The Meaning of Ezekiel 16:46 Explained

Ezekiel 16:46

KJV: 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.

YLT: And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters, Who is dwelling at thy left hand, And thy younger sister, who is dwelling on thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

Darby: And thine elder sister is Samaria that dwelleth at thy left hand, she and her daughters; and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

ASV: And thine elder sister is Samaria, that dwelleth at thy left hand, she and her daughters; and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

What does Ezekiel 16:46 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Ezekiel 16

1  Under the parable of a wretched infant is shown the natural state of Jerusalem
6  God's extraordinary love toward her,
15  Her grievous judgment
35  Her sin, equal to her mother,
46  and exceeding her sisters, Sodom and Samaria,
59  calls for judgments
60  Mercy is promised her in the end

What do the individual words in Ezekiel 16:46 mean?

And Your sister elder Samaria is and with her daughters who dwells to the north of you and sister younger your who dwells to the south of you [is] Sodom and her daughters
וַאֲחוֹתֵ֨ךְ הַגְּדוֹלָ֤ה שֹֽׁמְרוֹן֙ הִ֣יא וּבְנוֹתֶ֔יהָ הַיּוֹשֶׁ֖בֶת עַל־ שְׂמֹאולֵ֑ךְ וַאֲחוֹתֵ֞ךְ הַקְּטַנָּ֣ה מִמֵּ֗ךְ הַיּוֹשֶׁ֙בֶת֙ מִֽימִינֵ֔ךְ סְדֹ֖ם וּבְנוֹתֶֽיהָ

וַאֲחוֹתֵ֨ךְ  And  Your  sister 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine singular construct, second person feminine singular
Root: אָחֹות  
Sense: sister.
הַגְּדוֹלָ֤ה  elder 
Parse: Article, Adjective, feminine singular
Root: גָּבֹול 
Sense: great.
שֹֽׁמְרוֹן֙  Samaria 
Parse: Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: שֹׁמְרֹון  
Sense: the region of northern Palestine associated with the northern kingdom of the 0 tribes of Israel which split from the kingdom after the death of Solomon during the reign of his son Rehoboam and were ruled by Jeroboam.
וּבְנוֹתֶ֔יהָ  and  with  her  daughters 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine plural construct, third person feminine singular
Root: בַּת  
Sense: daughter.
הַיּוֹשֶׁ֖בֶת  who  dwells 
Parse: Article, Verb, Qal, Participle, feminine singular
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
שְׂמֹאולֵ֑ךְ  the  north  of  you 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, second person feminine singular
Root: שְׂמֹאל  
Sense: the left, the left hand, the left side.
וַאֲחוֹתֵ֞ךְ  and  sister 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine singular construct, second person feminine singular
Root: אָחֹות  
Sense: sister.
הַקְּטַנָּ֣ה  younger 
Parse: Article, Adjective, feminine singular
Root: קָטָן 
Sense: young, small, insignificant, unimportant.
מִמֵּ֗ךְ  your 
Parse: Preposition, second person feminine singular
Root: מִן 
Sense: from, out of, on account of, off, on the side of, since, above, than, so that not, more than.
הַיּוֹשֶׁ֙בֶת֙  who  dwells 
Parse: Article, Verb, Qal, Participle, feminine singular
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
מִֽימִינֵ֔ךְ  to  the  south  of  you 
Parse: Preposition-m, Noun, feminine singular construct, second person feminine singular
Root: יָמִין  
Sense: right, right hand, right side.
סְדֹ֖ם  [is]  Sodom 
Parse: Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: סְדֹם  
Sense: a Canaanite city, usually paired with Gomorrah, located in the area of the Dead Sea and the Jordan river; both cities destroyed by God in judgment.
וּבְנוֹתֶֽיהָ  and  her  daughters 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine plural construct, third person feminine singular
Root: בַּת  
Sense: daughter.