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Sisters of Sin
by Wayne Blank
The Unfaithfulness of Israel and Judah Caused Their Defeat and Exile
"Aholah" and "Aholibah" were described by The Lord to Ezekiel The Prophet. "Samaria is Aholah" refers to the northern kingdom of Israel's capital city Samaria and "Jerusalem is Aholibah" refers to the southern kingdom of Judah's capital city Jerusalem.
"The word of The Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother ... 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." (Ezekiel 23:1-4 KJV)
Aholah is described by how the northern kingdom of Israel at first committed political and religious adultery with the Assyrians before they conquered and took them away, making them "the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel" (see The Galilee Captivity).
"And Aholah played the harlot when she was Mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians [see Ancient Empires - Assyria] her neighbours, Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself ... Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her." (Ezekiel 23:5-7,9-10 KJV)
Aholibah referred to Judah's political and religious harlotry with the Babylonians who conquered Judah just as the Assyrians conquered Israel over a century before (see Why Babylon?).
"And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms ... And the Babylonians [see Ancient Empires - Babylon] came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them."
Fact Finder: How does the Seventh Commandment apply to physical and spiritual adultery?