Ezekiel 15

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1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Son of man, what is the vine-tree more than any branching tree which is among the trees of the woods?

3 Will its wood be used for any work? do men make of it a pin for hanging any vessel on?

4 See, it is put into the fire for burning: the fire has made a meal of its two ends and the middle part of it is burned; is it good for any work?

5 Truly, before it was cut down, it was not used for any purpose: how much less, when the fire has made a meal of it and it is burned, will it be made into anything?

6 For this cause the Lord has said: Like the vine-tree among the trees of the woods which I have given to the fire for burning, so will I give the people of Jerusalem.

7 And my face will be turned against them; and though they have come out of the fire they will be burned up by it; and it will be clear to you that I am the Lord when my face is turned against them.

8 And I will make the land a waste because they have done evil, says the Lord.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 138


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 9777

Apocalypse Revealed 350, 880, 939

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

Doctrine of the Lord 28, 64

True Christian Religion 782


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 412, 504

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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lord
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son
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tree
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wood
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hanging
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see
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two
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give
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says
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