Genesis 12

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1 Kaj la Eternulo diris al Abram: Iru el via lando, el inter via parencaro, kaj el la domo de via patro, al la lando, kiun Mi montros al vi.

2 Kaj Mi faros vin granda popolo, kaj Mi benos vin kaj grandigos vian nomon, kaj vi estos beno.

3 Kaj Mi benos viajn benantojn, kaj viajn malbenantojn Mi malbenos, kaj benigxos per vi cxiuj gentoj de la tero.

4 Kaj Abram iris, kiel la Eternulo diris al li, kaj kun li iris Lot. Kaj Abram havis la agxon de sepdek kvin jaroj, kiam li eliris el HXaran.

5 Kaj Abram prenis sian edzinon Saraj kaj sian nevon Lot, kaj ilian tutan havon, kiun ili akiris, kaj la homojn, kiujn ili akiris en HXaran; kaj ili eliris, por iri al la lando Kanaana; kaj ili venis en la landon Kanaanan.

6 Kaj Abram trapasis la landon gxis la loko SXehxem, gxis la kverko More; kaj la Kanaanidoj tiam logxis en la lando.

7 Kaj la Eternulo aperis al Abram, kaj diris: Al via idaro Mi donos cxi tiun teron. Kaj li konstruis tie altaron al la Eternulo, kiu aperis al li.

8 Kaj de tie li translogxigxis al la monto, kiu estas oriente de Bet-El, kaj arangxis sian tendon tiamaniere, ke Bet-El estis okcidente kaj Aj oriente; kaj li konstruis tie altaron al la Eternulo kaj pregxadis al la Eternulo.

9 Kaj Abram iris pluen, cxiam pluen al sudo.

10 Kaj estis malsato en la lando. Kaj Abram malsupreniris Egiptujon, por tie logxi kelktempe, cxar malfacila estis la malsato en la lando.

11 Kaj kiam li estis jam proksime de Egiptujo, li diris al sia edzino Saraj: Mi scias ja, ke vi estas virino belaspekta;

12 kaj kiam la Egiptoj vin vidos, ili diros: Tio estas lia edzino; kaj ili mortigos min, kaj vin ili lasos viva.

13 Diru do, ke vi estas mia fratino, por ke al mi estu bone pro vi kaj por ke mia animo restu viva pro vi.

14 Kaj kiam Abram venis Egiptujon, la Egiptoj vidis, ke la virino estas tre bela;

15 kaj vidis sxin la eminentuloj de Faraono, kaj ili lauxdis sxin al Faraono; kaj oni prenis la virinon en la domon de Faraono.

16 Kaj al Abram estis bone pro sxi, kaj li havis sxafojn kaj bovojn kaj azenojn kaj sklavojn kaj sklavinojn kaj azeninojn kaj kamelojn.

17 Kaj la Eternulo punis per grandaj suferoj Faraonon kaj lian domon pro Saraj, la edzino de Abram.

18 Kaj Faraono alvokis Abramon, kaj diris: Kion vi faris al mi? kial vi ne diris al mi, ke sxi estas via edzino?

19 kial vi diris: SXi estas mia fratino? Kaj mi prenis sxin al mi kiel edzinon. Kaj nun jen estas via edzino; prenu kaj foriru.

20 Kaj Faraono ordonis pri li al homoj, kaj ili forkondukis lin kaj lian edzinon kaj lian tutan havon.

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Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 12      

By Rev. George McCurdy

The Inner Meaning of Genesis 12

In Genesis 11, we met Abram for the first time, as his genealogy was traced down through the generations from Noah. Abram represents the beginning of a new spiritual state of humankind - a new church that would record preserve important external truths. Those external truths contained internal ones - true ideas about God the way people should live.

These external truths were encoded in stories, first preserved in oral traditions then in written scriptures in the time of Moses. In the current , Abram, goes, as commanded by God, the land of Canaan. In doing this, he effectively starts the Hebrew church (from Eber, Abraham's forebear).

All the geographic places in the land of Canaan its environs had been given spiritual significations by the people of the Most Ancient Church. In the new Word that would be written there, these places would be mentioned by name would signify spiritual ideas.

When Abraham is driven by famine in the land seek refuge in Egypt, it symbolizes a state of initial instruction for this new church. That early instruction is of an external type. Egypt, in the Word, represents scientific knowledge - the natural sciences - which teach the natural level in people.

There are two levels of "story" nested in the symbolism of the literal text. One is the spiritual story of humankind. Another, higher one, is the story of the inner spiritual process that would take place in the life of Jesus Christ. Both stories are traced out in Swedenborg's exegesis of the Word.

Here's an excerpt from his capstone work, True Christian Religion:

The Word has two senses hidden in its literal sense; these are called the spiritual the celestial senses. In the spiritual sense the contents of the Word refer chiefly the church in the celestial sense chiefly the Lord. Again in the spiritual sense its contents refer Divine truth in the celestial sense Divine good. (True Christian Religion 248)

A detailed description of the inner meaning of this chapter begins in Arcana Coelestia 1401.


Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 482, 1401, 1402, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1410, ...

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 413, 414

Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 440, 796, 921, 1025, 1403, 1461, 1475, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 503

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 340, 654, 750

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 49

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