Ezekiel 19

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1 Take up now a song of grief for the ruler of Israel, and say,

2 What was your mother? Like a she-lion among lions, stretched out among the young lions she gave food to her little ones.

3 And one of her little ones came to growth under her care, and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food; and he took men for his meat.

4 And the nations had news of him; he was taken in the hole they had made: and, pulling him with hooks, they took him into the land of Egypt.

5 Now when she saw that her hope was made foolish and gone, she took another of her little ones and made him into a young lion.

6 And he went up and down among the lions and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food; and he took men for his meat.

7 And he sent destruction on their widows and made waste their towns; and the land and everything in it became waste because of the loud sound of his voice.

8 Then the nations came against him from the kingdoms round about: their net was stretched over him and he was taken in the hole they had made.

9 They made him a prisoner with hooks, and took him to the king of Babylon; they put him in the strong place so that his voice might be sounding no longer on the mountains of Israel.

10 Your mother was in comparison like a vine, planted by the waters: she was fertile and full of branches because of the great waters.

11 And she had a strong rod for a rod of authority for the rulers, and it became tall among the clouds and it was seen lifted up among the number of its branches.

12 But she was uprooted in burning wrath, and made low on the earth; the east wind came, drying her up, and her branches were broken off; her strong rod became dry, the fire made a meal of it.

13 And now she is planted in the waste land, in a dry and unwatered country.

14 And fire has gone out from her rod, causing the destruction of her branches, so that there is no strong rod in her to be the ruler's rod of authority. This is a song of grief, and it was for a song of grief.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Explained 1029

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 142


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 289, 1069, 2702, 2831, 5113, 5215, 6367, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 241, 343, 485, 546

Conjugial Love 119

True Christian Religion 306


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 278, 280, 304, 419, 504, 601, 722, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

grief
Grief is anxiety of heart or will.

Israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

mother
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...

lions
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

to
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.

young lion
'Whelp of a lion,' as in Genesis 49:9, denotes innocence with might. 'Whelp of a lion,' as in Deuteronomy 32:22, signifies the first part of...

food
'The spoil in mine house,' as in Malachi 3:10, signifies remains in the internal self, because they are stealthily implanted among many evils and falsities.

nations
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

Hole
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

Loud
In Revelation 5:2, 'a loud' or 'great voice' signifies divine truth from the Lord, in its power or virtue.

voice
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

Round about
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.

Net
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.

babylon
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

Might
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

mountains
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...

planted
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.

waters
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.

Full
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

rod
'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the...

seen
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

wind
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...

drying
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....

fire
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

Country
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...


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