創世記 15

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1 這事以耶和華異象中有亞伯蘭說:亞伯蘭,你不要懼怕!我是你的盾牌,必大大的賞賜你。

2 亞伯蘭耶和華阿,我既無子,你還賜我甚麼呢?並且要承受我家業的是大馬色人以利以謝。

3 亞伯蘭:你沒有兒子;那生在我家中的人就是我的後嗣。

4 耶和華又有對他:這人必不成為你的後嗣;你本身所生的才成為你的後嗣。

5 於是領他走到外邊,:你向觀看,算眾,能得過來麼?又對他:你的後裔將要如此。

6 亞伯蘭信耶和華耶和華就以此為他的

7 耶和華又對他:我是耶和華,曾領你出了迦勒底的吾珥,為要將這地賜你為業。

8 亞伯蘭耶和華阿,我怎能知道必得這地為業呢?

9 :你為我取一隻年的母,一隻年的母山羊,一隻年的公綿,一隻斑鳩,一隻雛鴿。

10 亞伯蘭就取了這些來,每樣劈開,分成兩半,一半對著一半地擺列,只有沒有劈開。

11 有鷙鳥來,落在那死畜的肉上,亞伯蘭就把他嚇飛了。

12 日頭正落的時候,亞伯蘭沉沉地睡了;忽然有驚人的黑暗落在他身上。

13 耶和華對亞伯蘭:你要的確知道,你的後裔必寄居別人的地,又服事那地的人;那地的人要苦待他們年。

14 並且他們所要服事的那國,我要懲罰,來他們必帶著許多財物從那裡出來。

15 但你要享大壽數,平平安安地歸到你列祖那裡,被人埋葬。

16 到了第四,他們必回到此地,因為亞摩利人的罪孽還沒有滿盈。

17 日落天黑,不料有冒煙的爐並燒著的把從那些肉塊中經過。

18 當那日,耶和華亞伯蘭立約,:我已賜你的後裔,從埃及直到伯拉之地,

19 就是基尼人、基尼洗人、甲摩尼人、

20 赫人、比利洗人、利乏音人、

21 亞摩利人、迦南人、革迦撒人、耶布斯人之地。

  

Exploring the Meaning of 創世記 15      

Napsal(a) Emanuel Swedenborg

Here are some excerpts from Swedenborg's "Arcana Coelestia" that help explain the inner meaning of this chapter:

AC 1778. Here in the internal sense are continued the things concerning the Lord after He had endured in childhood the most severe combats of temptations, which were directed against the love which He cherished toward the whole human race, and in particular toward the church; and therefore being anxious concerning their future state a promise was made Him but it was shown at the same time what the state of the church would become toward its end when it would begin to expire; but that still a new church should revive, which would take the place of the former, and the heavenly kingdom would be immensely increased.

AC 1779. The Lord‘s consolation after the combats of temptations described (verse 1).

AC 1780. The Lord’s complaint respecting the church, that it was in externals only (verses 2, 3). A promise concerning an internal church (verse 4). Concerning its multiplication (verse 5). That the Lord is righteousness (verse 6). And unto Him alone belongs the kingdom in the heavens and on earth (verse 7).

AC 1781. And as He desired to be assured that the human race would be saved (verse 8), it was shown Him how the case is with the church, in general, specifically, and in particular (verses 9 to 17).

AC 1782. The "heifer," "she-goat," and "ram," are the representatives of the celestial things of the church; the "turtledove" and the "young pigeon" are the representatives of its spiritual things (verse 9). The church was on one side, and the Lord on the other (verse 10). The Lord would dissipate evils and falsities (verse 11). But the falsities would still infest it (verses 12, 13). From these there should be deliverance (verse 14). Thus the Lord received consolation (verse 15). But that evils would take possession (verse 16). And at last nothing hut falsities and cupidities would reign (verse 17). Then would come the Lord‘s kingdom, and a new church, the extension of which is described (verse 18). The falsities and evils to be expelled from it are the nations named (verses 19 to 21).