Ezekiel 3

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1 sagde han til mig: "Menneskesøn, slug hvad du her har for dig, slug denne Bogrulle og gå så hen og tal til Israels Hus!"

2 Så åbnede jeg Munden, og han lod mig sluge Bogrullen

3 og sagde til mig: "Menneskesøn! Lad din Bug fortære den Bogrulle, jeg her giver dig, og fyld dine Indvolde dermed!" Og jeg slugte den, og den var sød som Honning i min Mund.

4 sagde han til mig: "Menneskesøn, gå til Israels Hus og tal mine Ord til dem!

5 Thi du sendes til Israels Folk, ikke til et Folk med dybt Mål og tungt Mæle,

6 ikke til mange Hånde Folkeslag med dybt Mål og tungt Mæle, hvis Tale du ikke fatter, hvis jeg sendte dig til dem, vilde de høre dig.

7 Men Israels Hus vil ikke høre dig, thi de vil ikke høre mig; thi hele Israels Hus har hårde Pander og stive Hjerter.

8 Se, jeg gør dit Ansigt hårdt som deres Ansigter og din Pande hård som deres Pander;

9 som Diamant, hårdere end Flint gør jeg din Pande. Frygt ikke for dem og vær ikke ræd for deres Ansigter, thi de er en genstridig Slægt!"

10 Videre sagde han til mig: "Menneskesøn, alle mine Ord, som jeg taler til dig, skal du optage i dit Hjerte og høre med dine Ører;

11 og gå så hen til dine landflygtige Landsmænd og tal til dem og sig: Så siger den Herre HE EN! - hvad enten de så hører eller ej!"

12 Så løftede Ånden mig, og jeg hørte bag mig Larmen af et vældigt Jordskælv, da HE ENs Herlighed hævede sig fra sit Sted,

13 og Suset af de levende Væseners Vinger, der rørte hverandre, og samtidig Lyden af Hjulene og Larmen af Jordskælvet.

14 Og Ånden løftede mig og førte mig bort, og jeg vandrede bitter og gram i Hu, idet HE ENs Hånd var over mig med Vælde.

15 kom jeg til de landflygtige i Tel-Abib, de, som boede ved Floden Kebar, og der sad jeg syv Dage iblandt dem og stirrede hen for mig.

16 Syv Dage senere kom HE ENs Ord til mig således:

17 Menneskesøn! Jeg sætter dig til Vægter for Israels Hus; hører du et Ord af min Mund, skal du advare dem fra mig.

18 Når jeg siger til den gudløse: "Du skal visselig !" og du ikke advarer ham eller for at bevare hans Liv taler til ham om at omvende sig fra sin gudløse Vej, så skal samme gudløse for sin Misgerning, men hans Blod vil jeg kræve af din Hånd.

19 Advarer du derimod den gudløse, og han ikke omvender sig fra sin Gudløshed og sin Vej, så skal samme gudløse for sin Misgerning, men du har reddet din Sjæl.

20 Og når en retfærdig vender sig fra sin etfærdighed og gør Uret, og jeg lægger Anstød for ham, så han dør, og du ikke har advaret ham, så dør han for sin Synd, og den etfærdighed, han har øvet, skal ikke tilregnes ham, men hans Blod vil jeg kræve af din Hånd.

21 Har du derimod advaret den retfærdige mod at synde, og han ikke synder, så skal samme retfærdige leve, fordi han lod sig advare, og du har reddet din Sjæl.

22 Siden kom HE ENs Hånd over mig der, og han sagde til mig: "Stå op og gå ud i dalen, der vil jeg tale med dig!"

23 stod jeg op og gik ud i Dalen, og se, der stod HE ENs Herlighed, som jeg havde set denved Floden Kebar. Da faldt jeg på mit Ansigt.

24 Men Ånden kom i mig og rejste mig på mine Fødder. Så taIede han til mig og sagde: Gå hjem og luk dig inde i dit Hus!

25 Og du, Menneskesøn, se, man skal lægge Bånd på dig og binde dig, så du ikke kan gå ud iblandt dem;

26 og din Tunge lader jeg hænge ved Ganen, så du bliver stum og ikke kan være dem en evser; thi de er en genstridig Slægt.

27 Men når jeg taler til dig, vil jeg åbne din Mund, og du skal sige til dem: Så siger den Herre HE EN! Så får den, der vil høre, høre, og den, der ikke vil, får lade være; thi de er en genstridig Slægt.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 322

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 126


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 728, 1286, 1884, 3869, 5620, 5890, 8764, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 245, 282, 347, 482, 510, 945

The Lord 28, 48, 52

Heaven and Hell 441

True Christianity 157


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 63, 77, 186, 222, 283, 411, 412, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 60

Nine Questions 1

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 22, 52

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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Word/Phrase Explanations

sagde
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...

Israels
'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...

hus
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

munden
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

bug
'Womb,' as in Genesis 49:25, signifies the conjunction of good and truth. The term 'belly' is used where truths are being discussed, and the term...

Fortære
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

giver
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

honning
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...

ord
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

mange
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

høre
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...

hjerter
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

ansigt
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

frygt
The fearful signify people who have no faith.

taler
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

herre
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bag
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

levende
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

vinger
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...

hånd
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

kom
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

syv
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dage
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vægter
'A watchman,' as in Isaiah 21:11, in an internal sense, signifies someone who observes the states of the church and its changes, which applies to...


Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

vej
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

blod
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

sjæl
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retfærdig
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synd
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stod
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se
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faldt
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fødder
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...

binde
Being bound, as in Genesis 42:16, denotes to be separated, for he who is kept b. is separated, viz., from the spiritual good, which is...

tunge
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