Ezekiel 28

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Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 E la parola dell’Eterno mi fu rivolta in questi termini:

2 "Figliuol d’uomo, di’ al principe di Tiro: Così parla il Signore, l’Eterno: Il tuo cuore s’è fatto altero, e tu dici: Io sono un dio! Io sto assiso sopra un trono di Dio nel cuore de’ mari! mentre sei un uomo e non un Dio, quantunque tu ti faccia un cuore simile a un cuore d’un Dio.

3 Ecco, tu sei più savio di Daniele, nessun mistero è oscuro per te;

4 con la tua saviezza e con la tua intelligenza ti sei procurato ricchezza, hai ammassato oro e argento nei tuoi tesori;

5 con la tua gran saviezza e col tuo commercio hai accresciuto le tue ricchezze, e a motivo delle tue ricchezze il tuo cuore s’è fatto altero.

6 Perciò così parla il Signore, l’Eterno: Poiché tu ti sei fatto un cuore come un cuore di Dio,

7 ecco, io fo venire contro di te degli stranieri, i più violenti di fra le nazioni; ed essi sguaineranno le loro spade contro lo splendore della tua saviezza, e contamineranno la tua bellezza;

8 ti trarranno giù nella fossa, e tu morrai della morte di quelli che sono trafitti nei cuori de’ mari.

9 Continuerai tu a dire: "Io sono un Dio", in presenza di colui che ti ucciderà? Sarai un uomo e non un Dio nelle mani di chi ti trafiggerà!

10 Tu morrai della morte degli incirconcisi, per man di stranieri; poiché io ho parlato, dice il Signore, l’Eterno".

11 E la parola dell’Eterno mi fu rivolta in questi termini:

12 "Figliuol d’uomo, pronunzia una lamentazione sul re di Tiro, e digli: Così parla il Signore, l’Eterno: Tu mettevi il suggello alla perfezione, eri pieno di saviezza, di una bellezza perfetta;

13 eri in Eden il giardino di Dio; eri coperto d’ogni sorta di pietre preziose: rubini, topazi, diamanti, crisoliti, onici, diaspri, zaffiri, carbonchi, smeraldi, oro; tamburi e flauti erano al tuo servizio, preparati il giorno che fosti creato.

14 Eri un cherubino dalle ali distese, un protettore. Io t’avevo stabilito, tu stavi sul monte santo di Dio, camminavi in mezzo a pietre di fuoco.

15 Tu fosti perfetto nelle tue vie dal giorno che fosti creato, perché non si trovò in te la perversità.

16 Per l’abbondanza del tuo commercio, tutto in te s’è riempito di violenza, e tu hai peccato; perciò io ti caccio come un profano dal monte di Dio, e ti farò sparire, o cherubino protettore, di mezzo alle pietre di fuoco.

17 Il tuo cuore s’è fatto altero per la tua bellezza; tu hai corrotto la tua saviezza a motivo del tuo splendore; io ti gettò a terra, ti do in ispettacolo ai re.

18 Con la moltitudini delle tue iniquità, colla disonestà del tuo commercio, tu hai profanato i tuoi santuari; ed io faccio uscire di mezzo a te un fuoco che ti divori, e ti riduco in cenere sulla terra, in presenza di tutti quelli che ti guardano.

19 Tutti quelli che ti conoscevano fra i popoli restano stupefatti al vederti; tu sei diventato oggetto di terrore e non esisterai mai più".

20 La parola dell’Eterno mi fu rivolta in questi termini:

21 "Figliuol d’uomo, volgi la faccia verso Sidon, profetizza contro di lei,

22 e di’: Così parla il Signore, l’Eterno: Eccomi contro di te, o Sidon! e io mi glorificherò in mezzo di te: e si conoscerà che io sono l’Eterno, quando avrò eseguiti i miei giudizi contro di lei, e mi sarò santificato in lei.

23 Io manderò contro di lei la peste, e ci sarà del sangue nelle sue strade; e in mezzo ad essa cadranno gli uccisi dalla spada, che piomberà su lei da tutte le parti; e si conoscerà che io sono l’Eterno.

24 E non ci sarà più per la casa d’Israele né spina maligna né rovo irritante fra tutti i suoi vicini che la disprezzano; e si conoscerà che io sono il Signore, l’Eterno.

25 Così parla il Signore, l’Eterno: Quando avrò raccolto la casa d’Israele di mezzo ai popoli fra i quali essa è dispersa, io mi santificherò in loro nel cospetto delle nazioni, ed essi abiteranno il loro paese che io ho dato al mio servo Giacobbe;

26 vi abiteranno al sicuro; edificheranno case e pianteranno vigne; abiteranno al sicuro, quand’io avrò eseguito i miei giudizi su tutti quelli che li circondano e li disprezzano; e conosceranno che io sono l’Eterno, il loro Dio".

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 406

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 151


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 113, 114, 273, 1069, 1201, 1551, 1588, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 90, 206, 239, 254, 540, 606, 759, ...

Divine Love and Wisdom 325

Doctrine of the Lord 28

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 45, 97

Fede 54

True Christianity 219, 260, 467, 773


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 110, 131, 236, 242, 268, 277, 294, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 23, 27, 41, 58

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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Word/Phrase Explanations

parola
'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...

tiro
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.

signore
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

cuore
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...

di Dio
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

mari
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

ricchezza
'Wealth' signifies scientific knowledge, as seen in several passages in the Word.

oro
'Money' relates to truth.

argento
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

tesori
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.

ricchezze
When the Bible talks about riches, it is talking about spiritual wealth, not worldly wealth – ideas and knowledge about the Lord and spiritual things,...

venire
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

nazioni
'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...

bellezza
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.

giù
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

ucciderà
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...

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

incirconcisi
'The uncircumcised,' as in Ezekiel 31:18, signifies people lacking the good of charity.

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

dice
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...

lamentazione
The children of Israel represent 'lamentation' by various things which signified some evil of the church among them for which they were punished. When they...

re
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

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

Eden
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...

giardino
Plants, in general, represent knowledge, ideas and intellectual concepts – things of the mind. Plant the best and most beautiful of those in one place,...

pietre
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...

rubini
Emerald, purple, broidered-work, fine linen, coral, and agate (Ezek. 27:16), signify the knowledges of good.

topazi
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.

giorno
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

creato
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

Ali
A Cherub has as its first definition in the dictionary, “A winged heavenly creature.” Cherubim is the plural of cherub. In the Word, the words...

santo
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.

in mezzo a
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

mezzo
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

fuoco
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...

Perfetto
'The days of the perfect' signifies the states of people who are in good and truths from good.

violenza
'Violence' signifies the outrage done to charity and the destruction of charity and faith. 'Violence,' as in Jeremiah 15:21, signifies falsities which assault the good...

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

iniquità
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

cenere
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...

mai
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

santificato
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.

peste
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.

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

strade
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...

spada
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

israele
'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...

dato
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...

giacobbe
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

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

vigne
'A vine' signifies spiritual good and truth. 'A vine' or 'vineyard' signifies the church where the Word, and the Lord in it, is known, or...


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