Numbers 32

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1 And multitude of livestock for the sons of Reuben and for the sons of Gad was very numerous; and they saw the land of Jaazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock,

2 the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came and said to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and to the chiefs of the congregation, saying,

3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon,

4 the land which Jehovah smote before the congregation of Israel, it is a land for livestock, and thy servants have livestock;

5 and they said, If we have·​·found grace in thine eyes, let this land be given to thy servants for a possession; bring· us not ·across the Jordan.

6 And Moses said to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, Shall your brothers go·​·in to battle, and you shall sit here?

7 And why do you discourage the heart of the sons of Israel from going·​·across into the land which Jehovah has given to them?

8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to see the land,

9 and they went·​·up to the brook of Eshcol, and saw the land; they discouraged the heart of the sons of Israel, that they should not go·​·in to the land which Jehovah had given them.

10 And Jehovah’s anger was·​·fierce in that day, and He promised, saying,

11 Shall the men who went·​·up out·​·of Egypt, from a son of twenty years and upward, see the ground which I promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob? for they have not fully followed after Me;

12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezzite, and Joshua the son of Nun; for they have fully followed after Jehovah.

13 And the anger of Jehovah was·​·fierce against Israel, and He made them meander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation who had done the evil in the eyes of Jehovah was entirely consumed.

14 And, behold, you have risen·​·up in your fathers’ stead, a multiplying of men, sinners, to add yet·​·again onto the fierce anger of Jehovah toward Israel.

15 If you turn·​·back from following after Him, then He will yet again place them in the wilderness; and you shall destroy all this people.

16 And they approached him, and said, We will build fences of the flock for our livestock here, and cities for our infants;

17 but we ourselves will hurry armed before the sons of Israel, until we have brought them to their place; and our infants shall dwell in the fortified cities on·​·account·​·of those dwelling·​·in the land.

18 We will not return to our houses, until the sons of Israel have inherited each·​·man his inheritance.

19 For we will not inherit with them from the crossing of the Jordan and beyond; for our inheritance has come to us from the crossing of the Jordan toward the sunrise.

20 And Moses said to them, If you will do this thing, if you will go armed before Jehovah to war,

21 and will cross· all of you armed ·over the Jordan before Jehovah, until He has dispossessed His enemies from before Him,

22 and the land be subdued before Jehovah; then after this you shall return, and be innocent before Jehovah, and before Israel; and this land shall be to you for a possession before Jehovah.

23 But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against Jehovah; and know that your sin will find you.

24 Build for yourselves cities for your infants, and fences for your flock; and you shall do that which has gone·​·out from your mouth.

25 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben said to Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord commands.

26 Our infants, our wives, our livestock, and all our beasts, shall be there in the cities of Gilead;

27 but thy servants will cross·​·over, every man armed for the army, before Jehovah for the battle, as my lord speaks.

28 And as·​·to them Moses commanded Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the sons of Israel;

29 and Moses said to them, If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben will cross· with you ·over the Jordan, every man armed for the battle, before Jehovah, and the land shall be subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession;

30 but if they will not cross·​·over with you armed, then they shall have·​·possession in your midst in the land of Canaan.

31 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben answered, saying, What Jehovah has spoken to thy servants, so we will do.

32 We will cross·​·over armed before Jehovah into the land of Canaan, and the possession of our inheritance across the Jordan may be with us.

33 And Moses gave to them, even to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, and to the half tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with her cities in the borders, the cities of the land all around.

34 And the sons of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

35 and Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah,

36 and Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran, fortified cities; and fences for the flock.

37 And the sons of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,

38 and Nebo, and Baalmeon, their names being changed*, and Sibmah; and they called by names the names of the cities which they built.

39 And the sons of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it.

40 And Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt in her.

41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took her hamlets, and called them Havoth-jair*.

42 And Nobah went and captured Kenath, and her villages*, and called her Nobah, after his own name.

  
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Explanation of Numbers 32      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verses 1-4. The perception of the natural man from the Lord or the perception of those who are in faith and good works in the external church, that various truths, which have been applied to selfish purposes, are to be rendered useful to the man of the church.

Verse 5. They perceive also that the delights of the external man are to be kept distinct from those of the internal man.

Verses 6-15. But Divine Truth teaches that the spiritual man cannot engage successfully in temptation without the co-operation of the natural man; that the separated natural man hinders and opposes the progress of the spiritual towards the heavenly life, either causing a long series of temptations, or condemnations and vastation, and that therefore a caution is necessary to the natural man who desires to enjoy his own peculiar delights.

Verses 16-32. But the new natural man is willing to co-operate with the spiritual man in the subjugation of evil, while still desiring to live his own life distinctly; and this is agreeable to Divine Truth, to Divine Good, and to the primary truths of the church.

Verses 33-38. And hence it actually happens that those who are in good works, and those who are in faith, in the external church come into the possession of the natural powers establishing themselves in doctrines of good and truth according te their requirements.

Verses 39-42. And hence, too, it follows that the new will of good is firmly established in the inmost of the natural man; the general evil principle being expelled; the interior natural is enlightened and confirmed in Divine Truths; and even the sensual man shares in the purification.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Explained 434, 435

Apocalypse Revealed 352


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 730, 2280, 4117, 4759, 9437, 10076, 10225


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 440, 633, 654

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multitude
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...

livestock
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...

reuben
'Reuben,' in the highest sense, signifies omniscience. In a spiritual sense, he signifies wisdom, intelligence, science, and faith. In a natural sense, he signifies sight....

gad
Gad, in a supreme sense, signifies omnipotence; in a spiritual sense, the good of life, or use; and in a natural sense, works. Gad, in...

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...

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...

Gilead
Gilead, as in Genesis 31:21, 23, was a boundary of the land of Canaan, in a wide sense. In the spiritual sense, it means "the...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

jazer
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...

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...

Nebo
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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

found
Finding, or being found, can have different meanings in the Word, depending on the context. Here are two examples, From Arcana Coelestia 5756, 'Behold, the...

eyes
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...

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...

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,...

jordan
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...

brothers
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

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...

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...

sit
'To sit before Jehovah' is to be with Him, and so, it also means willing and acting from Him. 'To stand before Him,' is to...

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...

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

going
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...

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

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...

sent
'To send' signifies revealing.

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...

brook
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.

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

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...

egypt
In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the...

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....

twenty
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Abraham
Abraham (or Abram, as he is named in the beginning of his story) was the ancestor of all the Children of Israel, through his son...

isaac
'Isaac' represents spiritual love. 'Isaac,' in Genesis 17:19, signifies the rational divine. 'Isaac' signifies the Lord's divine rational in reference to divine good. Isaac' signifies...

Jacob
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...

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...

caleb
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joshua
Joshua, the son of Josedech the high-priest,' as in Zechariah 3:1, signifies the law, or the Word.

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

forty
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...

generation
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...

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...

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

turn
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back
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following
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build
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cities
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dwell
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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...

return
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houses
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inherited
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...

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...

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...

inherit
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...

come
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

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...

enemies
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...

sin
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

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...

find
Finding, or being found, can have different meanings in the Word, depending on the context. Here are two examples, From Arcana Coelestia 5756, 'Behold, the...

flock
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

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...

my lord
Characters in the Bible will often address others using the term “my lord,” and it seems to be no more than an expression of respect....

lord
In most cases, a "master" in the Bible refers to truth: knowledge, an understanding of the situation at hand, an understanding of the Lord's wishes,...

wives
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has six different common words which are generally translated as "wife," which largely overlap but have different nuances. Swedenborg...

beasts
"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...

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...

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,...

heads
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....

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...

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...

Land of Canaan
The land of Canaan' in the Word, means love, and consequently, the will of the celestial self.

canaan
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...

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...

half
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.

manasseh
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.

joseph
Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, is one of the favorite characters in the Bible, with his troubles, his triumphs over them, and his constant trust in...

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.

borders
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...

built
There are really two meanings for "build" in the Bible. When something is being built for the first time, or built in the most typical...

Kiriathaim
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.

names
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...

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

sibmah
'Sibmah' signifies the members of the external church, who explain the Word to favor worldly love.

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

machir
Machir' signifies the same as 'Manasseh' because Machir was the son of Manasseh.

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...

captured
"Catching" is used in a variety of ways in the Bible, both positive and negative. Thieves get caught; the Egyptians caught up with the Children...

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...

own
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...

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...


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