Daniel 8

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1 I Kong Belsazzars tredje regeringsår viste der sig et syn for mig, Daniel; det kom efter det, som tidligere havde vist sig for mig.

2 Jeg skuede i Synet, og det var mig, som om jeg var i Borgen Susan i Landskabet Elam; og jeg så mig i Synet stående ved Floden Ulaj.

3 Da løftede jeg mine Øjne og skuede, og se, en Væder stod ved Floden; den havde to store Horn, det ene større end det andet, og det største skød op sidst.

4 Jeg så Væderen stange mod Vest, Nord og Syd; intet Dyr kunde modstå den, ingen kunde redde af dens Vold, og den gjorde, hvad den vilde, og blev mægtig.

5 Videre så jeg nøje til, og se, en Gedebuk kom fra Vest farende hen over hele Jorden, men uden at røre den; og Bukken havde et anseligt Horn i Panden.

6 Den kom hen til den tvehornede Væder, som jeg havde set stå ved Floden, og løb imod den med ubændig Kraft;

7 og jeg så, hvorledes den, da den nåede Væderen, rasende stormede imod den, stødte til den og sønderbrød begge dens Horn; og Væderen havde ikke kraft til at modstå den, men Bukken kastede den til Jorden og trampede på den, og ingen reddede Væderen af dens Vold.

8 Derpå blev Gedebukken såre mægtig; men som den var allermægtigst, brødes det store Horn af, og i Stedet voksede fire andre frem mod alle fire Verdenshjørner.

9 Men fra det ene af dem skød et andet og lille Horn op, og det voksede umådeligt mod Syd og Øst og mod det herlige Land;

10 og det voksede helt op til Himmelens Hær, styrtede nogle af Hæren og af Stjernerne til Jorden og trampede på dem.

11 Og det hovmodede sig mod Hærens Øverste; hans daglige Offer blev ophævet, og hans Helligdoms Sted kastedes til Jorden.

12 Og på Alteret for det daglige Offer lagdes en Misgerning; Sandheden kastedes til Jorden, og Hornet havde Lykke med, hvad det gjorde.

13 Da hørte jeg en hellig tale, og en anden hellig spurgte den talende: "Hvor lang Tid gælder Synet om, at det daglige Offer ophæves, Ødelæggelsens Misgerning opstilles, og Helligdommen og Hæren nedtrampes?"

14 Han svarede: "2300 Aftener og Morgener; så skal Helligdommen komme til sin et igen!"

15 Medens jeg, Daniel, nu så Synet og søgte at forstå det, se, da stod der for mig en som en Mand at se til,

16 og jeg hørte en menneskelig øst råbe over Ulaj: "Gabriel, udlæg ham Synet!"

17 kom han hen, hvor jeg stod, og ved hans Komme blev jeg overvældet af ædsel og faldt på mit Ansigt. Og han sagde til mig: "Se nøje til, Menneskesøn, thi Synet gælder Endens Tid!"

18 Medens han taledemed mig, lå jeg bedøvet med Ansigtet mod Jorden; men han rørte ved mig og fik mig på Benene

19 og sagde: "Se, jeg vil kundgøre dig, hvad der skal ske i Vredens sidste Tid; thi Synet gælder Endens bestemte Tid.

20 Den tvehornede Væder, du så, er Kongerne af Medien og Persien,

21 den lådne Buk er Kongen af Grækenland, og det store Horn i dens Pande er den første Konge.

22 At det brødes af, og at fire andre voksede frem i Stedet, betyder, at fire iger skal fremstå af hans Folk, dog uden hans Kraft.

23 Men i deres Herredømmes sidste Tid, når Overtrædelserne har gjort Målet fuldt, skal en fræk og rænkefuld konge fremstå.

24 Hans Magt skal blive stor, dog ikke som hins; han skal tale utrolige Ting og have Lykke med, hvad han gør, og gennemføre sine åd og ødelægge mægtige Mænd.

25 Mod de hellige skal hans Tanke rettes; hans svigefulde åd skal lykkes ham, og han skal sætte sig store Ting for og styrte mange i Ulykke i deres Tryghed. Mod Fyrsternes Fyrste skal han rejse sig, men så skal han knuses, dog ikke ved Menneskehånd.

26 Synet om Affenerne og Morgenerne, hvorom der var Tale, er Sandhed. Men du skal lukke for Synet; thi det gælder en fjern Fremtid."

27 Men jeg, Daniel, lå syg en Tid lang; så stod jeg op og udførte min Gerning i kongens Tjeneste. Jeg var rædselslagen over Synet og forstod det ikke.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 411, 1664, 2832, 10042, 10455

De Verbo (The Word) 5

Faith 63

Heaven and Hell 171

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 179

True Christianity 851

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 38


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 22, 1458, 1808, 2333, 2405, 2495, 2547, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 34, 36, 51, 151, 270, 447, 541, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 83, 85

Conjugial Love 26

Divine Providence 134

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 28, 52

Faith 61, 65, 66, 67

The Last Judgment (Continuation) 13

True Christianity 157, 537, 764


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 50, 63, 72, 179, 316, 412, 418, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 5

De Verbo (The Word) 15

Last Judgment (Posthumous) 220

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

syn
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

efter
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

Elam
Elam, mentioned in Isaiah 21:1, signifies faith originating in charity, consequently, the internal church. Elam, in Jeremiah 49:34, (Jer. 49:34), signifies the falsification of doctrine....

øjne
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

en
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

stod
'To stand,' and 'come forth' as in Daniel 7:10, refers to truth. In Genesis 24:13, it signifies a state of conjunction of divine truth with...

horn
'A horn,' when spoken of the Lord, signifies omnipotence. 'The little horn that rose up,' as mentioned in Daniel 7:3-8, signifies the full perversion of...

nord
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...

syd
'South' denotes truth in light.

mægtig
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

kom
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

vest
'The west' signifies people in obscured good, and in an opposite sense, people in evil. 'The west' signifies the affection of truth.

jorden
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

set
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

stå
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...

begge
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

store
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

fire
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

hær
A host and an army come from the same Hebrew word and mean the same thing in Bible; when the Children of Israel were numbered...

hellig
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.

tale
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

Lang
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.

aftener
Since the light and warmth of the sun represent the Lord’s wisdom and love, it makes sense that evening, a time when the light and...

morgener
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

Gabriel
Gabriel signifies an angelic society in heaven that is made up of people who teach from the Word, particularly about the Lord’s advent.

komme
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

faldt
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...

ansigt
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

sagde
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

tid
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

konge
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

Grækenland
Greece, in the Word, signifies the nations about to receive the truths of doctrine. Greece signifies the same as ‘isles.’ The king of Greece represents...

mange
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

syg
'The sick,' as in Matthew 25:35, signify people in evil, and those who acknowledge that in themselves there is nothing but evil.


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