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Yechezchial 9

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1 ויקרא באזני קול גדול לאמר קרבו פקדות העיר ואיש כלי משחתו בידו׃

2 והנה ששה אנשים באים מדרך שער העליון אשר מפנה צפונה ואיש כלי מפצו בידו ואיש אחד בתוכם לבש בדים וקסת הספר במתניו ויבאו ויעמדו אצל מזבח הנחשת׃

3 וכבוד אלהי ישראל נעלה מעל הכרוב אשר היה עליו אל מפתן הבית ויקרא אל האיש הלבש הבדים אשר קסת הספר במתניו׃

4 ויאמר יהוה אלו עבר בתוך העיר בתוך ירושלם והתוית תו על מצחות האנשים הנאנחים והנאנקים על כל התועבות הנעשות בתוכה׃

5 ולאלה אמר באזני עברו בעיר אחריו והכו על תחס עיניכם ואל תחמלו׃

6 זקן בחור ובתולה וטף ונשים תהרגו למשחית ועל כל איש אשר עליו התו אל תגשו וממקדשי תחלו ויחלו באנשים הזקנים אשר לפני הבית׃

7 ויאמר אליהם טמאו את הבית ומלאו את החצרות חללים צאו ויצאו והכו בעיר׃

8 ויהי כהכותם ונאשאר אני ואפלה על פני ואזעק ואמר אהה אדני יהוה המשחית אתה את כל שארית ישראל בשפכך את חמתך על ירושלם׃

9 ויאמר אלי עון בית ישראל ויהודה גדול במאד מאד ותמלא הארץ דמים והעיר מלאה מטה כי אמרו עזב יהוה את הארץ ואין יהוה ראה׃

10 וגם אני לא תחוס עיני ולא אחמל דרכם בראשם נתתי׃

11 והנה האיש לבש הבדים אשר הקסת במתניו משיב דבר לאמר עשיתי כאשר צויתני׃

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Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 9457

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Sacred Scripture 97

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 132

Other references to this chapter:

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

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

The Lord 39

True Christian Religion 93, 260

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

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

Marriage 93

Scriptural Confirmations 19, 99

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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Apocalypse Revealed #629

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629. "And give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come." This symbolizes an acknowledgment and confession that all the Word's truth which makes the church a church comes from the Lord, and that everyone will be judged in accordance with it.

To give glory to Him means, symbolically, to acknowledge and confess that every truth comes from the Lord, as may be seen in no. 249 above; and because every truth that makes the church a church is drawn from the Word, it is the Word's truth that is meant. "For the hour of His judgment has come" means symbolically that everyone will be judged in accordance with the Word's truth. This is the symbolic meaning because to give glory to Him means, symbolically, to acknowledge and confess that the Word's truth all comes from the Lord, and we are told next, "for the hour of His judgment has come," the word "for" entailing this as the cause.

That everyone will be judged by the Word's truth may be seen in 233, 273 above. And that the church is founded on the Word, and that its character is such as its understanding of the Word, may be seen in The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture, nos. 76-79.

It is apparent from this that the spiritual meaning of these words is as stated. It is as stated because angels in heaven perceive glory to mean nothing else than Divine truth; and because all Divine truth comes from the Lord, they perceive giving glory to Him to mean an acknowledgment and confession that all truth comes from Him. For all glory in the heavens springs from no other origin, and to the extent that any society in heaven is governed by Divine truth, to the same extent everything in it is radiant, and the angels are surrounded by a commensurate glorious radiance.

(References: Revelation 14:7; Teachings about the Sacred Scripture 76-79)

[2] That glory means Divine truth can be seen from the following passages:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of Jehovah... The glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it...." (Isaiah 40:3, 5)

...shine, for your light has come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon you... Jehovah will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1-2 to the end)

I will... give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles..., and My glory I will not give to another... (Isaiah 42:6, 8)

For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it... And I will not give My glory to another. (Isaiah 48:11)

They shall fear... His glory from the rising of the sun... The Redeemer will come to Zion... (Isaiah 59:19-20)

...your light shall break forth like the morning...; the glory of Jehovah shall gather you. (Isaiah 58:8)

...He will come to gather all nations and tongues, that they may... see My glory. (Isaiah 66:18)

(Jehovah said,) "I live, and all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Jehovah." (Numbers 14:21)

The whole earth is full of His glory! (Isaiah 6:1-3)

In the beginning was the Word..., and the Word was God... In Him was life, and the life was the light of men... That was the true Light... And the Word became flesh..., and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father... (John 1:1, 4, 9, 14)

These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory... (John 12:41)

And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with... glory. (Matthew 24:3, 30)

The heavens shall declare the glory of God... (Psalms 19:1)

Then the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth Your glory, because (He) built up Zion, (and) He appeared in His glory. (Psalms 102:15-16)

...the glory of God (will illuminate the Holy Jerusalem) and the Lamb is its light. And the nations (which) are saved shall walk in its light... (Revelation 21:23-25)

...the Son of Man (will come) in His glory...(to) sit on the throne of His glory. (Matthew 25:31, cf. Mark 8:38)

That the glory of Jehovah filled and covered the Tabernacle: Exodus 40:34-35, Numbers 14:10-12; 16:19; 16:42.

That it filled the house of Jehovah: 1 Kings 8:10-11.

And so on elsewhere as in Isaiah 24:23; Ezekiel 1:28; 8:4; 9:3; 10:4, 18-19; 11:22-23; Luke 2:32; 9:26; John 2:11; 7:18; 17:24.

(References: Isaiah 6:3, 60; Leviticus 9:23-24; Revelation 14:7, Revelation 21:23-24)

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Apocalypse Revealed 249, 612, 674, 754, 804, 812, 897, 919, 921

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Apocalypse Revealed #921

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921. And the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor into it. This symbolically means that all those people who possess truths of wisdom springing from spiritual goodness will in the New Church confess the Lord and attribute to Him all the truth and all the goodness that they possess.

Kings of the earth symbolize people governed by truths that spring from a goodness received from the Lord (nos. 20, 854). Here, therefore, they are people impelled by truths of wisdom springing from the goodness of a spiritual love, because nations are mentioned first, which symbolize people impelled by the goodness of a celestial love, as described in the previous number. To bring their glory and honor into the city, or into the New Jerusalem, means, symbolically, to confess the Lord and attribute to Him all the truth and goodness that they possess. That this is the symbolic meaning of bringing or giving glory and honor, see nos. 249, 629, 693. For glory is mentioned in reference to the Lord's Divine truth, and honor in reference to His Divine goodness (no. 249).

Nations and kings have the same symbolic meaning as nations and peoples, as explained in no. 483 above, nations symbolizing people impelled by the goodness of love, and peoples those who are impelled by truths of wisdom. The same is the case also in an opposite sense. Consequently nations and kings are mentioned as frequently in the Word as nations and peoples, as in the following places:

All kings shall prostrate themselves before Him, and all nations shall serve Him. (Psalms 72:11)

You shall suck the milk of nations, and suck the nipples of kings. (Isaiah 60:16)

...many nations and great kings shall make them serve... (Jeremiah 25:14)

The Lord at Your right hand shall smite kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations... (Psalms 110:5-6)

And so on elsewhere.

(References: Revelation 21:24)

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Apocalypse Revealed 365, 483, 876, 923

True Christian Religion 197

Thanks to the General Church of the New Jerusalem for the permission to use this translation.