Numbers 22

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1 And the sons of Israel journeyed, and encamped in the deserts of Moab across the Jordan by Jericho.

2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

3 And Moab was· very ·afraid of the faces of the people, for they were many; and Moab was moved·​·with·​·loathing at the faces of the sons of Israel.

4 And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now shall the assembly lick up all that are around us, as the ox licks up the greenness of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.

5 And he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, a people has come·​·out from Egypt; behold, they cover the eye of the earth, and they are sitting next·​·to me.

6 And go now, I pray thee, curse for me this people; for he is too numerous for me; perhaps I shall prevail, that we may smite him, and that I may drive· him ·out from the land; for I know that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian went, and the divinations were in their hand*; and they came to Balaam, and spoke to him the words of Balak.

8 And he said to them, Pass·​·the·​·night here tonight, and I will return you word, as Jehovah shall speak to me; and the princes of Moab dwelt with Balaam.

9 And God came to Balaam, and said, Who are these men with thee?

10 And Balaam said to God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,

11 Behold, there is a people gone·​·out from Egypt, and he covers the eye of the earth; go now, curse him for me; perhaps I shall be·​·able to fight with him, and drive· him ·out.

12 And God said to Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.

13 And Balaam rose·​·up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, Go to your land; for Jehovah refuses to allow me to Go with you.

14 And the princes of Moab rose·​·up, and they came to Balak, and said, Balaam refuses to go with us.

15 And Balak added yet·​·again to send princes, more, and more honorable than those.

16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, withhold thee from coming* to me;

17 for honoring I will honor thee exceedingly, and I will do all that thou sayest to me; go now, I pray thee, curse for me this people.

18 And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, If Balak would give to me his house full of silver and gold, I am not able to go·​·beyond the mouth of Jehovah my God, to do less or more.

19 And now, I pray you, dwell ye also in this place tonight, and I will know what Jehovah will again speak with me.

20 And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call thee, rise·​·up, go with them; but surely the word which I speak to thee, it shalt thou do.

21 And Balaam rose·​·up in the morning, and saddled his she·​·donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.

22 And the anger of God was·​·fierce because he went; and the angel of Jehovah stood·​·forth in the way to be an opponent to him. And he was riding on his she·​·donkey, and his two lads were with him.

23 And the she·​·donkey saw the angel of Jehovah standing·​·up in the way, and his sword drawn in His hand; and the she·​·donkey turned·​·aside out·​·of the way, and went into the field; and Balaam smote the she·​·donkey, to turn her into the way.

24 But the angel of Jehovah stood in a lane of the vineyards, a fence being on this side, and a fence on that side.

25 And the she·​·donkey saw the angel of Jehovah, and she pressed· herself ·against the wall, and pressed· the foot of Balaam ·against the wall; and he smote her again.

26 And the angel of Jehovah passed·​·on again, and stood in a strait place, where there was no way to go·​·aside either to the right hand or to the left hand.

27 And the she·​·donkey saw the angel of Jehovah, and she couched under Balaam; and Balaam’s anger was·​·fierce, and he smote the she·​·donkey with a stick.

28 And Jehovah opened the mouth of the she·​·donkey, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times*?

29 And Balaam said to the she·​·donkey, Because thou hast acted against me, would·​·that there·​·were a sword in my hand, for now would I kill thee.

30 And the she·​·donkey said to Balaam, Am not I thy she·​·donkey, upon which thou hast ridden as·​·long·​·as I have been thine until this day? Being·​·familiar is· this ·familiar for me to do thus to thee? And he said, No.

31 And Jehovah uncovered the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of Jehovah standing·​·up in the way, and His sword was drawn in His hand; and he bent·​·himself, and bowed· himself ·down on his face.

32 And the angel of Jehovah said to him, On· what ·account hast thou smitten thy she·​·donkey these three times? Behold, I went·​·out to be an opponent, for in·​·front·​·of Me thy way is evil.

33 And the she·​·donkey saw Me, and went·​·aside before Me these three times; perhaps she went·​·aside before Me, for by now I would have even killed thee, and let· her ·live.

34 And Balaam said to the angel of Jehovah, I have sinned; for I knew not that Thou stoodest·​·up in the way to meet me; and now, if it be·​·evil in Thine eyes, I will turn· myself ·back.

35 And the angel of Jehovah said to Balaam, Go with the men; and nothing but the word that I shall speak to thee, it thou shalt speak. And Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

36 And Balak heard that Balaam had come, and he went·​·out to meet him to a city of Moab, which is on the border of Arnon, which is at the end of the border.

37 And Balak said to Balaam, Sending did I not send to thee to call thee? Why camest thou not to me? Am· I not truly ·able to glorify thee.

38 And Balaam said to Balak, Behold, I have come to thee; now being·​·able am· I ·able to speak anything? The word that God sets in my mouth, it shall I speak.

39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came·​·to Kirjath-chuzoth.

40 And Balak sacrificed of the herd and of the flock, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

41 And it was in the morning, and Balak took Balaam, and brought· him ·up to the high·​·places of Baal, and thence he saw the edge of the people.

  
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Explanation of Numbers 22      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verse 1. The man of the church comes into a state of the adulteration of good externally.

Verses 2-4. But those who are internally in such a state fear genuine spiritual truths.

Verses 5-7. And hence they consult falsity derived from evil, which interprets the Word from selfish love.

Verses 8-14. The false teacher, however, is forbidden to cause aversion from the Lord in the truly spiritual man, and, outwardly, he is constrained to submit.

Verses 15-21. But he is now more strongly tempted by evil, inwardly desiring to comply with its promptings, notwithstanding his knowledge of the truth; and hence he is permitted to go forward in the path of error.

Verse 22. And yet Divine Truth is really opposed to him, while, by means of his rational powers he endeavours to carry out his purposes.

Verse 23. But even natural reason recognizes Divine Truth, and is afraid of it, being thereby diverted from error and urgent for the cultivation of good, while evil is persistent, and therefore injures the Rational.

Verses 24-25. Again, the progress of error is impeded by the opposition of the truth in an accommodated form, yet still the false teacher persists, the natural affections are injured, and the Rational is further perverted.

Verses 26-35. And, thirdly, Divine Truth opposes error in the state where falsity is confirmed, and the Rational is therefore prostrated, but still has power to speak, from the Lord, convincing truths; and reproof from Divine Truth Itself follows, producing repentance, but only outwardly.

Verses 36-41.And therefore the false teacher is permitted to continue his career and to come into communication with adulterated good.

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

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

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.

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...

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...

jericho
Jericho' signifies instruction and also the good of life because no one can be instructed in the truths of doctrine but he who is in...

son
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....

saw
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...

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...

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...

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...

elders
Elders are mentioned in the Bible mainly in two ways: First the elders of Israel: and second the 24 elders seated about the throne of...

midian
'Midianites' signify people who are in the truth of simple good.

assembly
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...

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,...

field
A "field" in the Bible usually represents the Lord's church, and more specifically the desire for good within the church. It's where good things start,...

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...

sent
In every instance, however, 'being sent' means coming forth, (or going forth), in the internal sense, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is...

messengers
'A messenger' signifies communication.

balaam
The Children of Israel entered the country of Moab during their long journey from Egypt toward the land of Canaan. Moab's king, Balak, was afraid...

river
'Rivers' signify truths in abundance serving the rational self, and so, the understanding, for the purpose of doctrine and life. 'Rivers' or 'floods' signify temptations....

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

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

egypt
Egyptians represent those who are in natural science, thus the natural, but the Hebrews, those who are of the church, thus respectively the spiritual. The...

cover
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extin­guished.

eye
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...

earth
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...

smite
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...

know
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

blessed
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...

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...

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...

midianites
'Midianites' signify people who are in the truth of simple good.

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...

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...

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...

night
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

tonight
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

return
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

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...

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

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

dwelt
'Inhabit' refers to good.

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...

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...

rose
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...

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

send
'To send' signifies revealing.

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...

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

honor
'Honor' signifies the good of love. 'To honor,' as mentioned in Isaiah 24:15, signifies worship and adoration. 'To honor thy father and thy mother,' as...

sayest
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...

answered
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...

servants
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...

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...

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

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

silver
'Money' relates to truth.

gold
'Money' relates to truth.

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...

dwell
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...

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...

rise
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...

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...

saddled
'To saddle,' as in Genesis 22:3, signifies preparation.

anger
Anger is an emotion so common to people that it requires no definition. However a couple of points of interest can be raised. 1) The...

angel
'A messenger' signifies communication.

way
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

riding
'To ride' signifies being elevated regarding the intellectual part of the mind. To ride upon a cherub,' as in Psalm 18:9, 10, denotes the Lord’s...

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...

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...

turn
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...

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...

smote
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.

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...

vineyards
A vineyard signifies the church where the Word is, by which the Lord is known. (Apocalypse Revealed 650)

fence
'A hedge,' as mentioned in Matthew 21:33, signifies preservation from falsities of evil which are from hell.

side
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

pressed
These verbs in the Bible indicate a conflict between two spiritual states, and the effort it takes to attain the higher state. It's easy to...

wall
'A wall' signifies truth in outer extremes. 'A wall,' as in Revelation 21, signifies the divine truth proceeding from the Lord, and so, the truth...

foot
Our feet are the lowest parts of our bodies, and they're very useful! In the Bible, feet represent the lowest and most utilitarian part of...

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...

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

under
In the Bible, things that are lower down, or under, physically, generally represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases, the...

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

smitten
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.

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...

feet
Our feet are the lowest parts of our bodies, and they're very useful! In the Bible, feet represent the lowest and most utilitarian part of...

kill
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...

long
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.

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...

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...

bowed
To bow in prayer is common in most religious practices, so it's not surprising that “to bow” in the Bible represents humility and worship in...

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...

killed
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...

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

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...

back
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

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...

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...

border
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."...

herd
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.

flock
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.

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

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