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Ezekiel 16

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1 Verder het die woord van die HERE tot my gekom en gesê:

2 Mensekind, maak aan Jerusalem sy gruwels bekend

3 en : So spreek die Here HERE tot Jerusalem: Jou afkoms en jou geboorte is uit die land van die Kanaäniete; jou vader was 'n Amoriet en jou moeder 'n Hetitiese vrou.

4 En wat jou geboorte aangaan--die dag toe jy gebore is, is jou nawelstring nie afgesny nie; en jy is nie met water gewas om jou te reinig nie; ook is jy nie met sout ingevrywe of in doeke toegedraai nie.

5 Geen oog het medelyde met jou gehad om vir jou een van hierdie dinge te doen, om vir jou jammer te wees nie; maar jy is op die oop veld gegooi uit afsku vir jou lewe, die dag toe jy gebore is.

6 En Ek het by jou verbygegaan en jou sien spartel in jou bloed; toe het Ek vir jou gesê in jou bloed: Leef! Ja, Ek het vir jou gesê in jou bloed: Leef!

7 Ontelbaar, soos die uitspruitsels van die veld, het Ek jou gemaak! En jy het gegroei en groot geword en die hoogste bloei bereik; jou borste het styf geword, en jou hare het gegroei, maar jy was naak en bloot.

8 En Ek het by jou verbygegaan en jou gesien, en kyk, jou tyd was die tyd van liefde. Toe het Ek my vleuel oor jou uitgesprei en jou naaktheid toegedek. Ja, Ek het vir jou gesweer en met jou 'n verbond aangegaan, spreek die Here HERE, en jy het myne geword.

9 Daarop het Ek jou met water gewas en jou bloed van jou afgespoel en jou met olie gesalf.

10 Ook het Ek jou beklee met veelkleurige klere en vir jou skoene van robbevel gemaak, en Ek het jou gehul in fyn linne en jou oordek met sy.

11 Verder het Ek jou met sierade versier en armbande aan jou hande gesit en 'n ketting om jou hals.

12 En Ek het 'n ring aan jou neus gesit en oorringe aan jou ore en 'n pragtige kroon op jou hoof.

13 Ja, jy het jou versier met goud en silwer, en jou klere was fyn linne en sy en veelkleurige stowwe; jy het fynmeel en heuning en olie geëet, en jy was buitengewoon mooi en so voorspoedig dat jy koninklike waardigheid bereik het.

14 Daarby het daar 'n naam van jou af uitgegaan onder die nasies vanweë jou skoonheid, want dit was volmaak deur my versiersels wat Ek op jou aangebring het, spreek die Here HERE.

15 Maar jy het vertrou op jou skoonheid en gehoereer vanweë jou naam; en jy het jou hoererye uitgestort op elkeen wat verbygegaan het, dat dit syne sou wees.

16 En jy het van jou klere geneem en vir jou kleurige hoogtes gemaak en op hulle gehoereer--dinge wat nie voorgekom het nie en nie moet wees nie.

17 Daarby het jy jou versiersels uit my goud en my silwer geneem wat Ek jou gegee het, en jy het vir jou beelde van manne gemaak en daarmee gehoereer.

18 En jy het jou veelkleurige klere geneem en dié beelde omhul; jy het ook my olie en my reukwerk voor hulle neergesit.

19 En my brood wat Ek jou gegee het--fynmeel en olie en heuning waarmee Ek jou gespysig het--dit het jy voor hulle neergesit as 'n lieflike reuk; ja, so was dit, spreek die Here HERE.

20 Verder het jy jou seuns en jou dogters geneem wat jy vir My gebaar het, en dié aan hulle geoffer om verteer te word. Was dit nie genoeg met jou hoererye nie,

21 dat jy my kinders geslag en dié oorgegee het deurdat jy hulle vir hulle deur die vuur laat gaan het?

22 Ook het jy by al jou gruwels en jou hoererye nie gedink aan die dae van jou jeug nie, toe jy naak en bloot was en gelê en spartel het in jou bloed.

23 En ná al jou boosheid--wee, wee jou! spreek die Here HERE--

24 het jy vir jou 'n verwulf gebou en vir jou 'n hoogte gemaak op elke plein;

25 by elke uitdraaiplek het jy jou hoogte gebou en jou skoonheid geskend en jou sonder skaamte aangebied aan elkeen wat verbygaan, en jy het jou hoererye vermenigvuldig.

26 Jy het ook gehoereer met die kinders van Egipte, jou baie sinlike nabure; en jy het jou hoerery vermenigvuldig om My te terg.

27 En kyk, Ek het my hand teen jou uitgestrek en die vir jou bestemde deel verminder; en Ek het jou oorgegee aan die hebsug van die wat jou haat, die dogters van die Filistyne wat hulle geskaam het oor jou ontugtige wandel.

28 Verder het jy gehoereer met die kinders van Assur, omdat jy nie bevredig was nie; ja, jy het met hulle gehoereer en is tog nie bevredig nie.

29 En jy het jou hoerery vermenigvuldig na die koopmansland, na Chaldéa; en ook daarmee is jy nie bevredig nie.

30 Hoe smagtend is jou hart, spreek die Here HERE, dat jy al hierdie dinge gedoen het, die werk van 'n onbeskaamde hoer;

31 dat jy jou verwulf by elke uitdraaiplek gebou en jou hoogte op elke plein gemaak het! Maar jy was nie eens soos 'n hoer nie, deurdat jy hoereloon gering geag het.

32 o Die vrou wat owerspel bedrywe! Terwyl sy onder haar man staan, het sy vreemdes aangeneem.

33 Hulle gee geskenke aan al die hoere, maar jy het jou geskenke aan al jou minnaars gegee en hulle gifte aangebied om van alle kante na jou te kom in jou hoererye.

34 So was daar dan by jou in jou hoererye net die teendeel van die vroue, omdat hulle jou nie agternageloop het om te hoereer nie, en deurdat jy hoereloon gegee het terwyl aan jou geen hoereloon gegee is nie; daarom was jy die teendeel.

35 Daarom, o hoer, hoor die woord van die HERE.

36 So die Here HERE: Omdat jou koper uitgestort is en jou skaamte ontbloot is deur jou hoererye met jou minnaars en met al jou afskuwelike drekgode, en vanweë die bloed van jou kinders wat jy aan hulle gegee het,

37 daarom, kyk, Ek sal al jou minnaars versamel vir wie jy aangenaam was, en almal wat jy liefgehad het, saam met almal wat jy gehaat het; en Ek sal hulle van alle kante teen jou versamel en jou naaktheid vir hulle ontbloot, sodat hulle jou hele naaktheid kan sien.

38 En Ek sal jou oordeel volgens die verordeninge van vroue wat owerspel bedrywe en bloed vergiet, en sal jou oorgee aan die bloedige dood van grimmigheid en naywer.

39 En Ek sal jou in hulle hand oorgee, en hulle sal jou verwulf afbreek en jou hoogtes omgooi en jou jou klere uittrek en jou versiersels wegneem en jou naak en bloot laat staan.

40 Dan sal hulle teen jou 'n menigte laat optrek en jou stenig en jou met hulle swaarde stukkend kap.

41 Hulle sal ook jou huise met vuur verbrand en strafgerigte teen jou oefen voor die van baie vroue; en Ek sal 'n einde aan jou hoerery maak, en jy sal ook nie meer hoereloon gee nie.

42 En Ek sal my grimmigheid tot rus bring teen jou--dan sal my ywer van jou afwyk, en Ek sal stil word en nie meer toornig wees nie.

43 Omdat jy nie gedink het aan die dae van jou jeug nie en my toorn opgewek het met al hierdie dinge--kyk, so sal Ek dan ook jou wandel op jou hoof laat neerkom, spreek die Here HERE; en het jy dan nie die skandelike daad gedoen bo al jou gruwels nie?

44 Kyk, elkeen wat spreekwoorde maak, sal 'n spreuk op jou toepas, naamlik: Soos die moeder, so haar dogter.

45 Jy is die dogter van jou moeder, wat 'n afsku gehad het van haar man en haar kinders; en jy is die suster van jou susters, wat 'n afsku gehad het van hulle mans en hulle kinders: julle moeder was 'n Hetitiese vrou, en julle vader 'n Amoriet.

46 En jou groot suster is Samaría, sy met haar dogters wat woon aan jou linkerkant; maar jou suster wat kleiner as jy is, wat aan jou regterkant woon, is Sodom met haar dogters.

47 Maar jy het nie gewandel in hulle weë en nie gehandel volgens hulle gruwels nie; net 'n kort rukkie--en jy het verderfliker gehandel as hulle in al jou weë.

48 So waar as Ek leef, spreek die Here HERE, gewis, jou suster Sodom, sy met haar dogters, het nie gehandel soos jy gehandel het, jy met jou dogters nie.

49 Kyk, dít was die ongeregtigheid van jou suster Sodom: In trotsheid, oorvloed van brood en sorgelose rus het sy en haar dogters geleef, maar sy het die hand van die arme en behoeftige nie versterk nie.

50 En toe hulle hoogmoedig was en gruwelikheid voor my aangesig bedryf het, het Ek, toe Ek dit sien, hulle weggeruim.

51 Samaría het ook nie die helfte van jou sondes gedoen nie: jy het gruwels vermenigvuldig, meer as hulle, en jy het jou susters geregverdig deur al jou gruwels wat jy gedoen het.

52 Dra dan ook jou skande, jy wat vir jou susters ingetree het: deur jou sondes wat jy gruweliker gemaak het as hulle, is hulle regverdiger as jy. Skaam jou dan ook, en dra jou skande, omdat jy jou susters geregverdig het.

53 En Ek sal hulle lot verander, die lot van Sodom en haar dogters, en die lot van Samaría en haar dogters; en Ek sal jou lot verander tussen dié twee in;

54 dat jy jou skande kan dra en jou kan skaam oor alles wat jy gedoen het deur hulle te troos.

55 En jou susters, Sodom met haar dogters, sal na hulle vorige toestand terugkeer; en Samaría met haar dogters sal na hulle vorige toestand terugkeer; en jy met jou dogters sal na julle vorige toestand terugkeer.

56 Ja, die naam van jou suster Sodom is in jou mond nie gehoor in die dag van jou trotsheid nie,

57 voordat jou boosheid geopenbaar is, soos in die tyd van versmading deur die dogters van Aram en deur almal wat daar rondom was--die dogters van die Filistyne--wat jou van alle kante verag het.

58 Jou skandelike daad en jou gruwels moet jy dra, spreek die Here HERE.

59 Want so die Here HERE: Ja, Ek doen aan jou soos jy gedoen het, wat die eedswering geminag het deur die verbond te verbreek.

60 Ewenwel sal Ek dink aan my verbond met jou in die dae van jou jeug, en Ek sal met jou 'n ewige verbond oprig.

61 Dan sal jy aan jou weë dink en skaam wees, as jy jou susters aanneem wat groter is as jy, by dié wat kleiner is as jy, en Ek hulle aan jou as dogters gee; al is dit nie kragtens die verbond met jou nie.

62 En Ek sal my verbond met jou oprig, en jy sal weet dat Ek die HERE is;

63 sodat jy kan nadink en beskaamd staan en jou mond nie meer oopmaak vanweë jou skande nie, as Ek vir jou versoening sal bewerk oor alles wat jy gedoen het, spreek die Here HERE.

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Word/Phrase Explanations

woord
'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...

HERE
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...

Jerusalem
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

geboorte
'Nativity,' as in Genesis 10:32, signifies reformation. Out of thy nativity and out of thy father's house,' as in Genesis 12:1, signifies corporeal and worldly...

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

moeder
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...

dag
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

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...

gewas
It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that “washing” in the Bible represents purification. Washing dirt from the skin is symbolic...

een
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

oog
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...

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

veld
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...

bloed
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

gesê
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...

borste
The breast (Ezek. 16:7), signifies natural good.

hare
The hair is the very outermost part of the body, and "hair" in the Bible represents the outermost expression of whatever the body represents. In...

kyk
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...

tyd
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...

vleuel
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...

gesweer
The Lord swearing by himself signifies that divine truth testifies, for He is divine truth itself, and this testifies from itself and means itself. It...

olie
Oil – typically olive oil – was an extremely important product in Biblical times, for food preparation, medicinal ointment and for burning in lamps. As...

linne
'Silk' signifies intermediate celestial good and truth. It means good because it is soft, and truth because it shines. 'Silk,' like 'fine linen,' denotes genuine...

armbande
Bracelets (Gen. 25:22) signify truth, and in this passage divine truth, because the Lord is treated of.

neus
'A blast of the breath of the nostrils' signify the same thing as 'his anger and wrath.'

goud
'Money' relates to truth.

silwer
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

heuning
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...

geëet
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...

voorspoedig
'To be made to prosper' signifies being provided for. Which is why 'Jehovah made it prosper in his hand' means Divine Providence. 

naam
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...

nasies
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

skoonheid
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.

klere
'Robes,' as in Revelation 7, signify truths of defense. Before they were washed they signified falsities. People in falsities from ignorance in the spiritual world,...

beelde
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.

voor
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...

brood
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...

reuk
Fragrance means the affection of truth derived from good.

seuns
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

dogters
"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...

gebaar
In a general sense, being "born" in the Bible represents one spiritual state producing another, usually some form of love or affection producing or "giving...

kinders
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....

boosheid
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

gebou
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.

verbygaan
'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...

Egipte
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

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...

uitgestrek
The hand in the Bible represents power, which is easy to understand, so to reach out or stretch out the hand means to exercise power,...

haat
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

Filistyne
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...

Bevredig
'What satisfies' is what nourishes the soul.

Chaldéa
Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...

werk
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...

hoer
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.

man
In general, men are driven by intellect and women by affections, and because of this men in the Bible generally represent knowledge and truth and...

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

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

ontbloot
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.

oordeel
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swaarde
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huise
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vuur
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...


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...

baie
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...

stil
When something is described as quiet, still or calm in the Bible, it represents the state of peace that comes with being aligned with the...

suster
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...

groot
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

woon
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...

Sodom
"Sodom" in the Bible represents the love of self and the love of ruling or dominating others springing from the love of self. This is...

behoeftige
'Poor' signifies someone who is not in truths, and people who are ignorant of good and truth, but desire instruction.

versterk
To 'be strengthened,' as in Genesis 21:18, signifies being supported.

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

sondes
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...

troos
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...

terugkeer
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...

mond
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...

Aram
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.

verag
To revile something – or "reproach," as it is often translated – represents making a direct and deliberate attack on what is spiritually true, in...

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

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

beskaamd
To be ashamed (Gen 2:25) signifies to be in evil

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Word/Phrase Explanations

kamele
A camel (Matt. 22:24) signifies scientific knowledge. Camels are confirming scientifics, and cattle are the knowledges of good and truth (Jer. 49:32.)

Genoeg
'Sufficiency' relates to the reception of good, because good is the spiritual nourishment of the soul, as natural food is the nourishment of the body.

gedrink
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...

man
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

twee
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...

armbande
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hande
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tien
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goud
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Arcana Coelestia # 6804

Arcana Coelestia (Elliott translation)      

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6804. 'And God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob' means on account of being joined to the Church through the Lord's Divine Human. This is clear from the meaning of 'the covenant' as a joining together, dealt with below; and from the representation of 'Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob', with whom a covenant had been made, as the Lord's Divine Human. 'Abraham' represents the Lord in respect of the Divine itself, 'Isaac' in respect of the Divine Rational, and 'Jacob' in respect of the Divine Natural, see 1893, 2011, 2066, 2072, 2083, 2630, 3194, 3210, 3245, 3251, 3305 (end), 3439, 4538, 4570, 4615, 6098, 6185, 6276, 6425. When Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are mentioned in the Word those patriarchs are not meant in the spiritual sense, as may be recognized from the consideration that names never pass through into heaven. Only what is really meant by the people who are referred to - real things, the essential nature of real things, and the states of real things, that is to say, aspects of the Church, of the Lord's kingdom, and of the Lord Himself - passes through.

(Odkazy: Arcana Coelestia 3576, 3599, 3704, 4180, 4286)


[2] But in addition to this the angels in heaven never fix their thoughts on specific persons; that would restrict their thoughts and remove them from that all-inclusive perception of real things that lies behind angelic speech. This explains why the things that the angels in heaven say are indescribable, far surpassing human thought, whose range does not extend to seeing things in their totality but is restricted to particular aspects. When one reads therefore in Matthew 8:11 that many will come from the east and the west and recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, the angels perceive the Lord's presence and the way people make the truth and goodness emanating from His Divine Human their own. Also when one reads in Luke 16bb22 that Lazarus was carried into Abraham's bosom, the angels perceive that he was carried into heaven, where the Lord is present. This too goes to show that 'a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob' means in the internal sense being joined through the Lord's Divine Human.

(Odkazy: Luke 16:22)


[3] The fact that the Divine Human is 'a covenant', that is, the actual joining together, may be seen from many places in the Word, as in Isaiah,

I will give You as a covenant of the people', a light of the nations. Isaiah 42:6.

In the same prophet,

I have given You as a covenant of the people, 1 to restore the land, to share out the devastated inheritances. Isaiah 49:8.

In the same prophet,

Incline your ear and come to Me; hear, and let your soul live. So will I make with you an eternal covenant, even the sure mercies of David. Lo, I have given Him as a witness to the peoples, a prince and lawgiver to the peoples. 2 Isaiah 55:3-4.

In Malachi,

Suddenly there comes to His temple the Lord whom you seek, and the angel of the covenant in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming. Malachi 3:1

In the second Book of Samuel,

He has established an eternal covenant for Me, to be set in order for all and to be kept safe. 2 Samuel 23:5.

[4] These places plainly refer to the Lord and to the joining of the human race to the Lord's Divine Being itself through His Divine Human. In respect of His Divine Human the Lord is the Mediator, and no one can come to the Divine Being itself within the Lord, called the Father, except through the Son, that is, the Divine Human, as is well known in the Church. Thus the Lord in respect of His Divine Human is the actual joining together. Can anyone in his thought begin to comprehend the Divine Being itself? And if he cannot do this in thought how can he be joined to the Divine itself in love? But the Divine Human anyone can comprehend in thought and be joined to in love.

(Odkazy: 1 Peter 2:5)


[5] The meaning of 'a covenant' as a joining together may be seen in the fact that covenants between countries join them together. They are bargains made by both parties which must be kept if their alliance is to remain intact. These bargains or agreements are also called a covenant. On man's side the bargains or agreements that are called 'a covenant' in the Word are in a restricted sense the ten commandments or the Decalogue. In a wider sense they are all the statutes, orders, laws, testimonies, and commandments that the Lord decreed from Mount Sinai through Moses; and in an even wider sense they are the Books of Moses. The contents of these books were what the children of Israel were required on their side to carry out. On the Lord's side it is mercy and election.

[6] The ten commandments or the Decalogue are a covenant.

This is clear from the following places: In Moses,

Jehovah declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the ten words which He wrote on two tablets of stone. Deuteronomy 4:13, 23.

And since the two tablets of stone on which the ten commandments had been written were placed in the ark, Exodus 25:16, 21, 22, 31:18; 32:15, 16, 19; 40:20, the ark was called the ark of the covenant, Deuteronomy 31:9, 24-26; Joshua 3:3, 6, 14; 4:7; Judges 20:27; 2 Samuel 15:24; 1 Kings 8:21. In the last of these references Solomon says,

I have made a place there for the ark, where there is the covenant of Jehovah which He made with our fathers.

And in John,

The temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. Revelation 11:19.

(Odkazy: Exodus 25:21-22, 32:15-16; Joshua 4:9)


[7] All the judgements and statutes which the Lord commanded the people of Israel through Moses are called a covenant; so too are the actual Books of Moses. In Moses,

According to the tenor 3 of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. Exodus 34:27.

What are called a covenant here were many regulations regarding sacrifices, feasts, and unleavened bread. In the same author,

Moses took the book of the covenant, and read it in the ears of the people, who said, All that Jehovah has spoken we will do and hear. Exodus 24:7-8.

In the second Book of Kings,

Josiah the king of Judah read before them all in the house of Jehovah the words of the book of the covenant which had been found in the house of Jehovah. And he made a covenant before Jehovah, to establish the words of the covenant that were written in that book. And all the people took a stand on the covenant. The king commanded all the people to keep the Passover to Jehovah their God, in accordance with what was written in the book of the covenant. 2 Kings 23:2-3, 21.

In David,

If your sons keep My covenant and My testimony which I have taught them, their sons also will sit even forever on your throne. Psalms 132:12.

[8] A covenant is a joining together through love and faith.

In Jeremiah,

Behold, the days are coming, said Jehovah, in which I will make with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers, for they made My covenant invalid. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days: I will put My law in the midst of them, and will write it on their heart, and I will be their God, and they will be My people. Jeremiah 31:31-33.

'Putting the law in their midst, and writing it on their heart' is endowing with faith and charity, faith and charity being the means by which the joining together described by 'I will be their God, and they will be My people' is effected. In the same prophet,

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not any more turn away from them, and I will do good to them. But I will put My fear into their heart so that they do not depart from Me. Jeremiah 32:40.

A joining together through love, which is a covenant, is meant by 'I will put My fear into their heart so that they do not depart from Me'.

[9] In Ezekiel,

I will make with them a covenant of peace; it will be an eternal covenant with them. And I will bless 4 them and will multiply them, and I will set a sanctuary in their midst, and it will be My dwelling-place among them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. Ezekiel 37:26-27.

Here a joining together through love and faith, which are a covenant, is described by 'a sanctuary in their midst' and 'dwelling-place among them', and by 'I will be their God, and they will be My people'. In the same prophet,

When I passed by you and saw you, behold, it was your time, the time of love; 5 and I entered into a covenant with you, so that you would be Mine. Ezekiel 16:8.

This refers to Jerusalem, by which the Ancient Church is meant, 'entering into a covenant, so that you would be Mine' plainly being a marriage or spiritual joining together. Since 'a covenant' means a joining together a wife is also called in Malachi 2:14 the wife of a covenant, while a joining together that exists among brothers is called in Amos 1:9 a covenant of brothers. 'A covenant' is also used in David to mean a joining together,

I have made a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David My servant. Psalms 89:3.

[10] The agreement in a covenant on the Lord's side is mercy and election. This is clear in David,

All the ways of Jehovah are mercy and truth to those keeping His covenant and His testimonies. Psalms 25:10.

In Isaiah,

The mountains will depart and the hills be removed, but My mercy will not depart from you, nor the covenant of My peace be removed, said Jehovah, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10.

In Moses,

Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God keeping covenant and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to the thousandth generation. Deuteronomy 7:9, 11.

In the same author,

If you keep My covenant, you will be to Me a peculiar treasure from among all peoples. Exodus 19:5.

In the same author,

I will have regard for you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and confirm My covenant with you. Leviticus 26:9.

'Having regard for them' is viewing with mercy. 'Making them fruitful and multiplying them' is endowing with charity and faith, and those endowed with them are called 'the elect'. Thus the words used here have to do with election and so do those which say that they will be 'a peculiar treasure'.

(Odkazy: Deuteronomy 7:12)


[11] In the representative Church they also had signs of the covenant. These served to remind people of the joining together. Circumcision was one such sign, Genesis 17:11; for circumcision was a sign meaning purification from filthy loves. After these loves are removed, heavenly love is introduced, through which a joining together is effected. The sabbath too is called an eternal covenant, Exodus 31:16; and of the loaves of the presence it is said that to the children of Israel they should be for an eternal covenant, Leviticus 24:8-9. Blood in particular was a sign, as is clear in Moses,

Moses took the book of the covenant, and read it in the ears of the people, who said, All that Jehovah has spoken we will do and hear. Then Moses took the blood of the sacrifice of a peace-offering and sprinkled it over the people, and said, Behold, the blood of the covenant which Jehovah has made with you, upon all these words. Exodus 24:7-8.

In Zechariah,

Through the blood of your covenant I will let out the bound ones from the pit in which there is no water. Zechariah 9:11.

'The blood' was the covenant or sign of the covenant because it meant a joining together through spiritual love, that is, through charity towards the neighbour. This was why, when the Lord instituted the Holy Supper, He called His blood 'the blood of the new covenant', Matthew 26:28. From all this one may now see what 'the covenant' is used to mean in the internal sense of the Word.

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Footnotes:

1. The Latin means for the people but the Hebrew means of the people, which Swedenborg has in some other places where he quotes this verse.

2. The Latin means nations but the Hebrew means peoples, which Swedenborg has in other places where he quotes this verse.

3. literally, Upon the mouth

4. literally, give

5. literally, loves

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(Odkazy: 1 Timothy 2:5; Exodus 2:24; Galatians 3:19-20; Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24; Leviticus 24:8)

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Inbound References:

Arcana Coelestia 6847, 7193, 7195, 8495, 8767, 9182, 9207, 9344, 9395, 9396, 9416, 10300, 10371, 10442, 10452, 10527, 10632, 10647, 10683

The White Horse 10

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 259


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 118, 146, 242, 252, 329, 388, 392, 700, 721


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