Ezekiel 16 (especially the
second part of the chapter) is one of the most important chapters for Brit-Am
learning in Scripture. This chapter refers to the OBLIGATION OF JUDAH TO
HELP THE LOST TEN TRIBES RETURN. It refers specifically to "Samaria". It
appears that SAMARIA REPRESENTS THE USA! Below is a rough commentary. I hope
to go into it deeper later and perhaps find in the sages additional insights.
[Ezekiel 16:1] AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 16:2] SON OF MAN, CAUSE JERUSALEM TO KNOW HER ABOMINATIONS,
[Ezekiel 16:3] AND SAY, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD UNTO JERUSALEM; THY BIRTH
AND THY NATIVITY IS OF THE LAND OF CANAAN; THY FATHER WAS AN AMORITE, AND
THY MOTHER AN HITTITE.
Your actions are so bad that it is as if you were born to
other peoples, known for their iniquity. Jerusalem was found or at least
settled at an early stage by Canaanite peoples. Most of the Canaanites inhabitants
(such as the Amorites and Hittites) were driven away but something of the
original character of these people remained in the city. When the people
began to sin they picked up aspects of the Canaanites character. It was as
if, by sinning and idolatry. the city was returning to the nature of those
who in a sense had given birth to it.
[Ezekiel 16:4] AND AS FOR THY NATIVITY, IN
THE DAY THOU WAST BORN THY NAVEL WAS NOT CUT, NEITHER WAST THOU WASHED IN
WATER TO SUPPLE THEE; THOU WAST NOT SALTED AT ALL, NOR SWADDLED AT ALL.
You were not brought up properly and never cut off from your bad beginnings.
<<THOU WAST NOT SALTED AT ALL>>: Just after birth they would
rub the baby with salt. This was considered efficacious to strengthen the
flesh. The Armenians and other groups in the Middle East maintained this
custom until recently and may still do so. Maybe we should do so today? A lot of primitive customs are medically sound.
[Ezekiel 16:5] NONE EYE PITIED THEE, TO DO
ANY OF THESE UNTO THEE, TO HAVE COMPASSION UPON THEE; BUT THOU WAST CAST
OUT IN THE OPEN FIELD, TO THE LOTHING OF THY PERSON, IN THE DAY THAT THOU
The beginnings of the Israelite Nation were actually in Egypt where they
were persecuted and despised slaves. In Egypt, according to tradition and
indications of scripture, the Israelites worshipped idols and had little
knowledge of the God of Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:6] AND WHEN I PASSED BY THEE,
AND SAW THEE POLLUTED IN THINE OWN BLOOD, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAST
IN THY BLOOD, LIVE; YEA, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAST IN THY BLOOD, LIVE.
<<THOU WAST IN THY BLOOD, LIVE>>: This is repeated twice. By
virtue of the blood of the Passover lamb and the blood of circumcision the
Children of Israel were placed under Divine Protection.
[Ezekiel 16:7] I HAVE CAUSED THEE TO MULTIPLY
AS THE BUD OF THE FIELD, AND THOU HAST INCREASED AND WAXEN GREAT, AND THOU
ART COME TO EXCELLENT ORNAMENTS: THY BREASTS ARE FASHIONED, AND THINE HAIR
IS GROWN, WHEREAS THOU WAST NAKED AND BARE.
God caused the Israelites to multiply exceedingly, in a miraculous fashion.
[Ezekiel 16:8] NOW WHEN I PASSED BY THEE,
AND LOOKED UPON THEE, BEHOLD, THY TIME WAS THE TIME OF LOVE; AND I SPREAD
MY SKIRT OVER THEE, AND COVERED THY NAKEDNESS: YEA, I SWARE UNTO THEE, AND
ENTERED INTO A COVENANT WITH THEE,
SAITH THE LORD GOD, AND THOU BECAMEST MINE.
God entered into a covenant, similar to the bond of marriage, with Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:9] THEN WASHED I THEE WITH WATER; YEA, I THROUGHLY WASHED AWAY THY BLOOD FROM THEE, AND I ANOINTED THEE WITH OIL.
[Ezekiel 16:10] I CLOTHED THEE ALSO WITH BROIDERED WORK, AND SHOD THEE WITH
BADGERS' SKIN, AND I GIRDED THEE ABOUT WITH FINE LINEN, AND I COVERED THEE
The Tabernacle was the place where the Presence of God communed
with Israel. It was covered over with BADGERS' SKIN and BROIDERED WORK
[Ezekiel 16:11] I DECKED THEE ALSO WITH ORNAMENTS, AND I PUT BRACELETS UPON THY HANDS, AND A CHAIN ON THY NECK.
[Ezekiel 16:12] AND I PUT A JEWEL ON THY FOREHEAD, AND EARRINGS IN THINE EARS, AND A BEAUTIFUL CROWN UPON THINE HEAD.
[Ezekiel 16:13] THUS WAST THOU DECKED WITH GOLD AND SILVER; AND THY RAIMENT
WAS OF FINE LINEN, AND SILK, AND BROIDERED WORK; THOU DIDST EAT FINE FLOUR,
AND HONEY, AND OIL: AND THOU WAST EXCEEDING BEAUTIFUL, AND THOU DIDST PROSPER
INTO A KINGDOM.
<<THOU DIDST PROSPER INTO A KINGDOM>>: You had a monarch and a royal house.
[Ezekiel 16:14] AND THY RENOWN WENT FORTH
AMONG THE HEATHEN FOR THY BEAUTY: FOR IT WAS PERFECT THROUGH MY COMELINESS,
WHICH I HAD PUT UPON THEE, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
[Ezekiel 16:15] BUT THOU DIDST TRUST IN THINE OWN BEAUTY, AND PLAYEDST THE
HARLOT BECAUSE OF THY RENOWN, AND POUREDST OUT THY FORNICATIONS ON EVERY
ONE THAT PASSED BY; HIS IT WAS.
<<THOU DIDST TRUST IN THINE OWN BEAUTY>>: You
thought your blessings were due to your own talents and innate qualities.
They were gifts of God and your continued enjoyment of them was dependent
on Divine favor.
[Ezekiel 16:16] AND OF THY GARMENTS THOU
DIDST TAKE, AND DECKEDST THY HIGH PLACES WITH DIVERS COLOURS, AND PLAYEDST
THE HARLOT THEREUPON: THE LIKE THINGS SHALL NOT COME, NEITHER SHALL IT BE
You worshipped idols and set up your own houses to sin in.
[Ezekiel 16:17] THOU HAST ALSO TAKEN THY
FAIR JEWELS OF MY GOLD AND OF MY SILVER, WHICH I HAD GIVEN THEE, AND MADEST
TO THYSELF IMAGES OF MEN, AND DIDST COMMIT WHOREDOM WITH THEM,
You put up non-entities as somebodies to pay homage to. You took a scumbag
pervert murder like Arafat and gave him respect and an apparatus of state
to kill your own people with. The same applies to Hitler and Sadam Hussein
and the others. These are people who lack decency. We should have eliminated
them at the very beginning but we gave them respect and the wherewithal to
work against us. We became the instruments of our own punishment.
[Ezekiel 16:18] AND TOOKEST THY BROIDERED GARMENTS, AND COVEREDST THEM: AND THOU HAST SET MINE OIL AND MINE INCENSE BEFORE THEM.
Very often these scumbags are supported by funds we gave them or which we could have diverted to better causes.
Bin Ladin attacked the USA with Saudi funds that are really American. The
Saudis probably do not really support this monster but he emerged from the
cultural and ideological background which they cultivate and his group receives
de facto protection from them. Bin Ladin and Sadam Hussein and Gaddafi and
Assad and all the others live off oil money much of which originated in the
USA or Britain or other Israelite sources.
[Ezekiel 16:19] MY MEAT ALSO WHICH I GAVE
THEE, FINE FLOUR, AND OIL, AND HONEY, WHEREWITH I FED THEE, THOU HAST EVEN
SET IT BEFORE THEM FOR A SWEET SAVOUR: AND THUS IT WAS, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
Alternately, God gives us the wherewithal to support ourselves reasonably
or well. Very often we take this money and waste it on things that are against
the will of God such as cultic and sexual activities, gambling, drugs, "splurging",
etc. Even TV and movies: Nowadays pornographic movies have become almost
respectable. Even "good" movies that otherwise have a positive message, or
at least some entertainment values, often have scenes and innuendos that
not long ago would have been considered unacceptable or worse. These all
cost money to produce and consume. We work and receive money and think it
is our own to do with what we will. God says that HE gave us the money for
our own needs, BUT if we use it against Him, we will have to give an accounting.
[Ezekiel 16:20] MOREOVER THOU HAST TAKEN
THY SONS AND THY DAUGHTERS, WHOM THOU HAST BORNE UNTO ME, AND THESE HAST
THOU SACRIFICED UNTO THEM TO BE DEVOURED. IS THIS OF THY WHOREDOMS A SMALL
<<WHOM THOU HAST BORNE UNTO ME>>: Our children are given us to
bring up in the way God wants. Not everyone can succeed in this but at least
we can try. The point is we are not our own masters. Blessings and freedom
of action have been given us to use in positive directions or at least not
negative ones. The people of Israel, and Judah, in the past practiced child
sacrifice just like the Canaanites and Phoenicians did. This was continued
by the Celtic Druids. In our times we allow (and even encourage) abortions
for the "public good". The exploitation of children is also an increasing
[Ezekiel 16:21] THAT THOU HAST SLAIN MY CHILDREN, AND DELIVERED THEM TO CAUSE THEM TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE FOR THEM?
This is the Beltain which symbolically was still practiced until recently
in Britain and Scandinavia and elsewhere: People and animals would be led
between or over small fires on certain days of the year. It was called "Beltain"
in Britain which is Celtic for "Fire of baal".
[Ezekiel 16:22] AND IN ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS
AND THY WHOREDOMS THOU HAST NOT REMEMBERED THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH, WHEN THOU
WAST NAKED AND BARE, AND WAST POLLUTED IN THY BLOOD.
[Ezekiel 16:23] AND IT CAME TO PASS AFTER ALL THY WICKEDNESS, (WOE, WOE UNTO THEE! SAITH THE LORD GOD;)
[Ezekiel 16:24] THAT THOU HAST ALSO BUILT UNTO THEE AN EMINENT PLACE, AND HAST MADE THEE AN HIGH PLACE IN EVERY STREET.
[Ezekiel 16:25] THOU HAST BUILT THY HIGH PLACE AT EVERY HEAD OF THE WAY,
AND HAST MADE THY BEAUTY TO BE ABHORRED, AND HAST OPENED THY FEET TO EVERY
ONE THAT PASSED BY, AND MULTIPLIED THY WHOREDOMS.
[Ezekiel 16:26] THOU HAST ALSO COMMITTED
FORNICATION WITH THE EGYPTIANS THY NEIGHBOURS, GREAT OF FLESH; AND HAST INCREASED
THY WHOREDOMS, TO PROVOKE ME TO ANGER.
<<TO PROVOKE ME TO ANGER>>:
You desired to be indecent for its own sake. There was always a place for
a stranger in Israel. Foreigners could become part of the Israelite nation
if they so wished BUT the Bible is against mixing with other peoples. The
Bible is also against promiscuity. Ideally a person should be happily married
and not cause trouble to himself or others. If he does not fulfill the ideal
and transgresses then there are levels of offence. At the very minimum level,
the Golden Rule should be not to take another man's woman and not to engage in unnatural sex. If a person
ever has transgressed in any way he can repent and attempt to atone and if
he is genuine it will work.
Eisemann: Your sins were not caused by simple lusts. You went beyond that, you wanted to do bad, to anger God.
[Ezekiel 16:27] BEHOLD, THEREFORE I HAVE
STRETCHED OUT MY HAND OVER THEE, AND HAVE DIMINISHED THINE ORDINARY FOOD,
AND DELIVERED THEE UNTO THE WILL OF THEM THAT HATE THEE, THE DAUGHTERS OF
THE PHILISTINES, WHICH ARE ASHAMED OF THY LEWD WAY.
You will be given into the hands of those who hate you.
<<THE DAUGHTERS OF THE PHILISTINES>>: These are Palestinians.
The verse is applying to Judah. Some of the Jews in Judah will run after
the Palestinians to pawn to them. This will bring disgrace on Judah. The
Palestinians are named after the Philistines. "Palestine" is a Latinised
version for the name "Philistia". The Bible is saying that THE DAUGHTERS
OF THE PHILISTINES are THEM THAT HATE THEE. There is nothing that can be
done about it apart from physically transporting the Palestinians to suitable
area far distant from Israel.
THE PHILISTINES could also represent some of the "Hispanics". Historically
the Philistines were connected with Cyprus and with Illyria (Albania) and
what is now Croatia and with Venice (Italy) and had connections to settlements
in Spain. These connections are assumed to have existed due to linguistic
features and may or may not have been substantial.
[Ezekiel 16:28] THOU HAST PLAYED THE WHORE
ALSO WITH THE ASSYRIANS, BECAUSE THOU WAST UNSATIABLE; YEA, THOU HAST PLAYED
THE HARLOT WITH THEM, AND YET COULDEST NOT BE SATISFIED.
ASSYRIANS: Historically both Judah and Israel attempted to appease
Assyria and it backfired upon them. In modern terms "Assyria can represent
Europe, especially Germany. Germany was settled by Edomites, Canaanites,
Israelites at one stage, and descendants of Magog, and of Gomer son of Japhet,
and by descendants of the Assyrians. There is a tradition that Assyrians
settled in parts of Germany: Josef K. L. Bihl ("In Deutschen Landen," page
69): "Trier was founded by Trebeta, a son of the famous Assyrian King Ninus."
"The inhabitants of Trier maintain that their city is the oldest in all Europe,"
[Ezekiel 16:29] THOU HAST MOREOVER MULTIPLIED
THY FORNICATION IN THE LAND OF CANAAN UNTO CHALDEA; AND YET THOU WAST NOT
"CHALDEA" is another name for Babylon. In modern terms this can mean Rome.
[Ezekiel 16:30] HOW WEAK IS THINE HEART, SAITH THE
LORD GOD, SEEING THOU DOEST ALL THESE THINGS, THE WORK OF AN IMPERIOUS WHORISH
"IMPERIOUS": In Hebrew "shaletet" meaning "ruling", "taking control"."AN
IMPERIOUS WHORISH WOMAN": This phrase combines the qualities of a woman who
tells others what to do. This is associated with an emasculating female who
is also whorish. Perhaps the two qualities "imperious" and "whorish" are
connected as far as women are concerned? Ezekiel 16 no.2
[Ezekiel 16:31] IN THAT THOU BUILDEST THINE EMINENT
PLACE IN THE HEAD OF EVERY WAY, AND MAKEST THINE HIGH PLACE IN EVERY STREET;
AND HAST NOT BEEN AS AN HARLOT, IN THAT THOU SCORNEST HIRE;
[Ezekiel 16:32] BUT AS A WIFE THAT COMMITTETH ADULTERY, WHICH TAKETH STRANGERS INSTEAD OF HER HUSBAND!
[Ezekiel 16:33] THEY GIVE GIFTS TO ALL WHORES: BUT THOU GIVEST THY GIFTS
TO ALL THY LOVERS, AND HIREST THEM, THAT THEY MAY COME UNTO THEE ON EVERY
SIDE FOR THY WHOREDOM.
This is speaking of a married woman who commits adultery and bribes her lovers with gifts in exchange for their attentions.
[Ezekiel 16:34] AND THE CONTRARY IS IN THEE FROM OTHER
WOMEN IN THY WHOREDOMS, WHEREAS NONE FOLLOWETH THEE TO COMMIT WHOREDOMS:
AND IN THAT THOU GIVEST A REWARD, AND NO REWARD IS GIVEN UNTO THEE, THEREFORE
[Ezekiel 16:35] WHEREFORE, O HARLOT, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:
[Ezekiel 16:36] THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BECAUSE THY FILTHINESS WAS POURED
OUT, AND THY NAKEDNESS DISCOVERED THROUGH THY WHOREDOMS WITH THY LOVERS,
AND WITH ALL THE IDOLS OF THY ABOMINATIONS, AND BY THE BLOOD OF THY
CHILDREN, WHICH THOU DIDST GIVE UNTO THEM;
<<BY THE BLOOD OF THY CHILDREN, WHICH THOU DIDST GIVE UNTO THEM>>:
For the sake of our children we should try to be better than we are. At the
least we should draw the line before being overtaken by situations that are
difficult to control.
[Ezekiel 16:37] BEHOLD, THEREFORE I WILL GATHER ALL
THY LOVERS, WITH WHOM THOU HAST TAKEN PLEASURE, AND ALL THEM THAT THOU HAST
LOVED, WITH ALL THEM THAT THOU HAST HATED; I WILL EVEN GATHER THEM ROUND
ABOUT AGAINST THEE, AND
WILL DISCOVER THY NAKEDNESS UNTO THEM, THAT THEY MAY SEE ALL THY NAKEDNESS.
[Ezekiel 16:38] AND I WILL JUDGE THEE, AS WOMEN THAT BREAK WEDLOCK AND SHED
BLOOD ARE JUDGED; AND I WILL GIVE THEE BLOOD IN FURY AND JEALOUSY.
[Ezekiel 16:39] AND I WILL ALSO GIVE THEE INTO THEIR HAND, AND THEY SHALL
THROW DOWN THINE EMINENT PLACE, AND SHALL BREAK DOWN THY HIGH PLACES: THEY
SHALL STRIP THEE ALSO OF THY CLOTHES, AND SHALL TAKE THY FAIR JEWELS, AND
LEAVE THEE NAKED AND BARE.
[Ezekiel 16:40] THEY SHALL ALSO BRING UP A COMPANY
AGAINST THEE, AND THEY SHALL STONE THEE WITH STONES, AND THRUST THEE THROUGH
WITH THEIR SWORDS.
[Ezekiel 16:41] AND THEY SHALL BURN THINE HOUSES WITH FIRE, AND EXECUTE
JUDGMENTS UPON THEE IN THE SIGHT OF MANY WOMEN: AND I WILL CAUSE THEE TO
CEASE FROM PLAYING THE HARLOT, AND THOU ALSO SHALT GIVE NO HIRE ANY MORE.
[Ezekiel 16:42] SO WILL I MAKE MY FURY TOWARD THEE TO REST, AND MY JEALOUSY
SHALL DEPART FROM THEE, AND I WILL BE QUIET, AND WILL BE NO MORE ANGRY.
[Ezekiel 16:43] BECAUSE THOU HAST NOT REMEMBERED THE
DAYS OF THY YOUTH, BUT HAST FRETTED ME IN ALL THESE THINGS; BEHOLD, THEREFORE
I ALSO WILL RECOMPENSE THY WAY UPON THINE HEAD, SAITH THE LORD GOD: AND THOU
SHALT NOT COMMIT THIS LEWDNESS ABOVE ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS.
[Ezekiel 16:44] BEHOLD, EVERY ONE THAT USETH PROVERBS SHALL USE THIS PROVERB
AGAINST THEE, SAYING, AS IS THE MOTHER, SO IS HER DAUGHTER.
<<AS IS THE MOTHER, SO IS HER DAUGHTER>>: Like mother, like daughter.
[Ezekiel 16:45] THOU ART THY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER,
THAT LOTHETH HER HUSBAND AND HER CHILDREN; AND THOU ART THE SISTER OF THY
SISTERS, WHICH LOTHED THEIR HUSBANDS AND THEIR CHILDREN: YOUR MOTHER WAS
AN HITTITE, AND YOUR
FATHER AN AMORITE.
<<WHICH LOTHED THEIR HUSBANDS>>: A woman should love and
honor her husband. The husband is commanded to cleave to his wife and put
her above other considerations (Genesis 2:24).
[Ezekiel 16:46] AND THINE ELDER SISTER IS SAMARIA,
SHE AND HER DAUGHTERS THAT DWELL AT THY LEFT HAND: AND THY YOUNGER SISTER,
THAT DWELLETH AT THY RIGHT HAND, IS SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS.
<<AND THINE ELDER SISTER IS SAMARIA>>: This means the northern
kingdom of Israel of which Samaria was the center. The name "Samaria" can
represent the Lost Ten tribes of Israel, especially Manasseh. The city Samaria
was in the territory of Manasseh. In many respects Manasseh (rather than
Ephraim) was really the most important tribe of the northern kingdom. "Samaria"
in Prophecy could therefore be specifically directed towards the USA.
[Ezekiel 16:47] YET HAST THOU NOT WALKED AFTER THEIR
WAYS, NOR DONE AFTER THEIR ABOMINATIONS: BUT, AS IF THAT WERE A VERY LITTLE
THING, THOU WAST CORRUPTED MORE THAN THEY IN ALL THY WAYS.
[Ezekiel 16:48] AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD GOD, SODOM THY SISTER HATH NOT
DONE, SHE NOR HER DAUGHTERS, AS THOU HAST DONE, THOU AND THY DAUGHTERS.
[Ezekiel 16:49] BEHOLD, THIS WAS THE INIQUITY OF THY
SISTER SODOM, PRIDE, FULNESS OF BREAD, AND ABUNDANCE OF IDLENESS WAS IN HER
AND IN HER DAUGHTERS, NEITHER DID SHE STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF THE POOR AND
Social injustice, waste, overindulgence, and indolence were the crimes of Sodom.
[Ezekiel 16:50] AND THEY WERE HAUGHTY, AND COMMITTED ABOMINATION BEFORE ME:
THEREFORE I TOOK THEM AWAY AS I SAW GOOD.
[Ezekiel 16:51] NEITHER HATH SAMARIA COMMITTED HALF OF THY SINS; BUT THOU
HAST MULTIPLIED THINE ABOMINATIONS MORE THAN THEY, AND HAST JUSTIFIED THY
SISTERS IN ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS WHICH THOU HAST DONE.
The Lost Ten tribes were taken away and only Judah remained. Ezekiel
is saying that the sins of Judah were worse than those of the Ten Tribes!
[Ezekiel 16:52] THOU ALSO, WHICH HAST JUDGED THY SISTERS,
BEAR THINE OWN SHAME FOR THY SINS THAT THOU HAST COMMITTED MORE ABOMINABLE
THAN THEY: THEY ARE MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN THOU: YEA, BE THOU CONFOUNDED ALSO,
AND BEAR THY SHAME, IN THAT THOU HAST JUSTIFIED THY SISTERS.
[Ezekiel 16:53] WHEN I SHALL BRING AGAIN THEIR CAPTIVITY, THE CAPTIVITY
OF SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, AND THE CAPTIVITY OF SAMARIA AND HER DAUGHTERS,
THEN WILL I BRING AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF THY CAPTIVES IN THE MIDST OF THEM:
<<THE CAPTIVITY OF SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS>>: Moshkovitz
(Daat Mikra) suggests that this refers to the revival of the Land of Canaan.
Sodom was overturned and all the area around destroyed. So too, after the
Roman conquest and the Arab and Turkish occupation was most of the Land turned
into a wasteland without trees or greenery.
The British and the Jews restored it in part. The State of Israel is continuing
to do so but not as much nor as well as it should be. We have also
been responsible for ecological abuses that should be corrected. There is
much that could and should be done.
Malbim says here that at the return "Samaria" and "Sodom" (?) will be the
most important section of the Israelite nation whereas Judah will be pulled
after them and returned through them. He repeats this message in 16:55. The
Lost Ten Tribes will return. Manasseh will return. The exiles of Judah who
remained in exile will return together with the Lost Ten Tribes.Abarbanel
(1435-1509): "The Ten Tribes will return to Samaria and its daughter-regions
and so will the scattered dispersion of Judah by gathered in from the four
corners of the earth".
[Ezekiel 16:54] THAT THOU MAYEST BEAR THINE OWN SHAME,
AND MAYEST BE CONFOUNDED IN ALL THAT THOU HAST DONE, IN THAT THOU ART A COMFORT
[Ezekiel 16:55] WHEN THY SISTERS, SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, SHALL RETURN
TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE, AND SAMARIA AND HER DAUGHTERS SHALL RETURN TO THEIR
FORMER ESTATE, THEN THOU AND THY DAUGHTERS SHALL RETURN TO YOUR FORMER ESTATE.
UNTIL NOW THEY ARE STILL OVERTURNED AND HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO THEIR FORMER
This is a message for Judah: In order for Judah to realize herself
and to bring back all her exiles and rehabilitate herself Judah must also
seek the Lost Ten Tribes and cause them to return! This is important to
Judah for her own sake! It is also hinting that rehabilitation of the Land
itself is somehow connected with the return of the Lost Ten Tribes. See our
Commentary on Isaiah 56:8 and Hosea chapter six, where we have explained
that according to prophecy: part of Judah would return to the Land and begin
to build it up. Then the Lost Ten Tribes would return in two stages together
with the remnant of Judah. The first part of this process is well on its
<<SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, SHALL RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE, AND
SAMARIA AND HER DAUGHTERS SHALL RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE>>: Malbim:
[addressing Judah] "For they shall be most important section in the returning
and you subservient to them, and you shall return through them".Abarbanel:
"There is no doubt that this promised ingathering will occur in the Times
of the Messiah. Until now it has never been fulfilled".
[Ezekiel 16:56] FOR THY SISTER SODOM WAS NOT MENTIONED BY THY MOUTH IN THE DAY OF THY PRIDE,
[Ezekiel 16:57] BEFORE THY WICKEDNESS WAS DISCOVERED, AS AT THE TIME OF
THY REPROACH OF THE DAUGHTERS OF SYRIA, AND ALL THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT HER,
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE PHILISTINES, WHICH DESPISE THEE ROUND ABOUT.
"SYRIA": In Hebrew "Aram". Descendants of the Aramites are now in Europe.
[Ezekiel 16:58] THOU HAST BORNE THY LEWDNESS AND THINE ABOMINATIONS, SAITH THE LORD.
[Ezekiel 16:59] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; I WILL EVEN DEAL WITH THEE
AS THOU HAST DONE, WHICH HAST DESPISED THE OATH IN BREAKING THE COVENANT.
[Ezekiel 16:60] NEVERTHELESS I WILL REMEMBER MY COVENANT WITH THEE IN THE
DAYS OF THY YOUTH, AND I WILL ESTABLISH UNTO THEE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.
[Ezekiel 16:61] THEN THOU SHALT REMEMBER THY WAYS, AND BE ASHAMED, WHEN
THOU SHALT RECEIVE THY SISTERS, THINE ELDER AND THY YOUNGER: AND I WILL GIVE
THEM UNTO THEE FOR DAUGHTERS, BUT NOT BY THY COVENANT.
Judah must seek to bring the Lost Ten Tribes back. God makes the participation
of Judah in the process of returning the Lost Ten Tribes a prior condition
for the rehabilitation of Judah herself!
<<I WILL GIVE THEM UNTO THEE FOR DAUGHTERS>>: Judah will have
some degree of directional task to play in helping the Ten Tribes return
and showing them the way in which they should go. Judah however is also obligated
to get his own act together or else (God forbid) be punished.
<<BUT NOT BY THY COVENANT>>: The Lost Ten Tribes will not necessarily
have to convert to Judaism in our sense of the word though they will renew
the covenant between Israel and the Almighty and Judah is obligated to assist
[Ezekiel 16:62] AND I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT WITH THEE; AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD:
God will once again accept Judah and all Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:63] THAT THOU MAYEST REMEMBER, AND BE
CONFOUNDED, AND NEVER OPEN THY MOUTH ANY MORE BECAUSE OF THY SHAME, WHEN
I AM PACIFIED TOWARD THEE FOR ALL THAT THOU HAST DONE, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
Even after we return we will have to remind ourselves of our previous
degradation and be ashamed of ourselves. Ultimately Israel will have to teach
and in some way rule the rest of the world. Humility and a consciousness
of our own past and present failings could help in directing other peoples.