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Ezékiel 12

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1 És lõn az Úrnak szava énhozzám, mondván:

2 Embernek fia! pártos ház közepette lakol, kiknek szemeik vannak a látásra, de nem látnak, füleik vannak a hallásra, de nem hallanak, mert õk pártos ház.

3 És te, embernek fia, készíts magadnak vándorútra való eszközöket, és vándorolj ki nappal szemeik elõtt, és vándorolj ki helyedrõl más helyre szemök láttára; talán meglátják! mert õk pártos ház.

4 És vidd ki eszközeidet, úgy, mint vándorútra való eszközöket, nappal szemök láttára, te pedig menj ki estve szemök láttára, úgy a hogy a vándorok szoktak.

5 Szemök láttára lyukaszd át a falat, és azon át vidd ki.

6 Szemök láttára emeld válladra, a sötétben vidd ki, orczádat fedd be, hogy ne lásd a földet, mert csodajelül rendeltelek az Izráel házának.

7 Úgy cselekedtem azért, a mint parancsolva vala nékem; eszközeimet kihordám nappal, mint vándorútra való eszközöket, és este átlyukasztám a falat kezemmel; a sötétben kivivém, vállamra emelém szemök láttára.

8 És lõn az Úr beszéde én hozzám reggel, mondván:

9 Embernek fia! Nem mondta-é néked Izráel háza, ez a pártos ház: mit cselekszel?

10 Mondjad nékik: Így szól az Úr Isten: a fejedelemnek szól ez a próféczia, ki Jeruzsálemben van, és Izráel egész házának, a mely ott lakozik.

11 Mondjad: Én csodajeletek vagyok; a mint én cselekedtem, úgy történik velök: fogságba, rabságra mennek.

12 És a fejedelem, ki közöttök van, vállát megrakván a sötétben, kimegyen; a falat átlyukasztják, hogy így vigyék ki õt, orczáit befedi, hogy ne lássa szemeivel [épen] õ a földet.

13 És kiterjesztem hálómat ellene, és megfogatik varsámban, és elviszem õt Bábelbe a Káldeusok földére, de azt nem fogja látni, és ott fog meghalni.

14 És mindeneket, kik körülte vannak az õ segítségére, és minden seregeit szélnek szórom mindenfelé, és kardot vonok utánok.

15 És megtudják, hogy én vagyok az Úr, mikor eloszlatom õket a pogányok közé, és szétszórom õket a tartományokba.

16 De meghagyok közülök kevés férfiakat a fegyvertõl, éhségtõl s döghaláltól, hogy elbeszéljék minden útálatosságukat a pogányok közt, a kik közé mennek, s hogy megtudják, hogy én vagyok az Úr.

17 És lõn az Úr beszéde hozzám, mondván:

18 Embernek fia! kenyeredet rettegéssel egyed, és vizedet reszketéssel és félelemmel igyad.

19 És szólj a föld népének: Ezt mondja az Úr Isten Jeruzsálem lakóiról, Izráel földjérõl: kenyeröket félelemmel eszik és vizöket ájulással iszszák, hogy pusztaságra [vetkõzzék] földje bõségébõl minden lakói álnoksága miatt.

20 És a lakott városok elpusztulnak s a föld pusztaság lesz és megtudjátok, hogy én vagyok az Úr.

21 És lõn az Úr beszéde hozzám, mondván:

22 Embernek fia! micsoda közmondástok van néktek Izráel földjén? hogy azt mondják: a napok csak haladnak, ám semmivé lesz minden látás.

23 Ezokért mondd nékik: Ezt mondja az Úr Isten: Megszüntetem e közmondást és nem mondogatják azt többé Izráelben, sõt inkább mondd nékik: elközelgettek a napok, és minden látás teljesül.

24 Mert nem lesz többé semmi hiábavaló látás és hizelgõ jövendölgetés Izráel házának közepette.

25 Mert én szólok, az Úr; s a mely szót szólok, meglészen, nem halad tovább. Mert a ti napjaitokban, pártos ház, szólok egy szót és megcselekszem, ezt mondja az Úr Isten!

26 És lõn az Úr beszéde hozzám, mondván:

27 Embernek fia! ímé, Izráel háza ezt mondja: A látás, melyet ez lát, sok napra való, és messze idõkre prófétál õ.

28 Ezokért mondjad nékik: Így szól az Úr Isten: Nem halad tovább semmi én beszédem; a mit szólok, az a szó meglészen, ezt mondja az Úr Isten.

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 135


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 212, 623, 897, 1664, 2921, 2928, 3863, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 48, 50, 350, 591, 880

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

The Lord 4, 15, 16, 28, 64

True Christian Religion 130, 782


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 63, 71, 108, 152, 260, 304, 419, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 52

Other New Christian Commentary

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ház
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Este
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úr
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reggel
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

szól
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...

káldeusok
Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...

pogányok
'The time of the heathen,' as mentioned in Ezekiel 30:3, signifies the heathen, or wickedness.

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

mondja
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Jeruzsálem
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...

lakói
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

eszik
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

lakott
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Városok
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napok
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látás
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lát
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sok
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Apocalypse Revealed #350

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350. Of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed. (7:5) This symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord, and this in all those people who will be in the Lord's New Heaven and New Church.

In the highest sense Judah symbolizes the Lord in relation to celestial love; in the spiritual sense, the Lord's celestial kingdom and the Word; and in the natural sense, the doctrine of a celestial church drawn from the Word. Here, however, Judah symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord; and because it is named first in the series, it symbolizes that love in all those people who will be in the New Heaven and in the Lord's New Church. For the tribe named first is everything in the rest, being to them as though their head and serving as a universal property entering into all those that follow, tying them together, qualifying them and affecting them. This property is love toward the Lord.

To be shown that twelve thousand symbolizes all who possess that love, see no. 348 above.

(References: Matthew 12:39)


[2] People know that after the death of Solomon the twelve tribes of Israel were divided into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Judah and the kingdom of Israel. The kingdom of Judah represented the celestial kingdom or the Lord's priestly kingdom, while the kingdom of Israel represented the spiritual kingdom or the Lord's royal kingdom. But the latter was destroyed when the people had nothing spiritual left in them, whereas the kingdom of Judah was preserved, for the sake of the Word, and because the Lord would be born there. However, when the people adulterated the Word completely, and thus could not recognize the Lord, then their kingdom was destroyed.

It can be seen from this that the tribe of Judah symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord. But because the people were of the character they were with respect to the Word and with respect to the Lord, the tribe of Judah symbolizes also the opposite love, which is love of self - properly speaking, a love of dominating springing from a love of self - a love which we call diabolical love.

[3] The fact that Judah and his tribe symbolize the celestial kingdom and its love, which is love toward the Lord, follows from these passages:

Judah, your brothers shall praise you... The scepter shall not be taken from Judah... until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding his donkey's foal to the vine, his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he washes his garment in wine... His eyes are redder than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk. (Genesis 49:8-12)

...David shall be their prince forever, and I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them..., and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. (Ezekiel 37:25-26)

Exult and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! ...Jehovah will make Judah an inheritance for Himself, His portion on the holy land. (Zechariah 2:10-12)

O Judah, celebrate your feasts, perform your vows. For Belial 1 shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off. (Nahum 1:15)

The Lord... will suddenly come to His temple... Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be sweet to Jehovah as in the days of old... (Malachi 3:1, 4)

Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. (Joel 3:20)

Behold, the days are coming..., that I will raise to David a righteous Branch... In His days Judah will be saved... (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains, that My elect may possess it... (Isaiah 65:9)

Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion. (Psalms 114:2)

Behold, the days are coming..., when I will make a new covenant... with the house of Judah... ...this will be the covenant...: I will put My law within them, and write it on their heart... (Jeremiah 31:27, 31, 33-34)

In those days ten men... shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." (Zechariah 8:23)

...as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me..., so shall your offspring and your name remain.

Kings (of the nations) shall be your foster fathers, their princesses your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you, their faces to the ground, and lick the dust of your feet. (Isaiah 66:22; 49:23)

(References: Ezekiel 37:26-27; Isaiah 49:22-23; Jeremiah 31:33; Matthew 3:1-4; Zechariah 8:22-23)


[4] From these and many other passages, which we do not have the space to cite because of their number, it can be clearly seen that Judah means not Judah but the church. We are told, for example, that the Lord would make a new and eternal covenant with that nation, that He would make it His heir and His sanctuary forevermore, and that kings of the nations and their princesses would bow down to them, licking the dust of their feet, and so on.

[5] That the tribe of Judah, regarded in itself, means the diabolic kingdom, which is one of a love of dominating springing from a love of self, can be seen from the following passages:

I will hide My face from them, I will see what their posterity will be. ...they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith... ...they are a nation void of counsel... ...their vine is of the vine of Sodom and of the fields of Gomorrah; its grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter. Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. Is this not laid up in store with Me, sealed up in My treasuries? (Deuteronomy 32:20-34)

(Know that) it is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart... that Jehovah... is... giving you (the land of Canaan)..., for you are a stiff-necked people. (Deuteronomy 9:5-6)

...according to the number of your cities have been your gods, O Judah... ...according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars... to burn incense to Baal. (Jeremiah 2:28; 11:13)

You are of your father the devil, and you choose to do the desires of your father. (John 8:44)

Jews are said to be full of hypocrisy, iniquity, and uncleanness (Matthew 23:27-28.

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Footnotes:

1. In the Old Testament, the personification of wickedness and destruction, originally conceived perhaps as some sort of spirit demon.

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(References: Ezekiel 4, 5:5-17, 12:18-19, 15:6-8, 16, 16:46, 16:48, 23; Isaiah 3:9; Jeremiah 5:1, 6:6-7, 7:17-18, 8:6-8, 9:10-11, 9:11-12, 9:13, 9:14, 13:9-10, 13:14, 14:16, 23:14; Lamentations 1:8-9, 1:17; Mark 8:38; Matthew 12:39; Revelation 11:8; Zechariah 8:22-23)

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Nahum 1:15

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15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

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Exploring the Meaning of Nahum 1      

By Rev. W. Cairns Henderson and Rev. Ian Arnold and Joe David

What's the Book of Nahum about?

We can never really satisfactorily find our way into a book of the Bible, especially a book of the Old Testament, unless we take on board that it's a mirror to us of the inner challenges and experiences we face. Its message, for us, is not about the world outside of us, but about the world inside of us. Beneath the surface, these Bible books focus on this inner world of our thoughts and feelings, burdens and challenges, successes and failures, achievements and disappointments, as we make our journey towards being a more spiritual person.

Most people readily see this "inner meaning" when it comes to the story of Moses leading the ancient people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt to, eventually, the Promised Land. It's movement forward, and movement backward, a longing for what we dream was the past, and more. It speaks to us all.

All of ancient Israel’s enemies symbolize things that attack, plunder, weaken, marginalise and imprison what is from the Lord in our lives. We try to stand up for what's right and decent in a given situation, but in no time, a voice is whispering to us ‘Why bother?’, ‘Who cares?’

Some of those enemies of ancient Israel were fearsome, like the Assyrians and the Babylonians. They were ruthless, rich, powerful and had massive armies.

So think for a moment: what might be amongst the most intimidating ‘enemies’ of our spiritual well-being? What are those things likely to do the most damage?

Babylon has long been recognized as a symbol of power and self-aggrandizement. But what about the Assyrians, who are the antagonists here in the Book of Nahum?

The Assyrians were menacing the ancient Israelites for more than a century, first sweeping away the northern kingdom of Israel in 721 BC, and then hanging around in the area for decades afterwards, a considerable threat to the remaining, southern, kingdom of Judea. How feared and despised they were is so evident in this prophecy of Nahum.

So, in us, what might the Assyrians symbolize? Outside the fortified and walled city of Jerusalem, on one famous occasion they showed themselves to be adept talkers and persuaders. (See the story, in 2 Kings 18).

Hold to this for a moment – “talkers and persuaders”. The thing is that there are those forces and influences that become active within us, trying to talk and persuade us that, for example, sin is fine if it remains undiscovered, or that the Ten Commandments don’t have a place in this day and age, or that 'my lapses are nothing by comparison with what goes on in the world generally'.

If we can see this for what it is, it is pretty fearsome stuff, capable of inflicting great damage to us spiritually.

So, read the Book of Nahum - just 3 chapters of prophecy - with this in mind. It is not people, or tribes, that the Lord pits Himself against - but those very things which hold the potential to devastate us spiritually.

In Chapter 1, “Nineveh” represents a state of life in which we're bringing bad things on ourselves because we aren't basing our lives on spiritual truths from the Lord's Word.

In Nahum 1:2-6, it's saying that Jehovah appears as an enemy to people who are wanting to stay in evil ways. In the spiritual world, all pretences of innocence or any good thing are stripped away, and our true selfish motives are seen.

In Nahum 1:7, there's a hopeful note; people who turn to the Lord and walk with Him are helped.

But, next there's a warning... in Nahum 1:8-11, that people who stick with their false ideas and evils will perish. It's worth noting that, in New Christian thought, there's the concept that God doesn't condemn us; we end up living in a society that fits our own values. If we're essentially selfish, we'll find a spiritual home in a society of essentially selfish people, and... it's probably pretty grim. It's a form of "perishing".

In Nahum 1:12-14, it's talking about people who are in evil because they don't know any better -- it's evil from ignorance. They can be helped if they listen and repent, and allow their false ideas to be removed (as was described in Jonah 3. That's what is meant by this: “…for I will break his, (Belial’s) brace from off thee and pull apart thy bonds.”

Finally, in Nahum 1:15, there's the beginning of a new theme, which leads into Nahum 2.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 222


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 7093

Apocalypse Revealed 336, 350, 478

Sacred Scripture 51


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 405, 433, 612

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 58, 76

Other New Christian Commentary

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mountains
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feet
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...

peace
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judah
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.

pass
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Cut off
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.


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