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Ezequiel 4:17

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17 até que lhes falte o pão e a água, e se espantem uns com os outros, e se definhem na sua iniqüidade.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 127


Other references to this verse:

Arcanos Celestes 2165, 3104, 9323, 9412, 10037

Apocalipse Revelado 50, 350, 880

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

Doutrina Do Senhor 16, 64

True Christian Religion 130


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 71, 617, 633, 805

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 52

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pão
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água
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iniqüidade
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 Ezekiel: The Prophet As an Example
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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms #127

Inner Meaning: Prophets, Psalms (Schreck translation - updated)      

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127. Internal Meaning of Ezekiel, Chapter 4

Representation of the perverted church in the church. (2)

1-2 He should represent the falsities of the church, and the church besieged by them. (2)

3 He should represent the hardness of their heart, from which it is that they have no fear; (2)

4-8 he should also represent the church besieged by falsities of evil and evils of falsity. (2)

9-16 He should represent the falsification and adulteration of the sense of the letter of the Word, (2)

17 by which everything of the church has perished. (2, 3)

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Commentary

 

Bread      

By New Christian Bible Study Staff

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Photo of hands kneading bread, by Jenny Stein

The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general.

Looking at food in general, we see it has two main components: fats and carbohydrates to give us energy, and proteins, vitamins and minerals to help our bodies build new tissues and perform functions. Spiritual food also fills those two needs: If we let Him, the Lord will fill us with a desire to be good – analogous to the energy provided by fats and carbohydrates. He will also give us truth, or an understanding of how to put that desire into effect – analogous to the forms and building materials provided by proteins and vitamins. Food in the Bible, then, represents everything good and true coming to use from the Lord, which is in a higher sense spiritual life and is in the highest sense the Lord Himself.

Of all foods, though, bread itself is perhaps the most basic and most pure, and is in a form packed with energy. As such it represents the most central of all desires for good: the love of the Lord Himself.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 276, 680, 2165 [1-5], 3332 [1-3], 4217, 6118, 7978, 8410)


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