Ezekiel 21

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1 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the sanctuaries, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of its sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

2, 6. et seq. The prophet Ezekiel was called son of man. L. 28.

4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of its sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
5 and all flesh shall know that I, Jehovah, have drawn forth my sword out of its sheath; it shall not return any more.

4, 5. They will all perish by means of falsity of evil. P. P.
All flesh stands for all mankind. A. 574.
When mention is made of all flesh it means every man. A. 10283.
The foregoing statement repeated. R.748.
The foregoing statement repeated. M. 154.

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man; with the breaking of thy loins and with bitterness shalt thou sigh before their eyes.
7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt say, Because of the tidings, for it cometh; and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord Jehovah.

5-8. The Jewish nation is here further treated of. P. P.
6-7. Grief of doctrine. P. P.
7 Spirit and heart stand for the life of the understanding and the life of the will. A. 9818.
The life of man varies according to his state, therefore by spirit is meant the varying affection of life with man. L. 48.
Man’s spirit is his mind, and whatever proceeds from it. T. 159.
By spirit when predicated of man is meant truth received in the life. E. 183.

8 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith Jehovah: Say, A sword, a sword, it is sharpened, and also furbished;
10 it is sharpened that it may make a slaughter; it is furbished that it may be as lightning: shall we then make mirth? the rod of my son, it contemneth every tree.
11 And it is given to be furbished, that it may be handled: the sword, it is sharpened, yea, it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
12 Cry and wail, son of man; for it is upon my people, it is upon all the princes of Israel: they are delivered over to the sword with my people; smite therefore upon thy thigh.
13 For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that contemneth shall be no more? saith the Lord Jehovah

8-10. Here to unsheath or draw the sword means not to cease from fighting until the enemies be overthrown, thus continual combat. A. 8294.
9, 10. They will all perish through falsity of evil. P. P.
The particulars of the internal sense show that nothing else than vastation is meant by the sword. A. 2799.
9, 10, 14, 15. The sword here stands for such desolation of man that he sees nothing of good and truth, but mere falsities and things contrary, which is to multiply stumbling blocks. A. 309.
8-11. Destruction by means of interior evil. P. P.
9-15. By a sword is meant the de vastation of truth in the church. R. 52.

14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thy hands together; and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the deadly wounded: it is the sword of the great one that is deadly wounded, which entereth into their chambers.
15 I have set the threatening sword against all their gates, that their heart may melt, and their stumblings be multiplied: ah! it is made as lightning, it is pointed for slaughter.
16 Gather thee together, go to the right, set thyself in array, go to the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
17 I will also smite my hands together, and I will cause my wrath to rest: I, Jehovah, have spoken it.
18 The word of Jehovah came unto me again, saying,
19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come; they twain shall come forth out of one land: and mark out a place, mark it out at the head of the way to the city.
20 Thou shalt appoint a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and to Judah in Jerusalem the fortified.

14–22, 32. By a sword is meant truth destroying and combating. This destruction appears especially in the spiritual world, where they who are in falsities cannot bear the truth, but are in a state of anxiety, as if they struggled with death, when they come into the sphere of light, that is, into the sphere of Divine truth. E. 131.
17, 18. Grief of the church, because they cannot be converted. P. P.
19-22. All things that remain will also perish, owing to falsities still more interior. P. P.
15, 16. The destruction of truth by dire falsities is meant. E. 600.
15-18. Lightning and the flashing of it (it is made bright) stands for truth Divine. It strikes upon the intellectual, and deprives it of seeing truth. A. 8813.
18-22. Destruction will come by reasoning from falsities, and yet they will have worship, but from these falsities. P. P.

21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he shook the arrows to and fro, he consulted the teraphim, he looked in the liver.
22 In his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up mounds, to build forts.

21 He consulted with images (teraphim). They were images, which were forbidden. A. 4111.

23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, who have sworn oaths unto them; but he bringeth iniquity to remembrance, that they may be taken.
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.

23, 24. Their worship will be vain. P. P.

24 Transgression signifies evil against truth, which is less, and sin evil against good which is more grievous. A. 6563.

25 And thou, O deadly wounded wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day is come, in the time of the iniquity of the end,
26 thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Remove the mitre, and take off the crown; this shall be no more the same; exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high.
27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: this also shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

25 By day is meant the coming of the Lord. L. 4.
The desolation, vastation and consummation of the Jewish church is meant by pierced, or thrust through. Coro. 59.

26 By a crown is signified wisdom from the knowledge of good and truth. L. 126.

28 And thou, son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah concerning the children of Ammon, and concerning their reproach; and say thou, A sword, a sword is drawn, for the slaughter it is furbished, to cause it to devour, that it may be as lightning;
29 while they see for thee false visions, while they divine lies unto thee, to lay thee upon the necks of the wicked that are deadly wounded, whose day is come in the time of the iniquity of the end.
30 Cause it to return into its sheath. In the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy birth, will I judge thee.
31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee; I will blow upon thee with the fire of my wrath; and I will deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, skilful to destroy.
32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I, Jehovah, have spoken it.

28-32. That church will come to an end when the Lord comes. It will be the same with those who have falsified the letter of the Word. They will be cast into hell. P. P.
29 Vanity signifies falsity of doctrine, and a lie falsity of life. A. 9248.
See Chapter XIII., 8-9· R. 924.
A lie signifies falsity and false speaking. T. 322.
By fire is signified all cupidity originating in the love of evil and its punishment, which is torment. E. 504.

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg (Compiled by Robert S. Fischer 1925)