Psalms 145

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1 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 395


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 598, 4691, 6239, 8286, 9378, 9789, 10248, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 249


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 288, 295, 685

Scriptural Confirmations 14, 89

Related New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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Bible Word Meanings

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

bless
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

ever
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

day
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

great
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;...

the Lord
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

lord
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

generation
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...

works
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...

declare
To "declare" something means to say it formally, publicly and with emphasis; you might say what you think, but you only declare things you're sure...

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

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

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

righteousness
The word "righteous" has taken on a bit of negative shading in modern language. That may be because we hear it most often as part...

Full
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

anger
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

mercy
In regular language, "mercy" means being caring and compassionate toward those who are in poor states. That's a position we are all in relative to...

good
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

saints
'Saints' mean people governed by truths from the Lord through the Word.

make known
In natural language the word "manifest" simply means to make something clear or obvious. A unique use, in fact, has to do with shipping; a...

known
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

everlasting
In many cases, the use of “eternity” in the Bible is pretty literal, simple meaning forever. This is especially true when the text is referring...

generations
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...

fall
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...

eyes
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...

givest
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

hand
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

living
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

righteous
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...

ways
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....

call
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.

in truth
There's a great deal of talk in Swedenborg about "truth" as a concept – it's how we learn the Lord's will, what we must seek...

truth
There's a great deal of talk in Swedenborg about "truth" as a concept – it's how we learn the Lord's will, what we must seek...

hear
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

save
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...

love
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...

Wicked
'The wicked' or 'unrighteous' denotes being not in truth of faith.

mouth
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

flesh
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...

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

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 Blessing and Acknowledgment
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Blessings: A New Understanding
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Children in Heaven
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Holy Is His Name
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Joy Comes in the Morning
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Seeds of Truth
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Thankful for the Harvest
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: The Christmas Season
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: The Guiding Star
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: The Holy Supper
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: The Lord Our King
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Worship of the Heart
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 God's Bounty
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Look to the Lord Bookmark
Meditate on a verse from the Word and let it inspire you in a spiritual task. Cut out the color picture bookmark to keep or share.
Activity | Ages over 15

 Memory Verse: Our Daily Bread
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: Praying to the Lord
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: The Kingdom of Heaven
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Prayers for Children: I Am With You Always
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Teens: The Holy Supper
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 Quotes: The Lord Loves Everyone
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Quotes: The Lord's Fruitful Harvest
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Treasures of Nature Thanksgiving Display
Collect treasures of nature to display around the Word or as a centerpiece on your kitchen table.
Activity | Ages 4 - 17


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