There she lusted after her lovers




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In this verse, God is telling Ezekiel a story which appears sexual in nature on its surface. But it is really a metaphor about the Israelites relationship with other nations. The two women referred to in this verse, Aholah and Aholibah refer to Samaria and Jerusalem, respectively. However, there are sexual overtones, with their names have implied meanings in Hebrew, with Aholah meaning “her tent”, and Aholibah meaning “my tent is in her”.

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For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

— Ezekiel 23:20

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For she doted וַֽתַּעְגְּבָ֔ה To breathe after, i.e., to love (sensually) H5689
upon עַ֖ל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications H5921
their paramours, פִּֽלַגְשֵׁיהֶ֑ם A concubine; also (masculine) a paramour H6370

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