister;" and Aholah, the name given to her, implies that the whole religious establishment in Israel was a human invention, a temple and service of their own, and not of God's appointment. Aholibah, the name given to Judah, implies that the worship established there was from God, and that His temple was truly at Jerusalem.

the elder
16:40 1 Kings 12:20

they were
Ezekiel 16:8 Ezekiel 16:20 Exodus 19:5 Exodus 19:6 ; Psalms 45:11-16 ; Jeremiah 2:2 Jeremiah 2:3 ; Romans 7:4

that is, His tent, or tabernacle.
1 Kings 12:26-33 ; John 4:22

that is, My tabernacle in her.
1 Kings 8:29 ; Psalms 76:2 ; Psalms 132:13 Psalms 132:14