EZEKIEL 23:20

There she lusted after her lovers

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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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.

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Ezekiel 23:20 Translation & Meaning

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For she doted וַֽתַּעְגְּבָ֔ה To breathe after, i.e., to love (sensually) doted
upon עַ֖ל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
their paramours, פִּֽלַגְשֵׁיהֶ֑ם A concubine; also (masculine) a paramour paramours
whose אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whose
flesh בְּשַׂר Flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man flesh
is as (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the flesh בְּשָׂרָ֔ם Flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man flesh
of asses, חֲמוֹרִים֙ A male ass (from its dun red) asses
and whose issue וְזִרְמַ֥ת A gushing of fluid (semen) whose issue
is like (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the issue זִרְמָתָֽם׃ A gushing of fluid (semen) issue
of horses. סוּסִ֖ים A swallow (from its rapid flight) horses

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  • 18  So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

  • 19  Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

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

  • 21  Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

  • 22  Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;




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