Ezekiel 43

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1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east.

2 Behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shined with his glory.

3 It was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city; and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.

4 The glory of Yahweh came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

5 The Spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of Yahweh filled the house.

6 I heard one speaking to me out of the house; and a man stood by me.

7 He said to me, Son of man, [this is] the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. The house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their prostitution, and by the dead bodies of their kings [in] their high places;

8 in their setting of their threshold by my threshold, and their doorpost beside my doorpost, and there was [but] the wall between me and them; and they have defiled my holy name by their abominations which they have committed: therefore I have consumed them in my anger.

9 Now let them put away their prostitution, and the dead bodies of their kings, far from me; and I will dwell in the midst of them forever.

10 You, son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.

11 If they be ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the form of the house, and its fashion, and its exits, and its entrances, and all its forms, and all its ordinances, and all its forms, and all its laws; and write it in their sight; that they may keep the whole form of it, and all its ordinances, and do them.

12 This is the law of the house: on the top of the mountain the whole limit around it shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

13 These are the measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit is a cubit and a handbreadth): the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and its border around its edge a span; and this shall be the base of the altar.

14 From the bottom on the ground to the lower ledge shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser ledge to the greater ledge shall be four cubits, and the breadth a cubit.

15 The upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

16 The altar hearth shall be twelve [cubits] long by twelve broad, square in the four sides of it.

17 The ledge shall be fourteen [cubits] long by fourteen broad in the four sides of it; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and its bottom shall be a cubit around; and its steps shall look toward the east.

18 He said to me, Son of man, thus says the Lord Yahweh: These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.

19 You shall give to the priests the Levites who are of the seed of Zadok, who are near to me, to minister to me, says the Lord Yahweh, a young bull for a sin offering.

20 You shall take of its blood, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the ledge, and on the border all around: thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it.

21 You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and it shall be burnt in the appointed place of the house, outside of the sanctuary.

22 On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bull.

23 When you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.

24 You shall bring them near to Yahweh, and the priests shall cast salt on them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering to Yahweh.

25 Seven days you shall prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bull, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.

26 Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

27 When they have accomplished the days, it shall be that on the eighth day, and forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings on the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, says the Lord Yahweh.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 486, 861, 945

Conjugial Love 26

Divine Providence 134

The Lord 52

Heaven and Hell 171

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 166


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 101, 1250, 2830, 2851, 3708, 3858, 4482, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 50, 191, 487, 614, 904

Doctrine of the Lord 28, 39

Heaven and Hell 197

True Christian Religion 93, 157


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 71, 179, 208, 220, 253, 417, 422, ...

Marriage 93

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 53

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Exodus 25:8, 22, 27:1, 29:14, 36, 37, 42, 45, 40:34, 35

Leviticus 1:5, 2:13, 4:23, 26, 8:14, 15, 33, 9:1, 4

1 Kings 8:13

2 Kings 16:4, 14

1 Chronicles 28:2

2 Chronicles 4:1

Psalms 68:17, 93:5, 99:1

Isaiah 6:3, 29:1, 60:1

Jeremiah 3:17, 17:12, 33:18

Ezekiel 1:24, 3:5, 12, 14, 23, 5:11, 12, 13, 8:4, 6, 9:10, 10:4, 19, 22, 11:23, 16:61, 20:40, 37:26, 28, 40:4, 5, 46, 42:20, 44:1, 2, 5, 45:2, 18, 19

Micah 4:7

Habakkuk 3:3, 4

Haggai 2:9

Zechariah 13:2, 3

2 Corinthians 6:17

Hebrews 8:5

Revelation 1:15, 18:1, 21:3

Word/Phrase Explanations

gate
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God
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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...

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

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

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

many
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...

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

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

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...

city
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

river
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fell
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face
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house
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court
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.

filled
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heard
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

said
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...

Son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

place
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

Throne
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feet
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midst
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...

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

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

name
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kings
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high
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

Wall
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anger
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

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

show
'Shew' signifies instruction to the life.

ashamed
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Measure
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.

make known
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laws
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Write
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keep
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mountain
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

limit
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measures
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Altar
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border
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.

edge
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ground
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two
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one
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greater
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four
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horns
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long
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Square
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sides
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

Fourteen
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Half
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.

steps
'Steps,' as in Exodus 20:26, signify ascent to higher or interior degrees.

lord
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day
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Offerings
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Sprinkle blood
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blood
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

give
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Priests
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

Seed
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Minister
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.

young
'The son of a cow' signifies the celestial natural level and natural exterior good.

sin
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male
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

goat
From correspondences, a goat signifies the natural man. The goat which was sacrificed, as in Leviticus 16:5-10, signifies the natural man regarding a part purified,...

ram
'A ram' signifies the Lord’s divine spiritual nature pertaining to a person. 'A ram' signifies the good of innocence and charity in the internal self....

Flock
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

near
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...

Salt
'Salt' is the desire of conjunction of truth with good, which is why only salt will conjoin water, which corresponds to truth, and oil, which...

Seven
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peace
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...


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