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Hesekiel 9

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1 Und er rief vor meinen Ohren mit lauter Stimme und sprach: Nahet euch, ihr Aufseher der Stadt, ein jeder mit seinem Werkzeug der Zerstörung in seiner Hand!

2 Und siehe, sechs Männer kamen des Weges vom oberen Tore, welches gegen Norden sieht, ein jeder mit seinem Werkzeug zum Zerschlagen in seiner Hand; und ein Mann war in ihrer Mitte, in Linnen gekleidet, mit einem Schreibzeug an seiner Hüfte; und sie kamen und stellten sich neben den ehernen Altar. -

3 Und die Herrlichkeit des Gottes Israels erhob sich von dem Cherub, über welchem sie war, zu der Schwelle des Hauses hin. Und er rief dem in Linnen gekleideten Manne, der das Schreibzeug an seiner Hüfte hatte,

4 und Jehova sprach zu ihm: Gehe mitten durch die Stadt, mitten durch Jerusalem, und mache ein Zeichen (Eig. zeichne ein T.) an die Stirnen der Leute, welche seufzen und jammern über all die Greuel, die in ihrer Mitte geschehen.

5 Und zu jenen sprach er vor meinen Ohren: Gehet hinter ihm her durch die Stadt und schlaget; euer Auge schone nicht, und erbarmet euch nicht.

6 Mordet bis zur Vertilgung (O. Mordet zur Vertilgung) Greise, Jünglinge und Jungfrauen und Kinder und Weiber! aber nahet euch niemandem, an welchem das Zeichen ist; und bei meinem Heiligtum sollt ihr anfangen. Und sie fingen an bei den alten Männern, welche vor dem Hause (d. h. dem Tempel) waren. -

7 Und er sprach zu ihnen: Verunreiniget das Haus und füllet die Vorhöfe mit Erschlagenen; gehet hinaus! Und sie gingen hinaus und schlugen in der Stadt.

8 Und es geschah, als sie schlugen, und ich allein übrigblieb, da fiel ich nieder auf mein Angesicht und schrie und sprach: Ach, Herr, Jehova! willst du den ganzen Überrest Israels verderben, indem du deinen Grimm über Jerusalem ausgießest?

9 Und er sprach zu mir: Die Schuld (O. Ungerechtigkeit, Missetat) des Hauses Israel und Juda ist über die Maßen groß, und das Land ist mit Gewalttat erfüllt, und die Stadt ist voll Beugung des echts; denn sie sagen: Jehova hat das Land verlassen, und Jehova sieht uns nicht!

10 So auch ich, -mein Auge soll nicht schonen, und ich werde mich nicht erbarmen; ihren Weg will ich auf ihren Kopf bringen.

11 Und siehe, der in Linnen gekleidete Mann, welcher das Schreibzeug an seiner Hüfte hatte, brachte Antwort und sprach: Ich habe getan, wie du mir geboten hast.

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Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 9457

Coronis oder Anhang zur Wahren Christlichen Religion 56

Die Lehre des neuen Jerusalem von der Heiligen Schrift 97

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 132


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 308, 396, 737, 2242, 4503, 5608, 6588, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 239, 325, 347, 440, 620, 629, 671

Die Lehre vom Herrn 39

Wahre Christliche Religion 93, 260


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 270, 315, 427, 555, 577, 838, 863, ...

Marriage 93

Scriptural Confirmations 19, 99

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Stimme
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

sprach
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...

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

hand
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

sechs
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...

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

Tore
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...

Norden
'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...

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

Mitte
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

altar
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...

gottes
Der Herr ist die Liebe selbst, ausgedrückt in der Form der Weisheit selbst. Die Liebe ist also sein Wesen, sein Innerstes. Die Weisheit - das...

israels
'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...

Cherub
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...

Jehova
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...

jerusalem
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

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

Auge
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

Jungfrauen
'Virgins,' as in Revelation 14:4, signify people who love truths because they are truths, so from a spiritual affection. 'Virgin' signifies the church as a...

Alten
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.

Vor
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

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

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

herr
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...

ungerechtigkeit
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

missetat
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

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...

juda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

groß
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

Land
"Erde" kann in der Bibel eine Person oder eine Gruppe von Gleichgesinnten wie in einer Kirche bedeuten. Aber sie bezieht sich speziell auf das Äußere...

erfüllt
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Voll
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sagen
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sieht
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Weg
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Kopf
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geboten
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Jeremia 25:29

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29 Denn siehe, bei der Stadt, welche nach meinem Namen genannt ist, beginne ich Übles zu tun (O. zu verderben, zu vernichten,) und ihr solltet etwa ungestraft bleiben? Ihr werdet nicht ungestraft bleiben; denn ich rufe das Schwert über alle Bewohner der Erde, spricht Jehova der Heerscharen.

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der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 91


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 662, 7051, 7192

Die Lehre vom Herrn 53

Wahre Christliche Religion 158


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 601

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Stadt
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Namen
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Erde
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schwert
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

spricht
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...

jehova
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...

heerscharen
Armies of the heavens and the sands of the sea ('Jeremiah 33:15-22') signify the knowledges of truth and good in the spiritual and natural ma{ign21}

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Apocalypse Revealed #620

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620. 14:4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. This symbolically means that they did not adulterate the church's truths or defile them with the falsities of their faith, but loved the truths because they are true.

A woman symbolizes the church from an affection for truth, and so in an opposite sense the church from an affection for falsity, as may be seen in nos. 434, 533 above - here the church from an affection for truth, because we are told that they were not defiled with women. Being defiled with women has the same symbolic meaning as committing adultery and behaving licentiously. To commit adultery and behave licentiously means, symbolically, to adulterate and falsify the Word, as may be seen in no. 134 above.

For they are virgins means, symbolically, because they have loved truths because they are true, thus loving them from a spiritual affection. These are meant by virgins because a virgin symbolizes the church as a bride who desires to be conjoined with the Lord and to become a wife; and a church that desires to be conjoined with the Lord loves truths because they are true. For truths bring about conjunction when people live in accordance with them.

That is why Israel, Zion and Jerusalem are called in the Word virgins and daughters; for Israel, Zion and Jerusalem symbolize the church.

[2] People in the Lord's church who are of such a character are all meant by virgins, whether they are maidens or youths, wives or husbands, boys or old men, girls or old ladies, and this can be seen from places in the Word where virgins are mentioned, such as the virgin of Israel (Jeremiah 18:13; 31:4, 21, Amos 5:2, Joel 1:8); the virgin daughter of Judah (Lamentations 1:15); the virgin daughter of Zion (2 Kings 19:21, Isaiah 37:22, Lamentations 1:4; 2:13); the virgins of Jerusalem (Lamentations 2:10); the virgin of My people (Jeremiah 14:17).

For that reason the Lord likened the church to ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and we read in Jeremiah:

...I will build you, that you may be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again... go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. (Jeremiah 31:4, 13)

And in the book of Psalms:

They have seen Your goings, O God, the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary..., in the midst of maidens playing timbrels. (Psalms 68:24-25)

And elsewhere:

Kings' daughters are among Your precious ones; at Your right hand stands the queen in pure gold from Ophir.

Listen, O daughter, and see... The King will delight in your beauty... The daughter of Tyre also will bring a gift; the rich among the people will appease Your face.

The King's daughter is all precious within; her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in embroidered garments. The virgins after her, her companions, shall come... into the palace of the King. (Psalms 45:9-15)

The King there means the Lord; the queen the church as a wife; and the daughters and virgins affections for goodness and truth.

(References: Matthew 25:1)


[3] Similar affections are symbolically meant by virgins elsewhere in the Word in places where young men are mentioned at the same time, because young men symbolize truths, and virgins affections for those truths. For instance, in the following places:

Behold, the days are coming... that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah... In that day the fair virgins and young men shall faint from thirst. (Amos 8:11, 13)

Be ashamed, O Sidon; ...the sea has said..., "I have not travailed or given birth; neither have I reared young men or brought up virgins." (Isaiah 33:4)

The Lord trampled a winepress for the virgin daughter of Zion... Behold my sorrow; the virgins and the young men have gone into captivity. (Lamentations 1:4, 15, 18)

...how great is His goodness, and how great His beauty! Grain shall make the young men grow up, and new wine the young women. (Zechariah 9:17)

The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in My streets. (Zechariah 8:5)

They sit on the ground..., the virgins of Jerusalem... To what shall I liken you..., O virgin daughter of Zion... ...They lay... in the streets..., My virgins and My young men... (Lamentations 2:10, 13, 21)

And so on elsewhere, as in Jeremiah 51:20-23, Lamentations 5:11, 13, 14, Ezekiel 9:4, 6, Psalms 78:62-64, Deuteronomy 32:25.

(References: Isaiah 23:4; Lamentations 5:10-12)

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