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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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Ezekiel 4:17

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17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

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Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 127


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 2165, 3104, 9323, 9412, 10037

Apocalypse Revealed 50, 350, 880

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

Doctrine of the Lord 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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  Stories and their meanings:

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Bible Word Meanings

want
'Want of spiritual nourishment,' denotes a lack of knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom.

bread
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

iniquity
Folly, iniquity, hypocrisy, and error, as in Isaiah 32:6: Folly has respect to the false, iniquity signifies evil, hypocrisy, the evils spoken against goods, and...

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