Nahum 3

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1 Woe to the city of bloods*! All of her is full of denial* and rapine; the prey departs not;

2 the voice of a whip, and the voice of the quaking of the wheels, and of the trotting horses, and of the skipping chariots.

3 The horseman makes both the flame of the sword and the lightning of the spear to go·​·up; and there is a multitude of slain, and a heavy heap of corpses, and no end of bodies—they stumble on their bodies—

4 from the multitude of the harlotries of the harlot of good grace*, the mistress of sorceries, who sells nations by her harlotries, and families by her sorceries.

5 Behold, I am against thee, says Jehovah of Armies; and I will reveal thy skirts on thy faces, and I will cause nations to see thy nakedness, and kingdoms thy disgrace.

6 And I will cast detestable things on thee, and disparage thee, and will set thee as something to·​·see.

7 And it shall be, that all they who see thee shall flee·​·away from thee, and say, Nineveh is devastated; who will be·​·sorry for her? Whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

8 Art· thou ·better than No of Amon, that was sitting on the rivers, with the waters all around her, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

9 Cush was her strength*, and Egypt, and there was no end of them; Put and Lubim were thy help.

10 Yet even she was exiled, she went into captivity; even her babes were dashed at the head of all the streets; and they cast lots upon her honored ones, and all her great ones were chained in shackles.

11 Thou also shalt be·​·drunken; thou shalt be hidden; thou also shalt seek a stronghold away from the enemy.

12 All thy fortresses shall be like fig·​·trees with the firstfruits: if swayed, then they shall fall on the mouth of the eater.

13 Behold, thy people in the midst·​·of thee are women; the gates of thy land opening shall be opened to thine enemies; the fire shall eat·​·up thy bars.

14 Draw for thyself waters for the siege; make·​·firm thy fortifications; come into the mud and trample the clay; repair the brickkiln.

15 There shall the fire eat· thee ·up; the sword shall cut· thee ·off; it shall eat· thee ·up as the grub. Multiply thyself as the grub! Multiply thyself as the locust!

16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants more than the stars of the heavens; the grub strips, and flies away.*

17 Thy crowned are as the locust, and thine emperors as the locust of locusts, which camp in the fences in the day of cold, but the sun rises and they flee·​·away, and their place is not known where they are.

18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; thy magnificent ones shall inhabit the dust; thy people are spread·​·out on the mountains, and no·​·one brings· them ·together.

19 There is no scar for healing* thy breaking; thy blow is desperate*; all who hear the rumor of thee shall clap the palm of the hands against thee, for upon whom has not thine evil passed continually?



Exploring the Meaning of Nahum 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Nahum 3, the inner meaning is mostly teaching us about the need to reason from a sound spiritual foundation -- to root out false ideas, adopt true ones, and genuinely live by them.

In Nahum 3:1-4, All those who would like to destroy the truths of the Lord’s church will be gathered in the spiritual world; they gravitate towards each other, and essentially form hellish societies.

This is explained further, in Nahum 3:5-7: In the spiritual world it becomes impossible for evil people to hide their true loves behind a pretense of being good.

In Nahum 3:8-17, the inner meaning is that any doctrinal truths will be forgotten by those people, because they have lost all desire to know them, and certainly all desire to use them as a guide to behavior.

Nahum 3:18 makes the point that human reason isn't a reliable foundation. Assyria stands for the ability to reason, but if it starts from an unsound framework, it's not useful.

Nahum 3:19 hammers the point home: There is nothing of any soundness left in them.

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Exploring the Meaning of Nahum 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Nahum 3, the inner meaning is mostly teaching us about the need to reason from a sound spiritual foundation -- to root out false ideas, adopt true ones, and genuinely live by them.

In Nahum 3:1-4, All those who would like to destroy the truths of the Lord’s church will be gathered in the spiritual world; they gravitate towards each other, and essentially form hellish societies.

This is explained further, in Nahum 3:5-7: In the spiritual world it becomes impossible for evil people to hide their true loves behind a pretense of being good.

In Nahum 3:8-17, the inner meaning is that any doctrinal truths will be forgotten by those people, because they have lost all desire to know them, and certainly all desire to use them as a guide to behavior.

Nahum 3:18 makes the point that human reason isn't a reliable foundation. Assyria stands for the ability to reason, but if it starts from an unsound framework, it's not useful.

Nahum 3:19 hammers the point home: There is nothing of any soundness left in them.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 224


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 309, 1164, 1166, 1296, 2851, 5433, 6669, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 134, 213, 298, 334, 337, 424, 437, ...

Doctrine of Life 79

True Christian Religion 314, 322


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 141, 177, 240, 355, 403, 408, 540, ...

The White Horse - Appendix 1

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 58

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

bloods
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

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

Rapine
'Rapine' signifies violence offered by the false principle.

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,...

wheels
'Wheels,' as in Exodus 14:25, signify the power of proceeding and divine intelligence. 'Wheels,' as in Isaiah 5:28, signify the doctrine of natural truth. 'Wheels,'...

horses
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...

horseman
'A horseman' signifies intelligence, or one who is intelligent. 'A horseman,' as mentioned in Revelation 9:16, signifies reasonings concerning faith alone. 'A horseman' can also...

sword
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

lightning
'Lightning' is the radiance and brilliance of God's truth.

spear
'Spears and swords' signify truths adapted to spiritual warfare.

multitude of slain
'A multitude of slain' relates to people who perish from falsities, and 'a great number of carcasses,' of people who perish from evils, as in...

slain
'A multitude of slain' relates to people who perish from falsities, and 'a great number of carcasses,' of people who perish from evils, as in...

stumble
To 'stumble' denotes being scandalized or offended, and falling, as a result, from truths into falsities.

harlot
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.

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...

sorceries
'A witch,' as in Exodus 22:18 and 2 Samuel 28, signifies the falsities of the evil of self-love, conjoined with the things pertaining to the...

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...

families
Families (as in Genesis 8:19) signify goodnesses and truths arranged in man by the Lord, according to order. See Secrets of Heaven 917. In Nahum...

says
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...

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...

armies
Armies of the heavens and the sands of the sea ('Jeremiah 33:15-22') signify the knowledges of truth and good in the spiritual and natural ma{ign21}

skirts
In Isaiah 6:1, 'the train of the Lord' signifies in general the divine proceeding, and specifically the divine truth which is in the extremities of...

faces
“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...

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...

nakedness
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.

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...

nineveh
'Nineveh' signifies the falsities of doctrinal matters, also the Gentiles, or the falsities originating in the fallacies of the senses, in the obscurity of an...

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...

comforters
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...

No
'No,' as in Ezekiel 30:15, denotes doubt in a state of temptation.

rivers
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.

rampart
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.

sea
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wall
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egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

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

head
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

streets
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...

lots
On the most internal level, the stories of Abraham tell us about the Lord's development in his own childhood, with Abraham representing the Lord's spiritual...

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;...

enemy
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...

fig
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...

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...

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...

women
The word "woman" is used a number of different ways in the Bible – as a simple description, as someone connected to a man ("his...

gates
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.

land
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

opening
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

opened
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

enemies
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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...

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...

bars
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals

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

locust
Grasshoppers signify the same as locusts: the false which vastates the extremes of the natural part of the mind.

merchants
'Merchants' signify people who have knowledges of good and truth. Merchants,' as in Nahum 3:16, signify people who falsify the Word, and communicate, and sell.

Stars of the heavens
'The stars of the heavens,' as in Genesis 22:17, signify spiritual people. Throughout the Word, these people are compared to stars from the knowledge of...

heavens
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

fly
To fly, when spoken of the Lord, signifies to foresee and to provide. To fly, when predicated of the Lord, also signifies omnipresence. To fly...

stripped
As in Micah 1:8, 'to be stripped' signifies being without goods, and 'to be naked' signifies being without truths.

locusts
'Locusts' signify falsities in the extremes, which consume the truths and goods of the church in a person. 'The locusts' which John the Baptist ate...

day
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day of
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sun
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rises
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place
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...

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...

shepherds
The Writings tell us that shepherds represent those who lead and teach others, using knowledge and true ideas to help people reach the goodness of...

mountains
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

healing
'Healing' signifies reformation by truth derived by good. 'Healing in his wings,' as mentioned in Malachi 3:20, signifies reformation by divine truth from good.

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...

hands
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.

evil
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

passed
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...


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