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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 4:3

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3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

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Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 127


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 426

Apocalypse Revealed 350, 598, 880

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

Doctrine of the Lord 15, 64

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 16

True Christian Religion 130


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 655, 706, 805

On the Athanasian Creed 165

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Spiritual Experiences 2283

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Bible Word Meanings

iron
'An iron pan,' as in Ezekiel 4:3, signifies the truth that was falsified and adulterated among the Jewish people.

Pan
'An iron pan,' as in Ezekiel 4:3, signifies the truth that was falsified and adulterated among the Jewish people.

wall
'A wall' signifies truth in outer extremes. 'A wall,' as in Revelation 21, signifies the divine truth proceeding from the Lord, and so, the truth...

city
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...

face
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

Siege
'To lay siege' means bringing distress by evils and falsities.

sign
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

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