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Jezekilj 35

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1 Opet mi dođe reč Gospodnja govoreći:

2 Sine čovečji, okreni lice svoje prema gori Siru i prorokuj protiv nje.

3 I reci: Ovako veli Gospod Gospod: evo me na tebe, goro Sire! I dignuću ruku svoju na te, i opusteću te sasvim.

4 Gradove ću tvoje opusteti, i ti ćeš biti pustoš, i poznaćeš da sam ja Gospod.

5 Što je u tebe večno neprijateljstvo, i rasipaš sinove Izrailjeve mačem u nevolji njihovoj, kad je kraj bezakonju njihovom,

6 Zato, tako ja bio živ, govori Gospod Gospod, krvi ću te predati i krv će te goniti, jer ne mrziš na krv, krv će te goniti.

7 I obratiću goru Sir sasvim u pustoš, da niko neće dolaziti ni odlaziti.

8 I napuniću gore njene pobijenih njenih; na humovima tvojim i u dolinama tvojim i po svim potocima tvojim padaće pobijeni od mača.

9 Večnu pustinju načiniću od tebe i gradovi se tvoji neće opraviti, i poznaćete da sam ja Gospod.

10 Što govoriš: Ova dva naroda i ove dve zemlje moje će biti, i nasledićemo ih, ako i jeste Gospod bio onde,

11 Zato, tako ja živ bio, govori Gospod Gospod, učiniću po gnevu tvom i po zavisti tvojoj, s kojom si postupala iz mržnje prema njima, i biću poznat među njima kad ti sudim.

12 I poznaćeš da sam ja Gospod čuo sve tvoje hule koje si govorila na gore Izrailjeve rekavši: Opusteše, nama su dane da ih jedemo.

13 I veličaste se suprot meni ustima svojim, i množiste na me reči svoje; čuo sam.

14 Ovako veli Gospod Gospod: Kad se sva zemlja stane veseliti, tebe ću opusteti.

15 Kako si se ti veselila nasledstvu doma Izrailjevog što opuste, tako ću i tebe učiniti: opustećeš, goro Sire, i sva zemljo edomska; i poznaće se da sam ja Gospod.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 158

Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1066, 3322, 4240, 7673

The Lord 28

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 52, 53

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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The Ascension, by Benjamin West

The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there are important differences.

To some degree, the meanings all start with "Jehovah," which is the Lord's actual name. It represents the perfect, eternal, infinite love which is the Lord's actual essence, what He actually "is." As such it also represents the good will that flows from the Lord to us, His desire for us to be good and the urgings toward good that go with it. "God," meanwhile, represents the wisdom of the Lord and the true knowledge and true understanding He offers to us, the forms in which He expresses himself. Other, less common terms are discussed under their own entries.

The term "the Lord" is very close in meaning to "Jehovah," and in many cases is interchangeable (indeed, translators have a tendency to go back and forth). When the two are used together, though, "the Lord" refers to the power of the Lord's goodness, the force it brings, where "Jehovah" represents the goodness itself.

In the New Testament, the name "Jehovah" is never used; the term "the Lord" replaces it completely. Swedenborg offers two reasons for that. First, the Jews of the day considered the name "Jehovah" too holy to speak or write. Second, they would not have been able to grasp the idea that the Lord – who was among them in human form at the time – was in fact Jehovah Himself.

This does ultimately lead to a difference in the two terms by the end of the Bible. Thought of as "Jehovah," the Lord is the ultimate human form and has the potential for assuming a physical human body; thought of as "the Lord" He actually has that human body, rendered divine by the events of his physical life. That's how we know Him in this day and age, which is why we primarily use the term "the Lord" on this website.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 2921, 4973; True Christian Religion 81)