The Bible

 

Hesekiel 35

German: Luther (1912)         

Study the Inner Meaning

← Previous   Next →

1 Und des HERRN Wort geschah zu mir und sprach:

2 Du Menschenkind, richte dein Angesicht wider das Gebirge Seir und weissage dawider,

3 und sprich zu ihm: So spricht der HERR HERR: Siehe, ich will an dich, du Berg Seir, und meine Hand wider dich ausstrecken und will dich gar wüst machen.

4 Ich will deine Städte öde machen, daß du sollst zur Wüste werden und erfahren, daß ich der HERR bin.

5 Darum daß ihr ewige Feindschaft tragt wider die Kinder Israel und triebet sie ins Schwert zur Zeit, da es ihnen übel ging und ihre Missetat zum Ende gekommen war,

6 darum, so wahr ich lebe, spricht der HERR HERR, will ich dich auch blutend machen, und du sollst dem Bluten nicht entrinnen; weil du Lust zum Blut hast, sollst du dem Bluten nicht entrinnen.

7 Und ich will den Berg Seir wüst und öde machen, daß niemand darauf wandeln noch gehen soll.

8 Und will sein Gebirge und alle Hügel, Täler und alle Gründe voll Toter machen, die durchs Schwert sollen erschlagen daliegen.

9 Ja, zu einer ewigen Wüste will ich dich machen, daß niemand in deinen Städten wohnen soll; und ihr sollt erfahren, daß ich der HERR bin.

10 Und darum daß du sprichst: Diese beiden Völker mit beiden Ländern müssen mein werden, und wir wollen sie einnehmen, obgleich der HERR da wohnt,

11 darum, so wahr ich lebe, spricht der HERR HERR, will ich nach deinem Zorn und Haß mit dir umgehen, wie du mit ihnen umgegangen bist aus lauter Haß, und ich will bei ihnen bekannt werden, wenn ich dich gestraft habe.

12 Und du sollst erfahren, daß ich, der HERR, all dein Lästern gehört habe, so du geredet hast wider die Berge Israels und gesagt: "Sie sind verwüstet und uns zu verderben gegeben."

13 Und ihr habt euch wider mich gerühmt und heftig wider mich geredet; das habe ich gehört.

14 So spricht nun der HERR HERR: Ich will dich zur Wüste machen, daß sich alles Land freuen soll.

15 Und wie du dich gefreut hast über das Erbe des Hauses Israel, darum daß es wüst geworden, ebenso will ich mit dir tun, daß der Berg Seir wüst sein muß samt dem ganzen Edom; und sie sollen erfahren, daß ich der HERR bin.

← Previous   Next →

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 158


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1066, 3322, 4240, 7673

Die Lehre vom Herrn 28


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Coronis oder Anhang zur Wahren Christlichen Religion 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 52, 53

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


  Bible Study Videos:


Hop to Similar Bible Verses

4 Mose 12:2, 35:34

5 Mose 2:5

Psalm 74:18, 79:12, 83:13, 94:9, 109:17, 137:7

Jesaja 14:7, 21:11, 34:5, 37:27, 29

Jeremia 49:7

Klagelieder 4:21

Hesekiel 6:14, 25:6, 12, 32:5, 6, 36:2, 5, 48:35

Amos 1:11

Obadja 1

Zephanja 2:8

Maleachi 1:3

Jakobus 2:13

Offenbarung 16:6

Word/Phrase Explanations

wort
'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...

seir
'Seir,' as in Genesis 33:14, signifies the conjunction of spiritual and celestial things in the natural level, that is, the truth of faith with the...

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...

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...

ausstrecken
The hand in the Bible represents power, which is easy to understand, so to reach out or stretch out the hand means to exercise power,...

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

Kinder
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

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...

Zeit
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

missetat
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...

Blut
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

Machen
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.

Hügel
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

Voll
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

erschlagen
'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...

Zorn
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

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

gehört
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...

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...

uns
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

gegeben
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

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

Erbe
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

Edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

Commentary

 

Time      

← Previous   Next →

Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of space: There is no space in heaven. This is hard for us to grasp or even visualize, because we live in physical bodies with physical senses that are filled with physical elements existing in time and space. So our minds are schooled and patterned in terms of time and space, and have no reference point to imagine a reality without them.

But consider your mind, your consciousness. In your mind you can immediately be in your past or in some speculative future; in your mind you can circle the globe seeing other lands and faraway friends, or even zoom instantly to the most distant stars. Such imaginings are insubstantial, of course, but if we could make them real we would be getting close to what spiritual reality is like. Indeed, the Writings describe the mind as a spiritual organ, which may be why physicians and philosophers have had such a hard time juxtaposing its functions to those of the brain.

What this means in the Bible is that descriptions of time - hours, days, weeks, months, years and even simply the word "time" itself - represent spiritual states, and the passing of time represents the change of spiritual states. Again, we can see this a little bit within our minds. If we imagine talking to one friend then talking to another, it feels like going from one place to another, even though we're not moving. The same is true if we picture a moment from childhood and then imagine something in the future; it feels like a movement through time even though it's instantaneous. Changing our state of mind feels like a physical change in space and time. The Bible simply reverses that, with marking points in space and time representing particular states of mind.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 476; Arcana Coelestia 2199; Divine Love and Wisdom 73; The Apocalypse Explained 610, 761)


Translate: