IGenesis 15

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1 Emveni kwezo zinto, lafika ilizwe likaYehova kuAbram ngombono, lisithi, Musa ukoyika, Abram; ndiyingweletshetshe yakho, umvuzo wakho omkhulu kunene.

2 Wathi uAbram, Nkosi yam, Yehova, wondinika ntoni na? Ndihamba ndingenamntwana; indlamafa yendlu yam ngulo Eliyezere waseDamasko.

3 Wathi uAbram, Yabona, akundinikanga mbewu; yabona, umntu ongowendlu yam uya kuba yindlamafa yam.

4 Nalo ilizwi likaYehova lifika kuye, lisithi, Akayi kuba yindlamafa yakho lo; ngoya kuphuma ezibilini zakhe, yena oya kuba yindlamafa yakho.

5 Wamsa phandle, wathi, Khawubheke phezulu ezulwini, uzibale iinkwenkwezi, ukuba unokuzibala; wathi kuye, Iya kuba njalo ke imbewu yakho.

6 Wakholwa kuYehova; oko wakubalela ebulungiseni kuye.

7 Wathi kuye, NdinguYehova owakukhuphayo eUre yamaKaledi, ukuba ndikunike eli lizwe, ulidle ilifa.

8 Wathi yena, Nkosi Yehova, ndiya kwazi ngantoni na, ukuba ndiya kulidla ilifa?

9 Wathi kuye, Ndithabathele ithokazi eliminyaka mithathu, nemazi yebhokhwe eminyaka mithathu, nenkunzi yemvu eminyaka mithathu, nehobe, negobo levukuthu.

10 Wamthabathela ke zonke ezo zinto, wazicanda kubini, wazibeka izahlulo, esinye sakhangelana nesinye; ke zona iintaka akazicanda.

11 Ehla amaxhalanga phezu kwezidumbu, wawaphekuza uAbram.

12 Kwathi, xa litshonayo ilanga, efikelwe uAbram bubuthongo obukhulu, wabo na efikelwa kukothuka nabubumnyama obukhulu.

13 Wathi kuAbram, Yazi ke, ukuba imbewu yakho iya kuba ngumphambukeli ezweni elingelayo, ibakhonze abo, bayicinezele, iminyaka emakhulu mane.

14 Kananjalo uhlanga eya kulukhonza ndiya kulugweba; emveni koko iya kuphuma ineempahla ezininzi.

15 Ke wena uya kuya kooyihlo unoxolo; ungcwatywe uyingwevu enkulu.

16 Kwesesine isizukulwana iya kubuyela apha, kuba ubugwenxa bama-Amori abukazaliseki.

17 Kwathi, lakuba litshonile ilanga, kwakuba sithokothoko, wabona kukho; iziko eliqhumayo, elinelangatye elidangazelayo, elacanda phakathi kwezo zahlulo.

18 Ngaloo mini ke uYehova wenza umnqophiso noAbram, wathi, Imbewu yakho ndiyinike eli lizwe, lithabathele emlanjeni waseYiputa, lise emlanjeni omkhulu, emlanjeni ongumEfrati:

19 amaKeni, namaKinazi, namaKadimon,

20 namaHeti, namaPerizi, namaRafa,

21 nama-Amori, namaKanan, namaGirigashi, namaYebhusi.

  

Exploring the Meaning of IGenesis 15      

Napsal(a) Emanuel Swedenborg

Here are some excerpts from Swedenborg's "Arcana Coelestia" that help explain the inner meaning of this chapter:

AC 1778. Here in the internal sense are continued the things concerning the Lord after He had endured in childhood the most severe combats of temptations, which were directed against the love which He cherished toward the whole human race, and in particular toward the church; and therefore being anxious concerning their future state a promise was made Him but it was shown at the same time what the state of the church would become toward its end when it would begin to expire; but that still a new church should revive, which would take the place of the former, and the heavenly kingdom would be immensely increased.

AC 1779. The Lord‘s consolation after the combats of temptations described (verse 1).

AC 1780. The Lord’s complaint respecting the church, that it was in externals only (verses 2, 3). A promise concerning an internal church (verse 4). Concerning its multiplication (verse 5). That the Lord is righteousness (verse 6). And unto Him alone belongs the kingdom in the heavens and on earth (verse 7).

AC 1781. And as He desired to be assured that the human race would be saved (verse 8), it was shown Him how the case is with the church, in general, specifically, and in particular (verses 9 to 17).

AC 1782. The "heifer," "she-goat," and "ram," are the representatives of the celestial things of the church; the "turtledove" and the "young pigeon" are the representatives of its spiritual things (verse 9). The church was on one side, and the Lord on the other (verse 10). The Lord would dissipate evils and falsities (verse 11). But the falsities would still infest it (verses 12, 13). From these there should be deliverance (verse 14). Thus the Lord received consolation (verse 15). But that evils would take possession (verse 16). And at last nothing hut falsities and cupidities would reign (verse 17). Then would come the Lord‘s kingdom, and a new church, the extension of which is described (verse 18). The falsities and evils to be expelled from it are the nations named (verses 19 to 21).

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