Ezekiel 15

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1 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, what is the wood of the vine more than any wood, the vine-branch, which is among the trees of the forest?

3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will [men] take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

4 Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel: the fire consumeth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned; is it fit for [any] work?

5 Behold, when it was whole, it was used for no work; how much less when the fire hath consumed it, and it is burned, should it yet be used for any work?

6 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

7 And I will set my face against them: they shall go forth from [one] fire, and [another] fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I [am] Jehovah when I set my face against them.

8 And I will make the land a desolation, because they have wrought unfaithfulness, saith the Lord Jehovah.

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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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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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Word/Phrase Explanations

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Son
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man
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wood
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Trees
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forest
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Hang
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fire
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midst
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saith
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lord
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give
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inhabitants
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Jerusalem
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face
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go
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Go forth
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know
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land
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