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Ezekiel 23:15

Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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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,

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Haupterklärung(en) aus den Werken Swedenborgs:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 146

Weitere Verweise Swedenborgs zu diesem Kapitel:

Arcana Coelestia 1368, 2588, 4815, 8904, 9828, 10648

Apocalypse Revealed 350, 503, 601, 880

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

Doctrine of the Lord 64

Vita 79

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 433, 654, 1029

Word/Phrase Explanations

In a sense, the whole point of trying to accept the Lord and align ourselves with His love and His leading is so that we...

'Loins' in general, signify love, and when referring to the Lord, divine love. 'Loins' signify the interiors of conjugial love. Loins,' as in Isaiah 11:5,...

'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...

Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...

Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...

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




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Reconstruction of a Roman centurio - cingulum ( belt ), pugio ( dagger ) and gladius ( sword ), photo by Wolfgang Sauber

In a sense, the whole point of trying to accept the Lord and align ourselves with His love and His leading is so that we can express what is good in life – so we can actually do things in the world that benefit other people. These external acts are the lowest form of goodness, but are the culmination of the higher forms. And this has a bonding effect – a whole chain of desires for good and true ideas come together in the form of an external act, so that act serves to bring all those desires and ideas together.

This, the Writings tell us, is the internal meaning of girdles and belts in the Bible: They are good external goals that link the things in our hearts and minds into a state of cooperation and one-ness of purpose.

In most cases, girdles are used to cover the genitals. Since the genitals represent the love of marriage, these girdles represent the external good things that support marriage on all its levels: the marriage of husbands and wives, the marriage of what is good and what is true in each of us as individuals, and the ultimate marriage between each of us and the Lord.

Girdles can also serve to hold inner clothing together, with outergarments over it. This represents the separation between two external goals, and the internal things they include.

(Verweise: Apocalypse Revealed 46; Arcana Coelestia 216, 9828, 9944, 10005; The Apocalypse Explained 952)