I. Historical/Cultural Context
This figurative narrative or allegory, from the beginning of the monarchy or earlier, is a striking departure from Amos’ and Hosea’s depiction of
At maturity, Yahweh weds
II. Analysis of the Passage – God’s “Nymphomaniac Bride”
Scene 1 takes place in verses 1-7. Verses 1-2 show the allegory as confrontation. Verse 3 concerns
Scene 2, verses 8-14 find Yahweh again as a passer-by. Verse 8’s spreading the corner of the garment signified a marriage commitment (cf. Ruth 3:9). God is attracted to the physically matured girl. “The allegory is particularly daring in view of
Verses 15-34 provide the turning point, unfaithfulness flowing from pride in her beauty, portraying
Wronged husband Yahweh, verses 35-43, shames unfaithful
III. Synthesis of the Passage
In this poignant allegory, God confronts
God’s rescuing and choosing of one unwanted parallels God’s choosing and calling us. Where others see insignificance, God sees his “chosen ones, holy and beloved” (Col 3:12a). Riches (clothing etc.) bestowed were gifts from her husband, “the result of …unsolicited and unanticipated benefaction” as are God’s riches of his love, grace, and salvation (Eph 2:7). Prideful, we sometimes seek other lovers, wanting that which only the Beloved can provide.
 Joseph Blenkinsopp, Ezekiel, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, ed. Patrick D. Miller (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1990), 76.
 Gordon McConville, A Guide to the Prophets, Exploring the Old Testament, vol. 4 (
 Blenkinsopp, 76.
 Robert R. Wilson, Ezekiel, The HarperCollins Bible Commentary, ed. James L. Mays (
 Blenkinsopp, 77.
 Vawter and Hoppe, 93.
 Blenkinsopp, 78.
 Vawter and Hoppe, 93.
 Vawter and Hoppe, 94.
 Ibid., 95.
 Blenkinsopp, 78
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Preaching. Ed. Patrick D. Miller, Jr.
McConville, Gordon. A Guide to the Prophets. Exploring the Old Testament. Vol. 4.
The Bible. New International Version.
Vawter, Bruce and Hoppe, Leslie J. A New Heart: A Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel.
International Theological Commentary. Ed. Fredrick Carlson Holmgren and
George A. F. Knight.
Wilson, Robert R. Ezekiel. The HarperCollins Bible Commentary. Ed. James L. Mays.