PARABLES: JERUSALEM AS A BOILING FLESH-POT
1 Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this selfsame day: the king of Babylon drew close unto Jerusalem this selfsame day.
1, 2. The end of the church among the Jewish nation. P. P.
2, 16,25. The prophet Ezekiel was called son of man. L. 28.
3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Set on the caldron, set it on, and also pour water into it:
4 gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.
5 Take the choice of the flock, and also a pile of wood for the bones under the caldron; make it boil well; yea, let the bones thereof be boiled in the midst of it.
3-5. Through the Word truths together with goods have been given them, also the Divine presence. P. P.
3-6. Pot stands for a city, or the people therein, in whom is the evil of the profanation of good. The good which is the flesh in it, is the thigh and the shoulder. The evil is the scum therefrom. The profanation of good is the remaining scum, therefore also it is called the bloody city. A. 8408.
The Word is described such as it is as to doctrine, namely, that in it are Divine truths from Divine good. Then is described doctrine from the Word, such as it was with the Jewish nation, full of uncleanness and falsities. The pot is doctrine, the thigh, the shoulder, and the choice bones are Divine tru ths from Divine good in successive order. The bloody city is the Jewish nation. The scum is the external favoring filthy loves. A. 10105.
3-5, 10. Pot signifies violence offered to good and truth, wherefore it is called a city of bloods. The pieces, the good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder gathered into it are flesh, by which are meant goods. The choice bones stand for truths, the bones being boiled in the midst of it means violence offered to truths. A. 3812.
6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Woe to the bloody city, to the caldron whose rust is therein, and whose rust is not gone out of it! take out of it piece after piece; No lot is fallen upon it.
6-8. They are filthy by reason of the adulteration and profanation of truth and good. P. P.
6, 9, 11. An empty pot is that in which there is filthiness and scum, that is, evil and falsity. A. 4744.
7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the bare rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust.
8 That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance, I have set her blood upon the bare rock, that it should not be covered.
7 By dust is understood the ground, which signifies the good of the church. When there is no earth upon the rocks, and they are consequently dry, consisting of mere masses of stone, it is an indication that there remains no good. See also Chapter XXVI., 3, 4, 14. E. 411.
9 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great.
10 Heap on the wood, make the fire hot, boil well the flesh, and make thick the broth, and let the bones be burned.
11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that it may be hot, and the brass thereof may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the rust of it may be consumed.
12 She hath wearied herself with toil; yet her great rust goeth not forth out of her; her rust goeth not forth by fire.
9-12. The Lord has labored with all His might, that they might grow better, P. P.
13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have cleansed thee and thou wast not cleansed, thou shalt not be cleansed from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my wrath toward thee to rest.
14 I, Jehovah, have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it: I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord Jehovah.
13 What is exteriorly pure or clean. A. 10296.
but it could not be done. P. P.
14 Therefore they will die in their profanities. P. P.
15 Also the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet thou shalt neither mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
17 Sigh, but not aloud, make no mourning for the dead; bind thy headtire upon thee, and put thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.
15-17. Everything of the church will be taken away from them, and yet there will be no grief on that account. P. P.
18 So I spake unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?
20 Then I said unto them, The word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
18 Wife stands for the church. A. 7844.
18, 19. This will take place when the Lord comes into the world. P. P.
21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left behind shall fall by the sword.
22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away in your iniquities, and moan one toward another.
21 Because the Lord alone is holy, therefore He is called a sanctuary. A. 9229.
The sanctuary stands for the church. A. 9479.
21-23. Then He will destroy all the worship. of that church, and there will be no grief on that account. P. P.
21, 25. Describes the devastation of all truth from those who are of the church. The sanctuary means the Word from which is the church, for this is the essential sanctuary, as it is Divine truth. From its power against falses and evils, which are from hell, it is called the magnificence of the strength of Jehovah. That all truths and the affection for them will perish by falses, is signified by your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, which is the false destroying truth. E. 724.
24 Thus shall Ezekiel be unto you a sign; according to all that he hath done shall ye do: when this cometh, then shall ye know that I am the Lord Jehovah.
25 And thou, son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their heart, their sons and their daughters,
26 that in that day he that escapeth shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?
27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him that is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: so shalt thou be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
24-27. When the Lord comes those who will be led to the new church will be instructed. P. P.
25-27. By: in that day, the coming of the Lord is meant. L. 4.
26-27. The Lord’s coming and a new church from Him is meant. R. 704.
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg (Compiled by Robert S. Fischer 1925)