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Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:5 image of jealously. Ezekiel 8:3 says this “image [i.e., idol] of jealousy” was one that provoked God to jealous fury. There at “the gate of the altar,” where God was to be worshipped through the sacrificial offerings, an idol had been set up to usurp the worship that should have been offered to the true God. This idol is believed to have been that of the so-called “queen of heaven,” condemned so strongly by God through Jeremiah (Jeremiah 44:24-27).

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