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Ezekiel 28:23

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23 And I will send into her pestilence, and blood in her streets: and they shall fall being slain by the sword on all sides in the midst thereof: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

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Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 151


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 7102


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Ezekiel 5:17, 21:14, 16, 30:4, 32:30

Word/Phrase Explanations

send
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

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

blood
The internal meaning of “blood” is a little tricky, because Swedenborg gives two meanings that seem quite different. In most cases, Swedenborg links blood with...

streets
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...

fall
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

slain
'The slain' when referring to the Lord, as in Revelation 5, means the separation of everything from the divine. In denial of His divinity, He...

sword
The three words, sword, famine and pestilence, appear in a group in 26 different Bible verses. That's not an accident. Sword, famine and pestilence describe...

sides
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

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...

know
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...

the Lord
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

lord
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...

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms #152

Inner Meaning: Prophets, Psalms (Schreck translation - updated)      

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152. Internal Meaning of Ezekiel, Chapter 29

1-3 Of the natural man who, in things Divine, trusts nothing but His knowledges [scientifica]. (2)

4-5 Such will pervert the truths of the church by applying their knowledges to falsities. (2, 1)

6-7 Because truths have been perverted in this manner, all power, which is of truth, has been destroyed in their case, (3, 16)

8-12 and all truth will be utterly devastated, until they will no longer have truth. (3)

13-16 Nevertheless something of a church will be established out of those who are natural and in knowledges [scientifica]. (11)

17-18 Reasonings from knowledges [scientifica] of the natural man will not destroy knowledges [cognitiones] of truth with them; (11)

19-20 but these will be destroyed by reasonings from the natural man with those who trust knowledges [scientifica] alone, and have perverted the truths of the church. (2)

21 Those who are of the church that the Lord will establish will have truths of doctrine. (11, 11)

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