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Ezekiel 23:4

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23:4 Oholah was the name of the older and Oholibah 1  the name of her younger sister. They became mine, and gave birth to sons and daughters. 2  Oholah is Samaria and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

1 tn The names Oholah and Oholibah are both derived from the word meaning “tent.” The meaning of Oholah is “her tent,” while Oholibah means “my tent is in her.”

2 sn In this allegory the Lord is depicted as being the husband of two wives. The OT law prohibited a man from marrying sisters (Lev 18:18), but the practice is attested in the OT (cf. Jacob). The metaphor is utilized here for illustrative purposes and does not mean that the Lord condoned such a practice or bigamy in general.



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