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Ezekiel 28:23

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23 And I will send into her pestilence, and blood in her streets: and they shall fall being slain by the sword on all sides in the midst thereof: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 151

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Arcana Coelestia 7102

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms #151

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

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151. Internal Meaning of Ezekiel, Chapter 28

1-5 Since they believe that they are learned from mere knowledges [cognitiones] and say in their heart that they are most intelligent from themselves, (2, 3)

6-10 therefore they will falsify all knowledges [cognitiones] of truth, and will perish thereby. (2, 3, 16)

11 Respecting learning from the Word. (2, 3)

12 From the Word they have all truths and goods of heaven and of the church; (2, 11)

12-18 in consequence of which they were in intelligence at first, but afterwards this was dissipated by means of their pride. (2)

19-20 Natural love consumed all things of the church, resulting in their destruction. (3)

21-23 Of the understanding of truth, which is meant by Zidon: it will perish by means of falsities. (2)

24 Their destruction, lest the church should be still further destroyed. (3)

25-26 A new church will come into existence, when the former has been condemned. (11)

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Dempsey and Firpo, by Bellows.

Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual sense as well. People fall on their faces in prayer, fall in battle, fall on others to attack them and fall on each other's necks in greeting. Stars fall from the sky, mountains fall on people, cities fall, and even faces fall. There's a lot of falling, in very different circumstances.

In a very general sense, falling means a lowering in spiritual state, from one closer to the Lord to one further. This is subtle when people fall on their faces in prayer – showing humility, and an acknowledgement of their own low state – and when they fall on each other's necks, indicated a communication between the two spiritual states. At the other end of the scale, it illustrates complete spiritual destruction in the fall of a city.

(Referenser: Arcana Coelestia 358, 1999, 4352, 6401, 7102, 9086; The Apocalypse Explained 402, 811, 880, 1020)