Deuteronomy 4

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1 And now hearken, O Israel, to the statutes and to the judgments, which I teach you to do, so·​·that you may·​·live, and go·​·in and possess the land which Jehovah God of your fathers gives you.

2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, and you shall not diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of Jehovah your God which I command you.

3 Your eyes have seen what Jehovah did because of Baal-peor; for every man that walked after Baal-peor, Jehovah thy God has blotted· him ·out from among thee.

4 But you who stuck to Jehovah your God, all of you are living today.

5 See, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Jehovah my God commanded me, that you should do so in the midst of the land whither you go·​·in to possess it.

6 And you shall keep and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these statutes, and say, Only this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as Jehovah our God is in all things that we call upon Him for?

8 And what nation is there so great, that it has statutes and judgments so just as all this law, that I put before you today?

9 Only take·​·heed to thyself, and keep thy soul exceedingly, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they turn·​·aside from thy heart all the days of thy life; and make· them ·known to thy sons, and to the sons of thy sons;

10 the day that thou stoodest before Jehovah thy God in Horeb, when Jehovah said to me, Assemble to Me the people, and I will make them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they shall live on the ground, and that they may teach their sons.

11 And you came·​·near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire to the heart of the heavens, with darkness, cloud, and dense·​·darkness.

12 And Jehovah spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard a voice of words, but saw no figure; except you heard a voice.

13 And He told to you His covenant, which He commanded you to do, the Ten Words*; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

14 And Jehovah commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might do them in the land whither you go·​·over to possess it.

15 And take·​·heed exceedingly for your soul; for you saw not any figure in the day that Jehovah spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire;

16 lest you corrupt yourselves, and make for yourselves a graven image, the figure of any similitude, the shape of a male or female,

17 the shape of any beast that is on the earth, the shape of any winged bird that flies in the heavens,

18 the shape of any thing that creeps on the ground, the shape of any fish that is in the waters under the earth;

19 and lest thou lift thine eyes to the heavens, and thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, all the army of the heavens, and be impelled to worship them, and serve them, which Jehovah thy God has imparted to all the peoples under all the heavens.

20 But Jehovah has taken you, and brought· you ·out from the iron furnace, even out·​·of Egypt, to be to Him for a people of inheritance, as you are today.

21 And Jehovah was·​·angry with me on account of your words, and promised that I should not cross·​·over the Jordan, and that I should not go·​·in to that good land, which Jehovah thy God gives thee for an inheritance;

22 but I must die in this land, I must not cross·​·over Jordan; but you shall go over, and possess that good land.

23 Take·​·heed for yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Jehovah your God, which He cut with you, and make for yourselves a graven image, the figure of anything concerning which Jehovah thy God has commanded thee.

24 For Jehovah thy God is a devouring fire, even a jealous God.

25 When thou shalt beget sons, and sons of sons, and you shall have slept* in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, the figure of any thing, and shall do evil in the eyes of Jehovah thy God, to provoke Him;

26 I call· the heavens and the earth ·to·​·testify against you today, for perishing you shall hastily perish from on the land whither you cross·​·over Jordan to possess; you shall not prolong your days upon her, but blotting·​·out you shall be blotted·​·out.

27 And Jehovah shall scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left as mortals in number among the nations, whither Jehovah shall lead you.

28 And there you shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

29 But from·​·thence thou shalt seek Jehovah thy God, and thou shalt find Him, if thou inquirest after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

30 When thou hast distress, and all these things have found thee in the latter days, then thou shalt return, even·​·to Jehovah thy God, and shalt obey His voice.

31 For Jehovah thy God is a compassionate God; He will not let·​·go of thee, nor destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He promised to them.

32 For ask now of the former days, which were before thee, from the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens, and even·​·to the other end of the heavens, Has there been any such thing as this great thing, or has there been heard anything like it?

33 Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

34 Or has God attempted to go·​·in to take for Himself a nation from among another nation, by proofs, by signs, and by miracles, and by war, and by a firm hand, and by a stretched·​·out arm, and by great fears, according·​·to all that Jehovah your God has done for you in Egypt before thine eyes?

35 To thee it was shown in order to know that Jehovah He is God; there is none else apart from Him.

36 From the heavens He caused thee to hear His voice, to instruct thee; and on the earth He showed thee His great fire; and thou didst hear His words from the midst of the fire.

37 And because He loved thy fathers, therefore He chose his seed after him, and brought· thee ·out before His face with His great power from Egypt;

38 to dispossess nations from before thee greater and more numerous than thou, to bring· thee ·in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

39 And know today, and return to thy heart, that Jehovah He is God in the heavens above, and on the earth beneath; there is none else.

40 And thou shalt keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee today, and it will be·​·well for thee, and for thy sons after thee, and thou shalt prolong thy days upon the ground, which Jehovah thy God gives thee all the days.

41 Then Moses distinguished three cities across Jordan toward the rising of the sun;

42 that the manslayer might flee thither, who should murder his companion without knowing, and hated him not yesterday and the day before*; and that fleeing to one of these cities he might live;

43 Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the land of the plateau, for the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites.

44 And this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel;

45 these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,

46 across Jordan, in the ravine next·​·to Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt;

47 and they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were across Jordan toward the rising of the sun;

48 from Aroer, which is by the lip of the brook Arnon, even to Mount Zion, which is Hermon,

49 and all the desert across the Jordan toward the sunrise, even·​·to the sea of the desert, under the watercourses of Pisgah.

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Explanation of Deuteronomy 4      

Napsal(a) Alexander Payne

Verses 1-13. The absolute necessity of obeying the Divine commands.

Verses 14-24. That nothing from selfhood is to be put in the place of Divine truth, and that truth alone, unless worked out in the life, cannot save.

Verses 25-31. If the soul acts from itself it must perish, but if it seeks Divine Wisdom it will be saved.

Verses 32-40. That Providence continually assists regeneration, as may be manifest from the past; that the soul should therefore trust in the Lord and none else, and their sole duty is to carry out His laws.

Verses 41-43. Evils committed through ignorance or errors of doctrine do not condemn.

Verses 44-49. Reiteration of the Divine Law in the state to which the soul has arrived.

Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 666, 1288, 1861, 2441, 2842, 4197, 6804, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 53, 101, 216, 447, 468, 503, 529, ...

Doctrine of Life 59, 60, 61

Heaven and Hell 122

True Christian Religion 284, 285, 286, 325


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Apocalypse Explained 222, 282, 401, 504, 540, 573, 587, ...

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hearken
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jehovah god
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the Word
In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...

word
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

Keep the commandments
To keep the commandments,' as in Revelation 14:12, signifies living according to the precepts, which the Decalogue contains in summary.

Baal-peor
Baal-peor ('Numbers 25:5') signifies the adulteration of good.

man
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

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

Wisdom
At its heart, wisdom is love's imperative desire to take form. That's a tricky statement, but think of it this way: If you love someone,...

people
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...

say
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...

wise
At its heart, wisdom is love's imperative desire to take form. That's a tricky statement, but think of it this way: If you love someone,...

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

just
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...

law
All laws, even civil and judicial laws, which are in the Word, correspond to the laws of good and truth, which are in heaven.

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

seen
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...

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

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...

said
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...

fear
Fear has various significations according to the thing which causes it. Fear signifies love. Fear, as in Gen 28:17, signifies a holy change.

near
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...

stood
'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...

To
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.

mountain
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...

heart
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

darkness
"Darkness" is a state without light. "Light" is truth from the Lord, so "darkness" represents a state where truth is lacking. Here's a cogent passage...

cloud
In Isaiah 19:1, "Jehovah rides upon a light cloud, and comes into Egypt", signifies the visitation of the natural man from spiritual-natural Divine Truth, for...

ten
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

wrote
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...

tablets
'Tables,' as in Exodus 32:16, signify the external of the Word, because they are distinct from the writing, which is its internal. The external of...

Time
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...

saw
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...

male
Because of their understanding of spiritual marriage, the people of the Most Ancient church perceived 'male and female' as two faculties in the spiritual self:...

female
Because of their understanding of spiritual marriage, the people of the Most Ancient church perceived 'male and female' as two faculties in the spiritual self:...

beast
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...

winged
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...

bird
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.

lift
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...

moon
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...

army
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...

worship
To bow, as in Genesis 18:2 signifies to humble.

iron
'An iron pan,' as in Ezekiel 4:3, signifies the truth that was falsified and adulterated among the Jewish people.

die
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

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...

commanded
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...

beget
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...

old
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image
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.

evil
'To hurt,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:6, signifies violation and profanation. 'To hurt' as mentioned in Revelation 9:4, signifies perverting the truths and goods of...

scatter
The meaning of "scatter" in the Bible is relatively literal, but it is used in regard to spiritual things, not natural ones. So to "scatter"...

peoples
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...

serve
Generally speaking, those who are at lower levels of an organization serve those at higher levels. Bosses boss and their employees serve; coaches devise strategy...

gods
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...

work
'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...

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

wood
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...

stone
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...

see
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...

eat
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

seek
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...

find
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.

soul
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

found
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.

Latter days
Latter days,' as in Jeremiah 48:47, signify the advent of the Lord.

forget
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.

created
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

heard
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...

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

nation
'A nation,' as in Genesis 21:18, signifies the spiritual church which should receive the good of faith. Nation from afar,' as in Jeremiah 5:17, signifies...

signs
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.

war
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

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...

arm
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.

eyes
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...

apart
The meaning of "apart" in the Bible is pretty straightforward; it means there is a separation in spiritual states. What those states are and how...

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...

voice
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

fire
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

words
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

midst
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

loved
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...

fathers
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

seed
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...

face
“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...

great power
In Revelation 11:17, 'thou hast taken to thee thy great power' signifies divine omnipotence, which is and was His from eternity.

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;...

nations
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

greater
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;...

bring
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

give
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...

inheritance
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

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...

know
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...

return
There are many instances in the Bible which describe people turning back, looking back or going back. In most cases it is a negative, sometimes...

heavens
"Heaven" and "heavens" are used many times in the Bible, with a couple of variations of meaning. Sometimes it is relatively literal, including times when...

earth
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

beneath
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

keep
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...

command
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...

commandments
In Deuteronomy 11:1, 'statutes' signify the external parts of the Word, such as rituals, and representations of the internal sense. 'Judgments' signify the internal parts...

today
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

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

days
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

ground
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...

jehovah
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...

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...

gives
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...

three
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

sun
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

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

flee
Flight, as in Matthew 14:20, signifies removal from a state of the good of love and innocence. Flight, as in Mark 8:18, signifies the last...

companion
In the Bible, there is a careful distinction between the word “brother” and the word “companion” or “friend.” That’s partly because the people of Israel...

hated
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

fleeing
Flight, as in Matthew 14:20, signifies removal from a state of the good of love and innocence. Flight, as in Mark 8:18, signifies the last...

one
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...

cities
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...

wilderness
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...

Gilead
Mount Gilead, as in Genesis 31:21, 23, as a boundary, in a spiritual sense, signifies the first good, which is that of things pertaining to...

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

statutes
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...

judgments
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...

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

dwelt
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...

heshbon
'Heshbon,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:3, signifies the fructification of truth in the natural self.

moses
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...

Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.

israel
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

smote
'To smite' signifies condemnation. 'To smite,' as in Genesis 14:15, signifies vindication. 'To smite,' as in Genesis 32:8, signifies destruction. 'To smite the earth with...

egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

land
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...

Og
'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.

king of Bashan
'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.

two
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...

kings
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...

rising
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

lip
'A lip' signifies doctrine. A lip,' as in Isaiah 6:3, 7, signifies the interior parts of a person, consequently, internal worship, where adoration is grounded....

brook
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.

mount
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

Hermon
'The dew of Hermon' signifies divine truth.

jordan
The river Jordan separates the land of Canaan from the lands to the east. This separation represents the division of the human mind into an internal...

sea
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

under
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

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 Angel Tells Moses What to Write
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Deeper Meaning to the Bible
Worship Talk | Ages over 18


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.


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