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)
By New Christian Bible Study Staff
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about life and the Lord. Women in general represents things of affection – desire, passion, caring, everything from the most exalted love for the Lord to the blackest hatred. When a man “knows” a woman in the Bible, then, it represents a joining together of those intellectual and affectionate faculties.
This can, of course, be a wonderful thing: It is essential for our journey to heaven, and is the reason for the holiness of marriage. But when the men represent falsity it can also be horrendously twisted, as in the attempted homosexual rape in Sodom (Gen. 19) and the rape of the concubine in Gibeah (Judges 19).
“Know" is also often used in connection with virginity. A women who has “not known a man” represents the affection for truth, unsullied by falsity.