The judgment of adultery (Ezek 23:43-23:45)

“Then I said.

‘Ah!

She is worn out

With adulteries.

But they carry on

Their sexual acts

With her.

They have gone into her,

As one goes

Into a whore.

Thus they went into Oholah.

They went into Oholibah.

These were wanton lewd women.

But righteous judges

Shall declare them

Guilty of adultery.

They are guilty

Of bloodshed.

Because they are adulteresses,

Blood is upon their hands.’”

Yahweh, via Ezekiel, said that Jerusalem was worn out from all her adulteries. Nevertheless, she continued to carry on with her sexual activities. The adulterous men went into her just like their sexual acts with a whore. That is how they had sex with the two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, these wanton lewd women. The result was that righteous judges would declare them guilty of adultery. However, they were also guilty of bloodshed. As they were adulteresses, blood was on their hands.

Ezekiel will judge the sisters (Ezek 23:36-23:36)

“Yahweh said to me.

‘Son of man!

Will you judge Oholah?

Will you judge Oholibah?

Then declare

To them

Their abominable deeds!’”

Yahweh turned to Ezekiel again. He asked him if he would judge Oholah and Oholibah, Samaria and Jerusalem. Yahweh wanted Ezekiel to declare to them their own abominable actions.

The longing for the youth wasted in Egypt (Ezek 23:19-23:21)

“Yet Oholibah increased
Her prostitution activities.
She remembered
The days of her youth,
When she played
The whore
In the land of Egypt.
She lusted
After her lovers there.
Their sexual organs were
Like those of donkeys.
Their sexual emissions were
Like those of stallions.
Thus you longed
For the lewdness
Of your youth.
The Egyptians fondled
Your bosom.
They caressed
Your young breasts.”
Yahweh, via Ezekiel, portrayed Oholibah, Jerusalem, as a sex starved female teenager. However, now she had become a full fledged prostitute. She remembered the good old days when she was a young whore in Egypt. There she lusted after all her lovers, who seem to have been well endowed. Yahweh compared their sexual prowess with donkeys and stallions. Thus Jerusalem longed for the days of her youth when her Egyptians lovers fondled and caressed her breasts.

Yahweh turns from Oholibah (Ezek 23:18-23:18)

“When Oholibah carried on
Her prostitution activities
So openly,
She flaunted
Her nakedness.
I turned
In disgust
From her,
As I had turned
From her sister.”
Yahweh, via Ezekiel, was clear. He did not like the fact that Oholibah, Jerusalem, was openly flaunting her naked body with all her prostitution ways. This led Yahweh to turn away from her in disgust, as he had done to her sister Oholah, Samaria.

The lust after the Babylonians (Ezek 23:16-23:17)

“When Oholibah saw them,
She lusted after them.
She sent messengers
To them
In Chaldea.
The Babylonians
Came to her
Into her bed of love.
They defiled her
With their lust.
After she defiled herself
With them,
She turned
From them
In disgust.”
When Oholibah saw these pictures, she lusted after the Babylonians. Thus she sent messengers to them in Chaldea, inviting them to come to Jerusalem. They came to her in her bed of love. Thus they defiled her with their sexual lust. She had, in fact, defiled herself with them. Finally, she turned away from them in disgust.

The lure of the colorful Chaldeans (Ezek 23:14-23:15)

“But Oholibah
Carried her prostitution ways
Further.
She saw male figures
Carved on the wall.
These were
The images of the Chaldeans
Portrayed in vermilion.
They had belts
Around their waists.
They had flowing turbans
On their heads.
All of them looked
Like officers.
This was
A picture
Of the Babylonians
Whose native land
Was Chaldea.”
Oholibah carried her prostitution ways even further. She saw male figures of the Chaldeans carved on the wall. They were portrayed as dressed in vermilion with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads. They all looked like officers. This was the idealized picture of the Babylonians from Chaldea.

Oholibah was worse than her sister (Ezek 23:11-23:11)

“Her sister Oholibah
Saw this.
Yet she was more corrupt
Than her sister
In her lusting,
In her prostitution activities.
She was worse
Than her sister.”
Yahweh, via Ezekiel, then took on Oholibah, Jerusalem, the sister of Oholah, Samaria. Yahweh said that Oholibah was more corrupt than her northern sister in her lusting and prostitution actions. Jerusalem was even worse than her northern sister, Samaria.