Though it is crude to modern standards Ezekiel is suggesting 1. These sexual metaphors are meant to shock and nauseate God's people about their idolatry i. Often the sexual metaphors are also literal because the fertility gods of the Ancient Near East are the national gods.
Remember, context, context, context is crucial for word meaning! I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine," declares the Lord God. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty.
The term "skirt" BDB literally means "wing," but here it refers to the corner of one's robe cf. The prophets often used the intimate covenant of marriage as a metaphor of the relationship between YHWH and His covenant people cf.
It is used in Exactly which animal is uncertain. The best choices seem to be 1 or 4, both found in the Red Sea in large numbers having skins large enough to make durable sheeting for the tabernacle.
Most scholars relate it to an Egyptian word for fine woven linen. It is used 1. Were your harlotries so small a matter?
This could have been done in one of two ways. Marriage is often used as a way of referring to intimacy cf. Faith is a spiritual intimacy! YHWH takes human commitment i. They turned these gifts into fertility idols, just as they turned the beautiful clothing given by YHWH into mats and blankets on which to fornicate cf.
They took other clothing v. They were so caught up in their commitment and superstition that they sacrificed their own children to Molech to insure the fertility of land, cattle, and the human population cf.
Again Ezekiel is influenced by Leviticus 26, where this terminology is used in a threat cf. Ezekiel uses this idiom mostly in connection with pagan idolatries cf. Jerusalem's idolatries are more egregious because 1. And I delivered you up to the desire of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd conduct.(1) Taken up by God's gratuitous favor from infancy (Ezekiel ); (2) and, when grown up, joined to Him in spiritual marriage (Ezekiel ); (3) her unfaithfulness, her sin (Ezekiel ); (4) the judgment (Ezekiel ); (5) her unlooked-for restoration (Ezekiel to the close).
THE KEY VERSES of this book are Ezekiel and For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of . Ezekiel – Israel, the Unfaithful Wife Summary This is an extended parable of the history of Israel as God's wife. Raised and loved by God from childhood, Israel repays the Lord with wanton idolatry and faithlessness.
Ezekiel seized upon the metaphor of the marriage covenant, so dramatically depicted in Hosea , expanded and elaborated it, and made it the startling "Allegory of the Unfaithful Wife," fully meriting the brutal and sadistic punishment of .
Ezekiel's wife died suddenly at night, and in the morning he performed the sign-act. After observing Ezekiel for five years, the exiles apparently expect symbolic acts from the prophet.
In verses , Ezekiel explains that the death of his wife is a sign of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Book of Ezekiel. Home / Bible / Book of Ezekiel / Analysis / Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory / In chapter 17, Ezekiel uses a somewhat confusing allegory to describe some political happenings.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is represented by a great eagle who takes a branch from the highest cedar in Lebanon. The branch represents King.