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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 23:22-35

Jerusalem stands indicted by the name of Aholibah, for that she, as a false traitor to her sovereign Lord the God of heaven, not having his fear before her eyes, but moved by the instigation of the devil, had revolted from her allegiance to him, had compassed and imagined to shake off his government, had kept up a correspondence had joined in confederacy with his enemies, and the pretenders to a deity, in contempt of his crown and dignity. To this indictment she has pleaded, Not guilty: I am... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 23:33

Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow ,.... Sorrow is the effect of drunkenness; these two generally go together; when a man is filled with the one, he is with the other; this expresses the greatness of the sorrow and distress of the Jews in captivity: with the cup of astonishment and desolation ; their punishment would be so great, and their condition be so desolate, that it should astonish them, and bereave them of their senses; and they should be like mad men, as their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 23:1-49

Inexcusable infidelity. What it must have cost the patriotic prophet to write this chapter passes our power to imagine. The Jew was naturally and pardonably proud of his country and of its history. No thoughtful Jew could, indeed, be insensible to imperfections and flaws in the national character, to stains upon the nation's annals. But in this passage of his prophecies the dark shading is relieved by no gleam of light. Israel is depicted as bad from the days of Egyptian bondage down to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 23:31-33

I will give her cup into thine hand . (For the image of the cup as the symbol of good or evil fortune, see Psalms 23:5 ; Isaiah 51:17 ; Jeremiah 25:15 ; Matthew 20:22 ; Matthew 26:39 .) The cup, in this case, was to be deep and large as that of Samaria. The adulteress was to be "drunk, but not with wine" ( Isaiah 29:9 ). And that "cup," over and above the laughter and derision, would contain much of unknown calamities, the astonishment and desolation of Ezekiel 23:33 . read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 23:31-35

Ezekiel 23:31-35. Therefore will I give her cup, &c. I will make thee drink the same bitter draught, or experience the same calamity that has fallen upon her. God’s judgments are often compared to a cup of intoxicating liquors, because they astonish men, and bereave them of common judgment and discretion, and likewise expose them to the scorn and contempt of their enemies. Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out There shall be no punishment which thou shalt not partake of. Thou shalt... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 23:1-35

Two prostitute sisters (23:1-35)God’s chosen nation was saved from Egypt and settled in Canaan, but it soon divided into two, the northern kingdom Israel (capital: Samaria) and the southern kingdom Judah (capital: Jerusalem). The prophet likens these two kingdoms to two sisters who became prostitutes (23:1-4).The prostitution of Israel and Judah was their unfaithfulness to God in forming military alliances with foreign nations instead of trusting in him. Israel, the northern kingdom, was... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezekiel 23:22-35

Jerusalem’s judgment for prostitution 23:22-35Four messages announce God’s judgment on Jerusalem for her unfaithfulness (Ezekiel 23:22-35). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezekiel 23:32-34

The Lord also promised that Oholibah would indeed drink from the large cup of God’s judgment from which Oholah had drunk. Some commentators referred to this pericope as the "cup song" (cf. the "sword song" in Ezekiel 21:8-17). Drinking this cup would make her an object of scorn as well as drunk and sad. The cup would contain punishment in the form of horror and desolation, just like Samaria had experienced. Oholibah would drain the cup; she would endure all the punishment God had for her. She... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 23:1-49

The Unchaste Sisters, Oholah and OholibahThe idolatries and foreign alliances of Jerusalem and Samaria are here described under the same strong figure which is used in Ezekiel 16. Oholah (Samaria) and Oholibah (Jerusalem) were two sisters, both seduced in Egypt in their youth (Ezekiel 23:3), both espoused by God (Ezekiel 23:4), and both unfaithful to Him. Samaria took as her lovers first the Assyrians (Ezekiel 23:5-7), and then the Egyptians (Ezekiel 23:8), and was at length slain by the former... read more

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