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Sisters of Sin

Aholah (or Oholah), from the Hebrew (pronounced) aw-hol-aw, meaning in her tent (used in the Bible with the meaning her idolatrous sanctuary i.e. a house of harlotry) and Aholibah (or Oholibah) from the Hebrew (pronounced) aw-hol-ee-bah, meaning my tent is in her (used in the Bible in referring to God's Tabernacle that was located in Judah) were names used by The Lord to refer to two adulterous sisters who symbolized the religious and political corruption of Israel and Judah after Israel Became "Israel" and "Judah". Aholah was the kingdom of Israel and Aholibah was the kingdom of Judah.

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.

Into Babylon

"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."

"Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith The Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side; The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses. And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments." (Ezekiel 23:11,17,22-24 KJV)

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