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Hesekiel 13

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1 Und das Wort Jehovas geschah zu mir also:

2 Menschensohn, weissage über die Propheten Israels, die da weissagen, und sprich zu denen, welche aus ihrem Herzen weissagen: Höret das Wort Jehovas!

3 So spricht der Herr, Jehova: Wehe den törichten Propheten, welche ihrem eigenen Geiste nachgehen und dem, was sie nicht gesehen haben!

4 Wie Füchse in den Trümmern sind, Israel, deine Propheten geworden.

5 In die Risse seid ihr nicht getreten, und die Mauer habt ihr nicht vermauert um das Haus Israel her, um standzuhalten im Streit am Tage Jehovas.

6 Sie schauten Eitles und Lügenwahrsagung, die da sagen: "Spruch Jehovas!", obwohl Jehova sie nicht gesandt hat; und sie ließen hoffen, daß ihr Wort erfüllt würde.

7 Schautet ihr nicht ein eitles Gesicht, und sprachet ihr nicht Lügenwahrsagung, als ihr sagtet: "Spruch Jehovas!", und ich hatte doch nicht geredet?

8 Darum spricht der Herr, Jehova, also: Weil ihr Eitles redet und Lüge schauet, darum, siehe, will ich an euch, spricht der Herr, Jehova;

9 und meine Hand wird wider die Propheten sein, die Eitles schauen und Lüge wahrsagen. Im Rate meines Volkes sollen sie nicht stehen, und in das Buch des Hauses Israel nicht eingeschrieben werden, und in das Land Israel sollen sie nicht kommen. Und ihr werdet wissen, daß ich der Herr, Jehova, bin.

10 Darum, ja, darum daß sie mein Volk irreführen und sprechen: Friede! obwohl kein Friede da ist; und baut dieses eine Wand, siehe, sie bestreichen sie mit Tünche; -

11 sprich zu den Übertünchern: Sie soll fallen! Es kommt ein überschwemmender Regen; und ihr Hagelsteine, ihr werdet fallen, und ein Sturmwind wird losbrechen;

12 und siehe, die Mauer fällt. Wird man euch nicht sagen: Wo ist das Getünchte, das ihr getüncht habt? -

13 Darum, so spricht der Herr, Jehova: Ich will einen Sturmwind losbrechen lassen in meinem Grimm, und ein überschwemmender Regen wird kommen in meinem Zorn, und Hagelsteine im Grimm, zur Vernichtung.

14 Und ich will die Mauer abbrechen, die ihr mit Tünche bestrichen habt, und sie zur Erde niederwerfen, daß ihr Grund entblößt werde; und sie soll fallen, und ihr werdet in ihrer Mitte umkommen. Und ihr werdet wissen, daß ich Jehova bin.

15 Und so werde ich meinen Grimm vollenden an der Mauer und an denen, die sie mit Tünche bestreichen; und ich werde zu euch sagen: Die Mauer ist nicht mehr, und die sie tünchten, sind nicht mehr,

16 die Propheten Israels, welche über Jerusalem weissagen und für dasselbe Gesichte des Friedens schauen, obwohl kein Friede da ist, spricht der Herr, Jehova.

17 Und du, Menschensohn, richte dein Angesicht wider die Töchter deines Volkes, welche aus ihrem Herzen weissagen;

18 und weissage wider sie und sprich: So spricht der Herr, Jehova: Wehe denen, welche Binden zusammennähen über alle Gelenke der Hände und Kopfhüllen machen für Häupter jedes Wuchses, um Seelen zu fangen! Die Seelen meines Volkes fanget ihr, und eure Seelen erhaltet ihr am Leben?

19 Und ihr entheiliget mich bei meinem Volke für einige Hände voll Gerste und für einige Bissen Brotes, indem ihr Seelen tötet, die nicht sterben, und Seelen am Leben erhaltet, die nicht leben sollten; indem ihr mein Volk belüget, das auf Lügen hört? -

20 Darum spricht der Herr, Jehova, also: Siehe, ich will an eure Binden, mit welchen ihr fanget, will die Seelen wegfliegen lassen und sie von euren Armen wegreißen; und ich will die Seelen freilassen, die ihr fanget, die Seelen, daß sie wegfliegen.

21 Und ich werde eure Kopfhüllen zerreißen und mein Volk aus eurer Hand erretten, damit sie nicht mehr zur Beute werden in eurer Hand. Und ihr werdet wissen, daß ich Jehova bin.

22 Weil ihr das Herz des Gerechten mit Lüge kränket, da ich ihn doch nicht betrübt habe, und weil ihr die Hände des Gesetzlosen stärket, damit er von seinem bösen Wege nicht umkehre, um sein Leben zu erhalten:

23 darum sollt ihr nicht mehr Eitles schauen und nicht ferner Wahrsagerei treiben; und ich werde mein Volk aus eurer Hand erretten. Und ihr werdet wissen, daß ich Jehova bin.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 2534

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 136


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 304, 739, 1178, 1664, 2445, 2921, 3024, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 48, 208, 343, 399, 496, 500, 704, ...

Die Lehre vom Herrn 4, 28, 48

Wahre Christliche Religion 156, 322, 689


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 183, 186, 237, 365, 419, 503, 531, ...

Coronis oder Anhang zur Wahren Christlichen Religion 34, 58

Spiritual Experiences 245

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 19, 52, 99

Other New Christian Commentary

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'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

Propheten
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

Herzen
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spricht
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gesehen
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

Füchse
If man closes up the middle natural degree, which corresponds to the middle spiritual, he becomes, with respect to love, like a fox, and with...

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...

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...

Tage
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

sagen
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...

Lüge
When people lie or speak falsely in the Bible, It represents what Swedenborg calls "falsity of faith" and the resulting "evil of faith." This is...

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...

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

Wissen
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

baut
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.

Wand
'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...

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

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

jerusalem
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Töchter
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

Seelen
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sterben
'To slay' or 'to kill' in the Word, means destroying souls, which is spiritually killing.

hört
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Wege
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Matthaeus 7:27

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27 und der Platzregen fiel hernieder, und die Ströme kamen, und die Winde wehten und stießen an jenes Haus; und es fiel, und sein Fall war groß.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 34, 2371, 9282

Apocalypse Revealed 409, 496

Neuen Jerusalem und seiner himmlische Lehre 127


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 212, 250, 419, 518, 624, 644

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