Numbers 25

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1 And Israel dwelt in Shittim, and the people began to commit·​·harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed·​·down to their gods.

3 And Israel knotted· himself ·together to Baal-peor; and the anger of Jehovah was·​·fierce against Israel.

4 And Jehovah said to Moses, Take all the head men of the people, and hang· them ·up before Jehovah in·​·front·​·of the sun, that the fierce anger of Jehovah may be turned·​·back from Israel.

5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, Kill ye each·​·man his men who were knotted·​·together to Baal-peor.

6 And, behold, a man of the sons of Israel came and offered to his brothers a Midianitish woman in the eyes of Moses, and in the eyes of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and they were weeping before the entrance of the Tabernacle of the congregation.

7 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, and he rose·​·up from the midst of the congregation, and took a lance in his hand;

8 and he came after the man of Israel into the place·​·of·​·scortation, and thrust· the two of them ·through, the man of Israel, and the woman for her scortation. And the striking* was restrained from on the sons of Israel.

9 And those who died in the striking were four and twenty thousand.

10 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned·​·back My fury from upon the sons of Israel, when he was zealous in My zeal in the midst of them, and I consumed· not ·all of the sons of Israel in My zeal.

12 Therefore say, Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace;

13 and it shall be for him, and for his seed after him, even the covenant of an eternal priesthood; that he was·​·zealous for his God, and made·​·atonement for the sons of Israel.

14 And the name of the man of Israel smitten, who was smitten with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a chief of a house of a father of the Simeonites.

15 And the name of the Midianitish woman who was smitten was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, the house of a father in Midian.

16 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

17 Be·​·an·​·adversary against the Midianite, and smite them;

18 for they were adversaries to you with their plots, with which they plotted against you over the matter of Peor, and over the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a chief of Midian, their sister, who was smitten in the day of the striking on·​·account·​·of the matter of Peor.

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Explanation of Numbers 25      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verses 1-5. The man of the Spiritual Church, before being made perfect, claims merit to himself for his good deeds, and consequently worship is profaned by falsity; and revelation takes place that such worship and its falsifications must be destroyed.

Verses 6-9. For by such worship the church is not only in secret, but openly corrupted, except that those who are in good, and in a state of temptation, zealously destroy it in themselves, and thus completely.

Verses 10-13. Concerning the happy state, even to eternity, of those who are in celestial-natural good and thus overcome.

Verses 14-15. The quality of the wicked who thus profane good and truth is described, and involves separation from the church, a state of confirmation in evil and falsity externally, and of the violation of the heavenly marriage internally.

Verses 16-18. Wherefore the man of the church is instructed that he must persistently oppose the deceitful insinuations of all falsity from evil.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Explained 141


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 1038, 3242, 5044, 8286, 8998, 10652

Apocalypse Revealed 53, 114, 144

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 101

True Christian Religion 264


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 140, 144, 401, 555, 655, 746

Spiritual Experiences 1995

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Významy biblických slov

dwelt
'Inhabit' refers to good.

daughters
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

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

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...

gods
The Lord is called "Jehovah" in the Bible when the text is referring to his essence, which is love itself. He is called "God" when...

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...

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

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...

Fierce anger
'Fierce anger,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies grievous aversion from good.

anger
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

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...

judges
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...

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...

men
"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...

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

brothers
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...

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...

entrance
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...

tabernacle
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...

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...

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...

congregation
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.

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...

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...

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...

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

four
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

twenty
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything, or fullness, because it is ten twice. In Genesis 18:31, 'twenty', like all numbers occurring in the...

thousand
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...

aaron
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...

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...

back
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...

fury
Fury is a receding from good, and anger is a receding from truth.

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

midst
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

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...

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...

peace
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...

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...

after
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...

eternal
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

priesthood
'The priesthood' represents the Lord regarding the work of salvation, because this proceeds from the divine good of his divine love. 'The priesthood of Aaron,...

zealous
Jealous' or 'zealous,' in Genesis 30:1, signifies an aspect of indignation.

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Woman
'Virgin' and 'woman,' in the Word, signify the affection of good.

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....

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...

father
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...

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...

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...

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...

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

midian
'Simran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Jishbak, and Shuah,' as in Genesis 25:2, represent the general divisions of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom, in the heavens and in...

sister
The Lord calls people who are in truth from the good of charity from Him 'sisters,' as in Matthew 12:50. 'Sister' denotes intellectual truth, when...

smitten
'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...

day of
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.

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...


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