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Ézéchiel 41

French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Il me conduisit dans le temple. Il mesura les poteaux; il y avait six coudées de largeur d'un côté, et six coudées de largeur de l'autre, largeur de la tente.

2 La largeur de la porte était de dix coudées; il y avait cinq coudées d'un côté de la porte, et cinq coudées de l'autre. Il mesura la longueur du temple, quarante coudées, et la largeur, vingt coudées.

3 Puis il entra dans l'intérieur. Il mesura les poteaux de la porte, deux coudées, la porte, six coudées, et la largeur de la porte, sept coudées.

4 Il mesura une longueur de vingt coudées, et une largeur de vingt coudées, sur le devant du temple; et il me dit: C'est ici le lieu très saint.

5 Il mesura le mur de la maison, six coudées, et la largeur des chambres latérales tout autour de la maison, quatre coudées.

6 Les chambres latérales étaient les unes à côté des autres, au nombre de trente, et il y avait trois étages; elles entraient dans un mur construit pour ces chambres tout autour de la maison, elles y étaient appuyées sans entrer dans le mur même de la maison.

7 Les chambres occupaient plus d'espace, à mesure qu'elles s'élevaient, et l'on allait en tournant; car on montait autour de la maison par un escalier tournant. Il y avait ainsi plus d'espace dans le haut de la maison, et l'on montait de l'étage inférieur à l'étage supérieur par celui du milieu.

8 Je considérai la hauteur autour de la maison. Les chambres latérales, à partir de leur fondement, avaient une canne pleine, six grandes coudées.

9 Le mur extérieur des chambres latérales avait une épaisseur de cinq coudées. L'espace libre entre les chambres latérales de la maison

10 et les chambres autour de la maison, avait une largeur de vingt coudées, tout autour.

11 L'entrée des chambres latérales donnait sur l'espace libre, une entrée au septentrion, et une entrée au midi; et la largeur de l'espace libre était de cinq coudées tout autour.

12 Le bâtiment qui était devant la place vide, du côté de l'occident, avait une largeur de soixante-dix coudées, un mur de cinq coudées d'épaisseur tout autour, et une longueur de quatre-vingt-dix coudées.

13 Il mesura la maison, qui avait cent coudées de longueur. La place vide, le bâtiment et ses murs, avaient une longueur de cent coudées.

14 La largeur de la face de la maison et de la place vide, du côté de l'orient, était de cent coudées.

15 Il mesura la longueur du bâtiment devant la place vide, sur le derrière, et ses galeries de chaque côté: il y avait cent coudées. Le temple intérieur, les vestibules extérieurs,

16 les seuils, les fenêtres grillées, les galeries du pourtour aux trois étages, en face des seuils, étaient recouverts de bois tout autour. Depuis le sol jusqu'aux fenêtres fermées,

17 jusqu'au-dessus de la porte, le dedans de la maison, le dehors, toute la muraille du pourtour, à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur, tout était d'après la mesure,

18 et orné de chérubins et de palmes. Il y avait une palme entre deux chérubins. Chaque chérubin avait deux visages,

19 une face d'homme tournée d'un côté vers la palme, et une face de lion tournée de l'autre côté vers l'autre palme; il en était ainsi tout autour de la maison.

20 Depuis le sol jusqu'au-dessus de la porte, il y avait des chérubins et des palmes, et aussi sur la muraille du temple.

21 Les poteaux du temple étaient carrés, et la face du sanctuaire avait le même aspect.

22 L'autel était de bois, haut de trois coudées, et long de deux coudées. Ses angles, ses pieds, et ses côtés étaient de bois. L'homme me dit: C'est ici la table qui est devant l'Eternel.

23 Le temple et le sanctuaire avaient deux portes.

24 Il y avait aux portes deux battants, qui tous deux tournaient sur les portes, deux battants pour une porte et deux pour l'autre.

25 Des chérubins et des palmes étaient sculptés sur les portes du temple, comme sur les murs. Un entablement en bois était sur le front du vestibule en dehors.

26 Il y avait des fenêtres fermées, et il y avait des palmes de part et d'autre, ainsi qu'aux côtés du vestibule, aux chambres latérales de la maison, et aux entablements.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcanes Célestes 648

L’Apocalypse Révélée 861, 945

L'Amour Conjugal 26

La Divine Providence 134

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 52

Du Ciel et de L'Enfer 171

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 164


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 3391, 3708, 3858, 4482, 5291, 6367, 7847, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 36, 191, 239, 367, 486, 904

La Doctrine de l'Écriture Sainte 97

Du Ciel et de L'Enfer 197

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 260


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 208, 220, 277, 391, 417, 458, 627, ...

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 53

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Word/Phrase Explanations

temple
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...

six
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

côté
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

tente
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...

Porte
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...

Dix
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

Cinq
Five also signifies all things of one part.

Longueur
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.

quarante
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...

vingt
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...

deux
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

Sept
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

dit
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...

Saint
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...

mur
'A wall' signifies truth in outer extremes. 'A wall,' as in Revelation 21, signifies the divine truth proceeding from the Lord, and so, the truth...

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

autour
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.

quatre
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

trente
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...

Trois
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

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

canne
'A reed' or 'cane' signifies feeble power, like a person has from himself.

entrée
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...

septentrion
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...

midi
'South' denotes truth in light.

l'occident
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,...

cent
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...

derrière
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

les fenêtres
'Window' signifies truth in the light.

fenêtres
'Window' signifies truth in the light.

bois
'Wood' signifies good, as well the good of love to the Lord as the good of charity towards our neighbor.

sol
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

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

Chérubin
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...

chérubins
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...

visages
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

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

autel
Le premier autel mentionné dans le Verbe a été construit par Noé après sa sortie de l'arche. Sur cet autel, il a sacrifié des animaux...

côtés
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

table
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...

l'eternel
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...

Commentary

 

Two      

By New Christian Bible Study Staff

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The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible.

In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see if we consider the conflicts we tend to have between our "hearts" and our "heads" – between what we want and what we know. Our "hearts" tell us that we want pie with ice cream for dinner; our "heads" tell us we should have grilled chicken and salad. If we can bring those two together and actually want what's good for us, we'll be pretty happy.

We're built that way – with our emotions balanced against our intellect – because the Lord is built that way. His essence is love itself, or Divine Love, the source of all caring, emotion and energy. It is expressed as Divine Wisdom, which gives form to that love and puts it to work, and is the source of all knowledge and reasoning. In His case the two aspects are always in conjunction, always in harmony.

It's easy also to see how that duality is reflected throughout creation: plants and animals, food and drink, silver and gold. Most importantly, it's reflected in the two genders, with women representing love and men representing wisdom. That's the underlying reason why conjunction in marriage is such a holy thing.

So when "two" is used in the Bible to indicate some sort of pairing or unity, it means a joining together.

In rare cases, however, "two" is used more purely as a number. In these cases it stands for a profane or unholy state that comes before a holy one. This is because "three" represents a state of holiness and completion (Jesus, for instance, rase from the tomb on the third day), and "two" represents the state just before it.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 720, 747, 900, 1686, 5194)

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John 2:16

English: King James Version         

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16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

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Explanation of John 2      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Explaining the Inner Meaning of John 2

Verses 2:1, 2. That in the fullness of time the church was established amongst the Gentiles, through the affection of good, and a desire thus kindled to attain conjunction with the divine good in the Lord's Divine Humanity, and with all the holy truths thence derived.

Verse 2:3. That on this occasion it is perceived by the affection of good, that there is no longer any interior truth in the church, and application is accordingly made to the divine truth for the restoration of such truth.

Verse 2:4. But this application is not immediately granted, because the church was not yet in a state to receive interior truth.

Verse 2:5. Therefore, in order to induce such a state, it is dictated by the affection of good to all the lower principles of the natural mind, to submit themselves to the control and government of the divine truth, in the Lord's Divine Humanity.

Verses 2:6, 7. And at the same time it is required of the divine truth, that those things of the word, which are representative of divine things, should be regarded as containing in them all the divine and spiritual truths of heaven and the church.

Verse 2:8. And that instruction should be given from the Word, according to this idea of its contents, to all those who are principled in the knowledges of truth.

Verses 2:9, 10. But when they, who were so principled, perceived internal truth in external, they perceived at the same time that every church commences from truths derived from good, but closes in truths not of good, on which occasion genuine truth is again opened by the Lord.

Verse 2:11. Which opening of genuine truth is of the divine operation, to the intent that mankind, being enlightened by the spiritual or internal sense of the Holy Word, may be led to acknowledge the Lord in his Divine Humanity.

Verse 2:12. That after this opening of genuine truth, the church is brought into a state of consolation and refreshment.

Verses 2:13, 14, 15, 16. That the Lord initiated his Human [principle] into representative worship and the doctrine of the church, and at the same time purified that worship by teaching, that all natural, spiritual, and celestial affections, together with the knowledges of what is good and true, were not to be confounded with divine things, but to be seen and kept distinct from the divine source from which they flowed.

Verse 2:17. Thus teaching in agreement with the Word, from the ardency of his divine love.

Verses 2:18, 19, 20, 21. That the glorification of the Lord's Humanity is the grand confirming testimony of the truth of all that he said and did, and thus of his being the divine truth itself, which is God.

Verse 2:22. Because this glorification is treated of in the Word throughout, and from it the Word derives its sanctity, and inspires man with a principle of heavenly faith.

Verses 2:23, 24, 25. That a miraculous faith prevailed in the church, or a faith grounded in the evidence of miracles more than in the affection of good and truth, which faith therefore is not receptive of good and truth from the Lord, who scrutinizes by his divine truth all the qualities and characters of man's faith.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Apocalypse Revealed 598


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 220, 706

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

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...

make
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...

merchandise
'Merchandise' signifies the knowledges of good.

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