Numbers 21

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1 And King Arad the Canaanite, who dwelt·​·in the South, heard that Israel came by the way of the Atharim; and he fought against Israel, and took·​·captive from among them captives.

2 And Israel vowed a vow to Jehovah, and said, If giving Thou wilt give this people into my hand, then I will doom their cities.

3 And Jehovah hearkened to the voice of Israel, and gave·​·over the Canaanites; and they doomed them and their cities; and he called the name of the place Hormah.*

4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Suph Sea*, to go·​·around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people was shortened on the way.

5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you brought· us ·up out·​·of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, and no water; and our soul loathes this vile bread.

6 And Jehovah sent among the people the serpents, the seraphim*, and they bit the people; and many people from Israel died.

7 And the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray to Jehovah, that He remove the serpents from upon us. And Moses prayed for the people.

8 And Jehovah said to Moses, Make for thee a saraph*, and set it upon a standard; and it shall be, that every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.

9 And Moses made a serpent of bronze, and set it upon the standard, and it was, if a serpent had bitten a man, and he looked at the serpent of bronze, then he lived.

10 And the sons of Israel journeyed, and encamped in Oboth.

11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and encamped at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the rising of the sun.

12 From thence they journeyed, and encamped by the brook of Zaredh.

13 From thence they journeyed, and encamped across Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes·​·out of the borders of the Amorites; for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

14 Therefore it is said in the book, The Wars of Jehovah: Vaheb in Suphah, and the brooks, the Arnon,

15 and the watercourse of the brooks that stretches to the dwelling of Ar, and leans to the border of Moab.

16 And from thence they went to Beer; that is the well whereof Jehovah said to Moses, Gather· the people ·together and I will give to them water.

17 Then Israel sang this song, Come·​·up, O well; answer ye to it;

18 the princes dug the well, the nobles of the people dug· it ·out, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah;

19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth:

20 and from Bamoth in the ravine, that is in the field of Moab, to the head of Pisgah, that looks·​·out upon the faces of Jeshimon.

21 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,

22 Let me pass·​·through thy land; we will not go·​·aside into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink the waters of the well; we will go by the king’s high way, until we have passed·​·by thy borders.

23 And Sihon would not give Israel passage within his border; but Sihon gathered all his people, and went·​·out to meet Israel toward the wilderness; and he came toward Jahaz, and fought with Israel.

24 And Israel smote him with the mouth of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon to Jabbok, even·​·to the sons of Ammon; for the border of the sons of Ammon was strong.

25 And Israel took all these cities; and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her villages*.

26 For Heshbon, it was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and he had fought against the first king of Moab, and taken all his land out·​·of his hand, even·​·to Arnon.

27 Therefore the Enunciators say, Come·​·into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and established;

28 for there is a fire gone·​·out of Heshbon, a flame from the walled·​·city of Sihon; it has devoured Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high·​·places of Arnon.

29 Woe to thee, Moab! Thou art perished, O people of Chemosh; he has given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity to Sihon king of the Amorites.

30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even·​·to Dibon, and we have desolated them even·​·to Nophah, which is even·​·to Medeba.

31 And Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

32 And Moses sent them to spy·​·out Jaazer, and they took its villages, and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

33 And they turned and went·​·up by the way of Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan went·​·out to meet them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

34 And Jehovah said to Moses, Fear him not; for I have given him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.

35 And they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until not a survivor was left for him; and they possessed his land.

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Explanation of Numbers 21      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verses 1-3. A temptation from the merely natural man, through its rational faculty, is described.

Verses 4-9. Another temptation causing distress on account of falsities from evil, during which there is a tendency to return to merely natural states, and sensual lusts prevail; but there is application to the Word, and earnest prayer for deliverance, and then revelation that the Lord's Human is to be made Divine through temptations, and that, therefore, every one in the church has power from Him, by faith, to overcome the promptings of the sensual life.

Verses 10-20. Other changes of state in which the man of the church is protected.

Verses 21-35. And lastly, he is disposed, in another state of temptation, to temporize with evils in general; but discovering his error, resists his enemies, both generally and in particular, by the help of the Lord, and thus the external man is subdued, both as to selfish love and worldly love.

Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 276, 425, 897, 1664, 1756, 2468, 2686, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 11, 49, 455, 469, 485, 775, 862

Conjugial Love 77

Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 103

True Christian Religion 265, 279


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 70, 537, 581, 727, 734

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 59

De Verbo (The Word) 15

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south
'South' denotes truth in light.

heard
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...

captives
'To be in prison,' as in Revelation 2:10, signifies being infested by evils from hell, because this is like being bound in prison, because they...

vowed
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...

vow
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...

giving
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...

voice
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

called
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...

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...

place
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

mount
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...

sea
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.

Red sea
'The Red sea' signifies hell and damnation, or temptation.

around
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.

edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

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...

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...

egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

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

bread
The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general....

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...

seraphim
'Seraphim,' as in Isaiah 6:2, signify the Word, specifically doctrine from the Word.

many
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

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

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

serpents
Serpents in the Bible represent reasoning that is based on what we know through our senses. This is the lowest and most outward mode of...

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

see
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...

serpent
Serpents in the Bible represent reasoning that is based on what we know through our senses. This is the lowest and most outward mode of...

bronze
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.

man
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...

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

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...

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...

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...

brook
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.

journeyed
'To journey' signifies the institutes and order of life.

encamped
'Pitch,' as in Genesis 14:10, denotes lusts. 'Burning pitch,' as in Isaiah 34:9, signifies direful fantasies.

book
(Rev. 10:9.) "And I went unto the angel, saying, give me the little book," signifies the faculty of perceiving the quality of the Word from...

wars
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...

wars of Jehovah
The historical and prophetical parts of the ancient Word, quoted by Moses, were called the wars of Jehovah and the enunciations.

dwelling
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...

gather
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

song
'The sound of musical instruments' corresponds to affections of spiritual and celestial love.

answer
To "answer" generally indicates a state of spiritual receptivity. Ultimately this means being receptive to the Lord, who is constantly trying to pour true ideas...

princes
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.

dug
In general, digging in the Bible means applying your own mind, your own faculties to find or create spiritual things. This is reflected in common...

lawgiver
'A lawgiver,' as in Numbers 21:18, signifies the Lord.

field
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

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....

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...

messengers
'A messenger' signifies communication.

pass
'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...

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...

fields
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

vineyards
'A vine' signifies spiritual good and truth. 'A vine' or 'vineyard' signifies the church where the Word, and the Lord in it, is known, or...

drink
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...

well
In Genesis 21, 'wells' signify doctrines, both those disputed and not disputed. Without this significance digging wells and disputing about them would have been too...

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...

borders
A border as in Isaiah 54:12 signifies the scientific and sensual principle. "And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand-breath round about."...

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...

gathered
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...

wilderness
'The wilderness of Sin,' as in Exodus 16, signifies the good from truth in a state of temptation.

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

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...

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...

Ammon
Ammonite and Moabite ('Deuteronomy 23:3'), signify the profanation of the celestial and spiritual things of faith.

border
Often translated as “edge,” “border,” “boundary,” “outskirts,” “far places” and other ways, this term is used in the Bible for the farthest reaches of an...

cities
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

first
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...

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...

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...

city
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

built
To build something generally means to put together a variety of simpler pieces to make a useful and more complex structure, as to build a...

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...

flame
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...

devoured
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...

Ar
Ar, mentioned in Deuteronomy 2:17, signifies good not as yet defiled with falsities.

Ar of Moab
Ar of Moab, mentioned in Isaiah 15:1 signifies the doctrine of those who are in truths from the natural man.

high
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

moab
'Moab,' in a positive sense, signifies people who are in natural good, and allow themselves to be easily seduced, but in an opposite sense, it...

Chemosh
Nebo, Kiriathaim, Misgab, Sibmah, Jaser, and Chemosh,' as in Jeremiah 48:1, signify the false principles which taint people who are principled in natural good.

daughters
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

captivity
Captivity and spoil (Daniel 11:33) signifies the deprivation of every truth and good.

Dibon
'Holon, Jahazah, Mephaath, Dibon, Nebo, Beth-diblathaim, Kiriathaim, Beth-gamu, Beth-meon, Kerioth, Bozrah,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 48:21-26, signify the kinds of the false principle, whereby those...

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...

sent
'To send' signifies revealing.

spy
'Spies,' as in Genesis 42:9, denote people who learn the church's truth only for gain.

turned
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

way
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...

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.

meet
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...

battle
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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

given
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...

dwelt
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

heshbon
In Isaiah 16:9, 'Jazer,' 'the vine of Sibmah,' and 'Heshbon and Elealeth,' signify the people of the external church, who explain the Word to favor...

smote
To strike or smite, when used in the Bible, means to attack, harm or destroy, and is usually in reference to an attack on someone’s...

land
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...

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