1 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
1-3. They will perish by reason of falsities. P. P.
1-10. By the captivity of the children of Israel spiritual captivities were represented, and hence signified. By going into captivity is signified to be led away by their own falsities and evils into hell. R. 591.
By the altars being devastated is signified that all worship from the good of love shall perish; by the idols broken is signified that all worship from the truth of the good shall also perish. By the slain falling in the midst of them is signified their perishing by falses. E. 811.
2 Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy unto them,
3 and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Jehovah: Thus saith the Lord Jehovah to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys: Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
2 See Chapter II., 1,3,6,8. L.28.
2, 3. By the mountains of Israel are signified the evils flowing from the love of self and of the world which exist with those who are in the spiritual church, when they no longer possess any good of life, but instead thereof evil of life, and the falsity of doctrine thence derived. E. 405.
3 This is said of worship in externals. A valley stands for such worship. A. 1292.
3, 4. Mountains and hills in their opposite sense signify infernal loves, which are the love of self and the love of the world. R. 336.
3, 4, 6, 13. Worship of the Lord was represented by the altar. R. 392
This means that it is so said to all idolators who instituted worship upon mountains and hills, by rivers and in valleys. To bring upon them the sword, and to destroy the high places and the altars, and to break images, signifies to destroy all things of idolatrous worship, which destroys itself by falsltles and evils. The slain stand for those who perish by falsities. E. 391
3, 4, 7, 13. The pierced stand for those who are in falsities of doctrine. A. 4503.
3, 11. The Lord is described in regard to the Word, and to His coming from passages collected from the prophets of the Old Word. Coro. 60.
See Chapter II.,4. D. P., Page 26.
See Chapter II.,4. D. P., Page 56.
4 And your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
4, 5. By idols are signified falsities of worship from one’s own intelligence. R. 459·
Idols stand for the falsities of doctrine, which are from self-derived intelligence. To receive and to acknowledge them is signified by setting up idols in their hearts. See also Chapter XIV., 4. E. 587.
4-6. The destruction, the laying waste, and the desolation of the altars means that so it shall be with representative worship. A. 9714.
All the worship derived from truth and good has been destroyed, because there is nothing but evil and falsity. P. P.
5 And I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
6 In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your sun-images may be hewn down, and your works may be abolished.
5 By bones is described the intellectual proprium, both in regard to what is true and to what is false: A. 3812,
6 Treating of the Iraelitish church, its vastation, desolation
and breaking up. Coro. 56.
In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate. D. P., Page 26
7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.
8 Yet will I leave a remnant, in that ye shall have some that escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
9 And those of you that escape shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captive, how that I have been broken with their lewd heart, which hath departed from me, and with they eyes, which play the harlot after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
10 And they shall know that I am Jehovah: I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.
11 Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Smite with thy hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas! because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
7-10. Those who depart from evils and falsities will not perish. P. P.
8, 9. The reason that goods and truths stored by the Lord in man’s interior were represented by the residue and the remnant among the nations whither they were driven, and where they were made captives is that man is continually among evils and falsities and in captivity by them. Evils and falsities are signified by the nations. Without remains there is salvation for no one. A. 5897.
They who escape are they who have remains. To escape is to be delivered from damnation. A. 5899.
9 As gods in the genuine sense signify truths, and in the opposite sense falsities, therefore falsifying truths and adulterating goods is signified by going awhoring after strange gods, as after Baalim, after Molech, and after idols. A. 8904.
10 Lamentations over this. P. P.
11, 12. See Chapter V., 11-12, 16, 17. R. 323.
They who teach the doctrine of what is false and evil shall perish by the things signified by sword and famine. E. 386.
12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my wrath upon them.
13 And ye shall know that I am Jehovah, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered sweet savor to all their idols.
14 And I will stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate and waste, from the wilderness toward Diblah, throughout all their habitations: and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
12-14. All who are in evils and falsities will be destroyed. P.P.
13 From these things it is manifest from whence idolatrous worship came, namely, that they worshipped objects which were representative and significative.
This treats of worship which those form to themselves who have faith in themselves, and thus in the things which they hatch out from their knowledges. A. 2831.
The ancients had also worship upon hills and mountains, because hills and mountains signify heavenly love; but when worship was made by idolators as here they signify the love of self and the world. They also had worship under trees, because these were significative according to their species. Under the tangled oak here means that it was from falsities, which are the lowest things of the natural, for they are in an entanglement. A. 4552.
Because idolatrous worship was performed on mountains and hills, by them are signified, in the opposite sense, the evils of self-love. A. 6435.
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg (Compiled by Robert S. Fischer 1925)