23:5 “Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was mine. 1 She lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians 2 – warriors 3 23:6 clothed in blue, governors and officials, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses.
23:12 She lusted after the Assyrians – governors and officials, warriors in full armor, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men. 23:13 I saw that she was defiled; both of them followed the same path. 23:14 But she increased her prostitution. She saw men carved on the wall, images of the Chaldeans carved in bright red, 4 23:15 wearing belts on their waists and flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, the image of Babylonians 5 whose native land is Chaldea. 23:16 When she saw them, 6 she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. 7
sn Played the harlot refers to alliances with pagan nations in this context. In Ezek 16 harlotry described the sin of idolatry.
2 tn Heb “Assyria.”
3 tn The term apparently refers to Assyrian military officers; it is better construed with the description that follows. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:738.
5 tn Heb “the sons of Babel.”
6 tn Heb “at the appearance of her eyes.”