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Ezechiele 23

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1 LA parola del Signore mi fu ancora indirizzata, dicendo:

2 Figliuol d’uomo, vi erano due donne, figliuole d’una medesima madre,

3 le quali fornicarono in Egitto nella lor giovanezza; quivi furono premute le lor mammelle, e quivi fu compresso il seno della lor verginità.

4 Or i nomi loro sono: Ohola, la maggiore; ed Oholiba, sua sorella; ma esse divennero mie, e mi partorirono figliuoli, e figliuole; ed i lor nomi sono: d’Ohola, Samaria; e d’Oholiba, Gerusalemme.

5 Ed Ohola ha fornicato, ricevendo altri in luogo mio, e si è innamorata de’ suoi amanti, degli Assiri, suoi vicini;

6 vestiti di giacinto, principi, e satrapi, giovani vaghi tutti quanti, cavalieri montati sopra cavalli.

7 E si è abbondonata a fornicar con loro, che erano tutti la scelta de’ figliuoli di Assur; e si è contaminata con tutti gl’idoli di coloro, de’ quali ella si era innamorata.

8 E con tutto ciò, ella non ha lasciate le sue fornicazioni di Egitto; perciocchè gli Egizi erano giaciuti con lei nella sua giovanezza, ed aveano compresso il seno della sua verginità, ed aveano sparse le lor fornicazioni sopra lei.

9 Perciò, io l’ho data in man de’ suoi amanti, in man de’ figliuoli di Assur, de’ quali ella si era innamorata.

10 Essi hanno scoperte le sue vergogne, hanno presi i suoi figliuoli, e le sue figliuole, ed hanno uccisa lei con la spada; ed ella è stata famosa fra le donne, ed essi hanno eseguiti giudicii sopra lei.

11 E la sua sorella Oholiba ha veduto ciò, e si è corrotta ne’ suoi innamoramenti più di lei; e nelle sue fornicazioni, più che la sua sorella nelle sue.

12 Ella si è innamorata de’ figliuoli di Assur, suoi vicini, principi, e satrapi, vestiti perfettamente, cavalieri montati sopra cavalli, giovani vaghi tutti quanti.

13 Ed io ho veduto ch’ella si era contaminata, che amendue seguivano un medesimo procedere.

14 Anzi, che questa ha sopraggiunto alle fornicazioni dell’altra; perciocchè avendo veduti degli uomini ritratti in su la parete, delle immagini di Caldei, dipinte di minio,

15 cinte di cinture sopra i lor lombi, con delle tiare tinte in sul capo, d’aspetto di capitani tutte quante, di’ sembianza di figliuoli di Babilonia, del paese de’ Caldei, lor terra natia,

16 ella se n’è innamorata, per lo sguardo degli occhi suoi, ed ha lor mandati ambasciatori nel paese dei Caldei.

17 Ed i figliuoli di Babilonia son venuti con lei a giacitura amorosa, e l’hanno contaminata con la lor fornicazione, ed ella si è contaminata con loro; e poi l’animo suo si è stolto da loro.

18 Ella adunque ha pubblicate le sue fornicazioni, ed ha scoperte le sue vergogne; laonde l’animo mio si è stolto da lei, siccome si era stolto dalla sua sorella.

19 E pure anch’ella ha accresciute le sue fornificazioni, ricordandosi dei giorni della sua giovanezza, quando fornicava nel paese di Egitto;

20 e si è innamorata degli Egizi, più che le lor concubine stesse; perciocchè la lor carne è carne d’asini, e il lor flusso è flusso di cavalli.

21 Così tu sei tornata alla scelleratezza della tua fanciullezza, quando le tue mammelle furon compresse dagli Egizi, a cagione de’ tuoi seni di fanciulla.

22 Perciò, Oholiba, così ha detto il Signore Iddio: Ecco, io eccito contro a te i tuoi amanti, da’ quali l’animo tuo si è stolto; e li farò venire sopra te d’ogni intorno.

23 Cioè: i figliuoli di Babilonia, e tutti i Caldei; que’ di Pecod, di Soa, di Coa, e tutti i figliuoli di Assur con loro, giovani vaghi, principi, e satrapi, tutti quanti; capitani, ed uomini famosi, montati sopra cavalli tutti quanti.

24 E verranno contro a te con carri, con carrette, e con ruote, e con gran raunata di genti; porranno contro a te d’ogn’intorno scudi, e targhe, ed elmi; ed io metterò in lor potere il far giudicio, ed essi ti giudicheranno de’ lor giudicii.

25 Ed io eseguirò la mia gelosia contro a te, ed essi opereranno inverso te con ira; ti taglieranno il naso, e gli orecchi, e ciò che di te sarà rimasto caderà per la spada; prenderanno i tuoi figliuoli, e le tue figliuole; e il tuo rimanente sarà consumato per lo fuoco.

26 E ti spoglieranno dei tuoi vestimenti, e rapiranno gli ornamenti della tua magnificenza.

27 Ed io farò venir meno in te la tua scelleratezza, e la tua fornicazione, nel paese di Egitto; e tu non leverai più gli occhi a loro, e non ricorderai più l’Egitto.

28 Perciocchè, così ha detto il Signore Iddio: Ecco, io ti do in man di coloro che tu odii: in man di coloro da’ quali l’animo tuo si è stolto.

29 Ed essi procederanno teco con odio, e rapiranno tutti i tuoi beni, e ti lasceranno ignuda, e scoperta; e sarà palesata la turpitudine delle tue fornicazioni, e la tua scelleratezza, e le tue prostituzioni.

30 Io ti farò queste cose, perciocchè tu hai fornicato dietro alle genti; perciocchè tu ti sei contaminata co’ loro idoli.

31 Tu sei camminata nella via della tua sorella; io altresì ti darò in mano la sua coppa.

32 Così ha detto il Signore Iddio: Tu berrai la coppa profonda, e larga, della tua sorella; tu sarai in derisione, ed in ischerno; quella coppa sarà di gran capacità.

33 Tu sarai ripiena di ebbrezza, e di affanno, per la coppa della desolazione, e del disertamento, per la coppa di Samaria, tua sorella.

34 E tu la berrai, e la succerai, e ne spezzerai i testi, e ti strapperai le mammelle; perciocchè io ho parlato, dice il Signore Iddio.

35 Perciò così ha detto il Signore Iddio: Perciocchè tu mi hai dimenticato, e mi hai gettato dietro alle spalle, tu altresì porta la tua scelleratezza, e le tue fornicazioni.

36 Poi il Signore mi disse: Figliuol d’uomo, non giudicherai tu Ohola, ed Oholiba? or dichiara loro le loro abbominazioni.

37 Perciocchè han commesso adulterio, e vi è del sangue nelle lor mani, ed han commesso adulterio co’ loro idoli; ed anche han fatti passar per lo fuoco i lor figliuoli, i quali mi aveano partoriti, per consumarli.

38 Ancor questo mi han fatto: in quel medesimo giorno hanno contaminato il mio santuario, ed han profanati i miei sabati.

39 E dopo avere scannati i lor figliuoli a’ loro idoli, son venute in quel medesimo giorno nel mio santuario, per profanarlo; ed ecco, così han fatto dentro della mia Casa.

40 Ed oltre a ciò, han mandato ad uomini, vegnenti di lontano, i quali, tosto che il messo è stato loro mandato, son venuti; ed alla giunta loro, tu ti sei lavata, tu ti sei lisciato il viso, e ti sei adorna di ornamenti.

41 E ti sei posta a sedere sopra un letto magnifico, davanti al quale era una tavola apparecchiata; e sopra quella tu hai posti i miei profumi, ed i miei olii odoriferi.

42 Quivi è stato uno strepito di moltitudine sollazzante; ed oltre agli uomini della turba del popolazzo, sono stati introdotti degli ubriachi del deserto; i quali han poste delle maniglie in su le mani di quelle due donne, ed una corona di gloria sopra le lor teste.

43 Ed io ho detto di quella, invecchiata in adulterii: Ora fornicheranno essi con lei a suo modo.

44 Altri dunque è venuto a lei, come si viene ad una meretrice; così son venuti coloro ad Ohola, e ad Oholiba, donne scellerate.

45 Perciò, gli uomini giusti le giudicheranno, come si giudicano le adultere, e quelle che spandono il sangue; conciossiachè esse sieno adultere, ed abbiano del sangue nelle lor mani.

46 Perciocchè, così ha detto il Signore Iddio: Io fo venir contro a loro una gran raunata di genti, e le metterò in turbamento ed in preda.

47 E quella raunata le lapiderà con pietre, e le taglierà a pezzi con le sue spade; ucciderà i lor figliuoli, e le lor figliuole, e brucerà le lor case col fuoco.

48 Ed io farò cessar la scelleratezza nel paese; e tutte le donne saranno ammaestrate a non fare secondo le vostre scelleratezze.

49 E coloro vi metteranno la vostra scelleratezza addosso; e voi porterete i peccati de’ vostri idoli, e conoscerete che io sono il Signore Iddio.

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Ezechiele 5:13

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13 E il mio cruccio si adempierà, ed io acqueterò l’ira mia sopra loro, e mi appagherò; ed essi conosceranno che io, il Signore, ho parlato nella mia gelosia, quando avrò adempiuta l’ira mia sopra loro.

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503. We will now say what Egypt symbolizes in the Word: Egypt symbolizes the natural self joined to the spiritual self, and its affection for truth then and consequent knowledge and intelligence. And in an opposite sense it symbolizes the natural self divorced from the spiritual self, and its conceit in its own intelligence then and consequent irrationality in spiritual matters.

Egypt symbolizes the natural self joined to the spiritual self, and its affection for truth then and consequent knowledge and intelligence, in the following passages:

In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt... swearing an oath to Jehovah of Hosts... In that day there will be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt... Then Jehovah will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day... (Isaiah 19:18-21)

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, so that the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria - a blessing in the midst of the land, whom Jehovah of Hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is My people Egypt, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." (Isaiah 19:23-25)

Egypt there is the natural component, Assyria the rational one, and Israel the spiritual one. These three form a person of the church.

That is why the king of Egypt is called "the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings," and Egypt is called "the cornerstone of (the) tribes." (Isaiah 19:11, 13) And regarding Solomon we are told that his wisdom excelled the wisdom of the Egyptians (1 Kings 4:30). We are also told that he "took Pharaoh's daughter as a wife, and brought her into the city of David" (1 Kings 3:1), and that he "built a house for Pharaoh's daughter next to the porch" (1 Kings 7:8).

(Odkazy: Psalms 105:23; Revelation 11:8)


[2] For this reason Joseph was carried down into Egypt and there became the ruler of the whole land (Genesis 41).

Since Egypt symbolized the natural self in respect to its affection for truth and consequent knowledge and intelligence, therefore Joseph, the husband of Mary, having been warned by an angel, went with the infant Lord into Egypt (Matthew 2:14-15), in fulfillment of the prophecy,

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. (Hosea 11:1)

You caused a vine to come out of Egypt; You... planted it... and caused it to send forth its roots... (Psalms 80:8-9)

For a person is born natural, becomes rational, and later spiritual. Thus is a vine from Egypt planted and caused to take root.

For the sake of this representation, moreover, Abraham sojourned in Egypt (Genesis 12:10ff.). And Jacob was commanded to go with his sons into Egypt, and they also abode there (Genesis 46ff.).

So, too, the land of Canaan, which symbolizes the church, is described to extend "even to the river of Egypt" (Genesis 15:18, 1 Kings 4:21, Micah 7:12). And Egypt is compared to the Garden of Eden, the garden of God (Ezekiel 31:2, 8, Genesis 13:10).

The knowledge of the natural self is also called "the precious things of Egypt" (Daniel 11:43), and "fine embroidered linen from Egypt" (Ezekiel 27:7).

And so on elsewhere where Egypt is spoken of affirmatively, as in Isaiah 27:12-13.

(Odkazy: 2 Kings 19:23-24; Ezekiel 29:13-16, Ezekiel 31:1-9, 31; Genesis 41:37-57, Genesis 41:41, 46:3; Hosea 9:1, Hosea 11:11; Isaiah 19:23-24; Psalms 68:31-32; Zechariah 10:10-11, 14:16-18)


[3] On the other hand, in an opposite sense Egypt symbolizes the natural self divorced from the spiritual self, and its conceit in its own intelligence then and consequent irrationality in spiritual matters, in the following places:

Because...(Pharaoh's) heart was lifted up in its height, and it set its top among the thick boughs..., aliens... will cut him off and cast him down... In the day when he went down to hell..., I covered the deep over him...(and) you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised... (Ezekiel 31:10-18)

...the foundations (of Egypt) shall be overthrown... ...the pride of her power shall come down... ...and shall be laid waste... her cities... in the midst of the desolate cities... I will set fire to Egypt..., and I will disperse Egypt among the nations, and scatter them throughout the lands. (Ezekiel 30:1ff.)

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help..., and do not look to the Holy One of Israel... For the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. (Isaiah 31:1, 3)

Egypt rises up like a flood... He says, "I will go up, I will cover the earth, (and) I will destroy... Come up, O horses, and rage, O chariots! ...The sword shall devour (you), and be... made drunk with blood...; there is no healing for you. (Jeremiah 46:2, 8-11)

How do you say to Pharaoh, "I am the son of the wise, and the son of ancient kings?" Where are your wise men now? ...let them know... The princes of Zoan have become fools...; they have led Egypt astray..., the cornerstone of (the) tribes... Neither will there be any work for Egypt, which may form the head or the tail... (Isaiah 19:1-17)

...prophesy against... Egypt..., O great whale who lie in the midst of your rivers. Because he said, "My river, and I have made myself," (therefore) I will put hooks in your jaws, and cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales... And I will leave you in the wilderness... Therefore... the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste. (Ezekiel 29:1-12)

And so on elsewhere, as in Isaiah 30:1, 2, 7; 2 Kings 18:21.

(Odkazy: 1 Kings 14:25-26; Deuteronomy 17:16; Ezekiel 16:26, 16:28-29, 23:2-33, Ezekiel 30, Ezekiel 31:10, 31:18; Hosea 7:11, 7:13, 7:16, Hosea 9:1, 9:3, 9:6, 11:5, Hosea 12:1; Jeremiah 2:17, 2:17-18, 2:28, 2:36, 42:13-18, 46:7-11; Joel 3:19; Lamentations 5:2, 5:4, 5:6, 5:8)


[4] Since the Egyptians became of such a character, therefore they were rendered desolate as regards all the goods and truths of the church. Their desolations are described by the miracles done there, which were plagues, and these symbolized the many lusts of the natural self divorced from the spiritual self, a natural self which acts only in accordance with its own intelligence and its conceit. The plagues symbolic of its lusts were these:

That the water in the river turned to blood so that the fish died and the river stank. (Exodus 7)

That the streams and ponds brought forth frogs upon the land of Egypt. That the dust of the ground turned into lice. That a swarm of noxious flying insects was sent. (Exodus 8)

[That a pestilence occurred so that the livestock of Egypt died.] That sores were caused to break out with pustules on man and beast. That a downpour of hail mixed with fire rained down. (Exodus 9)

That locusts were sent. That darkness occurred through all the land of Egypt. (Exodus 10).

That all the firstborn in the land of Egypt died. (Exodus 11,12)

And finally, that the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 14), which symbolizes hell.

To find what all these things symbolize specifically, see Arcana Coelestia (The Secrets of Heaven), published in London, where they are explained.

It is apparent from this what is symbolically meant by the plagues and diseases of Egypt in Deuteronomy 7:15; 28:60; what is symbolically meant by drowning in the river of Egypt in Amos 8:8; 9:5; and why it is that Egypt is called a land of bondage in Micah 6:4, the land of Ham in Psalms 106:22, and an iron furnace in Deuteronomy 4:20, 1 Kings 8:51.

(Odkazy: Psalms 105:27)


[5] The reason Egypt symbolizes both intelligence and irrationality in spiritual matters was that the Ancient Church, which extended through many kingdoms in Asia, existed also in Egypt, and at that time the Egyptians, more than any others, cultivated a study of the correspondences between spiritual and natural things, as is apparent from the hieroglyphs there. But when that study among them was turned into magic and became idolatrous, then their intelligence in spiritual matters became irrational. Egypt symbolizes this, therefore, in an opposite sense.

It can be seen from this what the great city means, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt.

(Odkazy: Genesis 41:41; Jeremiah 46:7-11; Revelation 11:8)

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