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And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

23:4 Aholibah. This long chapter is a graphic account of the spiritual harlotry of Israel and Judah and their respective capitals, Samaria and Jerusalem, under the figure of two wanton sisters, Aholah (“her tent”) and Aholibah (“my tent is in her”). The extended and lurid account of their whoredoms evidently has the dual purpose of condemning Israel’s blatant spiritual prostitution and also of reaffirming God’s hatred of actual sexual activity—especially promiscuity—outside the marriage relation. Both warnings seem urgent today as well.

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