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Jeremiah 48

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1 Oor Moab. So die HERE van die leërskare, die God van Israel: Wee oor Nebo, want dit is verwoes; Kirjatáim staan beskaamd, dit is ingeneem; die rotsvesting is beskaamd en verskrik.

2 Uit is dit met die roem van Moab; in Hesbon het hulle onheil teen hom bedink en gesê: Kom laat ons hom uitroei, dat hy geen nasie meer is nie. Ook jy, Madmen, sal verwoes word, die swaard sal jou agtervolg.

3 Hoor! Geskreeu uit Horonáim: verwoesting en 'n groot vernieling.

4 Moab is verbreek; sy kleintjies laat 'n geskreeu hoor.

5 Want die hoogte van Luhit gaan hulle op met geween by geween; want aan die hange van Horonáim het hulle angsgeskreeu van verbreking gehoor.

6 Vlug, red julle lewe, en word soos 'n kaal bos in die woestyn!

7 Want omdat jy vertrou het op jou handelinge en op jou voorrade, sal jy ook ingeneem word; en Kamos sal uittrek in ballingskap, sy priesters en sy vorste almal saam.

8 En die verwoester sal kom oor elke stad, sodat geen stad sal vryraak nie; en die dal sal te gronde gaan, en die gelyk veld sal verwoes word, soos die HERE gesê het.

9 Gee vlerke aan Moab, want hy sal moet wegvlieg; en sy stede sal 'n woesteny word, sonder dat daar iemand in woon.

10 Vervloek is hy wat nalatig is om die werk van die HERE te doen; ja, vervloek is hy wat sy swaard van bloed terughou!

11 Moab was gerus van sy jeug af en het stil gelê op sy afsaksel, sonder dat hy leeggemaak is van vat in vat: hy het nie in ballingskap gegaan nie; daarom het sy smaak in hom gebly en sy geur nie verander nie.

12 Daarom, kyk, daar kom dae, spreek die HERE, dat Ek aftappers na hom sal stuur wat hom sal aftap en sy vate sal leegmaak en sy kruike stukkend slaan.

13 En Moab sal beskaamd staan deur Kamos, soos die huis van Israel beskaamd gestaan het deur Bet-el waar hulle op vertrou het.

14 Hoe kan julle : Ons is helde en manne bekwaam om te veg?

15 Moab is verwoes, en hulle het opgegaan in sy stede, en sy beste jongmanne het afgegaan om geslag te word, spreek die Koning wie se Naam is HERE van die leërskare.

16 Die ondergang van Moab is naby om te kom, en sy onheil is baie haastig.

17 Beklaag hom, almal wat rondom hom is en almal wat sy naam ken! : Hoe is die sterk staf, die sierlike stok gebreek!

18 Kom af uit jou heerlikheid, en sit in die dorsland, o inwoner, dogter van Dibon! Want die verwoester van Moab het teen jou opgetrek, hy het jou forte verwoes.

19 Gaan staan op die pad, en kyk uit, o inwoner van Aroër! Vra vir hom wat vlug en vir haar wat ontkom; : Wat het gebeur?

20 Moab staan beskaamd, want hy is verslae. Huil en skreeu, verkondig dit by die Arnon dat Moab verwoes is!

21 Ja, 'n oordeel het gekom oor die land van die gelykte, oor Holon en oor Jahas en oor Mefáät,

22 en oor Dibon en oor Nebo en oor Bet-Diblatáim,

23 en oor Kirjatáim en oor Bet-Gamul en oor Bet-Meon,

24 en oor Kérijot en oor Bosra, ja, oor al die stede van die land Moab, die wat ver en die wat naby is.

25 Die horing van Moab is afgekap en sy arm is verbreek, spreek die HERE.

26 Maak hom dronk, omdat hy hom groot gehou het teen die HERE, sodat Moab neerslaan in sy uitbraaksel en hy self ook 'n belagging word.

27 Want was Israel vir jou nie 'n bespotting nie? Of is hy onder die diewe betrap, dat jy die hoof geskud het so dikwels as jy van hom gespreek het?

28 Verlaat die stede en gaan woon in die rots, inwoners van Moab! En word soos 'n duif wat sy nes maak oorkant die opening van die afgrond.

29 Ons het van die trotsheid van Moab gehoor--hy is baie trots! --van sy hoogheid en sy trotsheid en sy hoogmoed en die verheffing van sy hart.

30 Ek ken sy grimmigheid, spreek die HERE, en sy onbehoorlike grootpratery; onbehoorlik het hulle gehandel.

31 Daarom sal ek oor Moab huil, ja, oor die hele Moab dit uitskreeu; oor die manne van Kir-Heres sug hulle.

32 Bo die geween van Jaéser sal ek jou beween, o wingerdstok van Sibma! Jou ranke het gegaan oor die see, tot by die see van Jaéser het hulle gekom--die verwoester het jou somervrugte en jou druiwe-oes oorval.

33 Daarom is vreugde en gejuig weggeneem uit die land van tuine en uit die land Moab, en Ek het die wyn uit die parskuipe laat verdwyn; hulle sal dit nie trap met vreugdegeroep nie; die vreugdegeroep sal geen vreugdegeroep wees nie.

34 Weens die geskreeu van Hesbon tot by Eleále, tot by Jahas het hulle hul stem verhef, van Soar af tot by Horonáim, Eglat-Selísia; want ook die waters van Nimrim sal 'n woesteny word.

35 En Ek sal in Moab 'n einde maak, spreek die HERE, aan hom wat op die hoogte offer en rook laat opgaan vir sy god.

36 Daarom klaag my hart oor Moab soos fluite, ja, my hart klaag oor die manne van Kir-Heres soos fluite; omdat die oorwins wat hulle verwerf het, verlore gegaan het.

37 Want al die hoofde is kaal en al die baarde is afgeskeer; op al die hande is snye en om die heupe is 'n roukleed.

38 Op al die dakke van Moab en op sy pleine is net rouklag, want Ek het Moab verbreek soos 'n ding waar 'n mens geen behae in het nie, spreek die HERE.

39 Hoe is hy verslae! Hulle huil. Hoe het Moab die rug gedraai met skaamte! So sal Moab dan vir almal wat rondom hom is, 'n belagging en 'n verskrikking word.

40 Want so die HERE: Kyk, hy sal vlieg soos 'n arend en sal sy vleuels oor Moab uitsprei.

41 Die stede is ingeneem, en die bergvestings is verower; en die hart van die helde van Moab sal in dié dag wees soos die hart van 'n vrou wat in nood is.

42 En Moab sal verdelg word, dat hy geen volk meer is nie, omdat hy hom groot gehou het teen die HERE.

43 Die skrik en die kuil en die strik oor jou, o inwoner van Moab, spreek die HERE.

44 Hy wat vlug vir die vrees, sal val in die kuil; en hy wat uit die kuil klim, sal gevang word in die net; want Ek sal oor hom, oor Moab, bring die jaar van hulle besoeking, spreek die HERE.

45 In die beskutting van Hesbon staan vlugtelinge sonder krag; want 'n vuur het uitgegaan uit Hesbon en 'n vlam uit die huis van Sihon, en het die slape van die hoof van Moab en die skedel van die rumoermakers verteer.

46 Wee jou, Moab! Die volk van Kamos is verlore; want jou seuns is weggeneem as gevangenes en jou dogters in gevangenskap.

47 Maar aan die einde van die dae sal Ek die lot van Moab verander, spreek die HERE. Tot sover die oordeel van Moab.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 2468

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 114


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 375, 583, 1589, 1825, 2240, 2418, 2608, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 47, 166, 194, 204, 270, 316, 485, ...

The Lord 4, 39, 53

Sacred Scripture 35, 103

Heaven and Hell 365

True Christian Religion 93, 158, 265, 683


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 195, 223, 235, 316, 376, 411, 417, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

De Verbo (The Word) 10, 15, 25

Marriage 93

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 51

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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...

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...

God
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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...

Hesbon
'Heshbon,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:3, signifies the fructification of truth in the natural self.

ons
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nasie
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swaard
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groot
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verbreek
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gehoor
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vlug
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red
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...

woestyn
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priesters
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

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

Stad
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gaan
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gee
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woon
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werk
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bloed
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stil
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smaak
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geur
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spreek
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stuur
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beskaamd
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huis
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Bet-el
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helde
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koning
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naam
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haastig
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sterk
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stok
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af
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sit
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staan
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pad
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huil
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verkondig
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oordeel
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land
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Bosra
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horing
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arm
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rots
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inwoners
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

duif
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nes
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trots
'Pride' signifies the love of self.

hart
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Jaéser
'Jaser' signifies false principles.

Sibma
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see
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wyn
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stem
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waters
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kaal
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.

hande
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heupe
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roukleed
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.

dakke
'A house-top,' as mentioned in Matthew 24:13, signifies the superior state of a person, and consequently, his state as to good.

arend
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.

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...

vrou
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

strik
'To be in a snare' signifies being taken and seduced by one’s own evil and falsity.

val
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

gevang
"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...

bring
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

besoeking
The end time of the church and each individual, is called 'the visitation,' and precedes judgment. 'Visitation' is nothing but an exploration of the quality...

vlam
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...

verteer
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...

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...

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'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the meaning of what it most closely supports, that is, the hand and arm, both of which in the Word signify the power of truth. From several passages in the books of Moses, it is very clear that the staff and the hand, represent power, and in the highest sense, the divine omnipotence of the Lord. It is also evident that in that time, the external features of the Church were made up of representatives, and that its internal features - which were spiritual and celestial realities as exist in heaven - corresponded to the external ones, which owed their power to that correspondence. A staff denotes power in the spiritual sense can also be seen in several passages in the prophets. This is also why kings had scepters, which were made like short staves, and kings represent the Lord regarding truth. 'A staff' as in Isaiah 10:24, 26, signifies power derived from reasoning and science, like the power of people who reason from scientific ideas against the truths of faith, and pervert them or downplay them.

(Odkazy: Arcana Coelestia 4013, 4876; Isaiah 10:24, 10:26)

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8581. 'behold, I [will be] standing before you there on the rock in Horeb' means the Lord in respect of the truths of faith. This is clear from the meaning of 'the rock' as faith, in this instance faith received from the Lord, or the Lord in respect of faith, for Jehovah - that is, the Lord - says 'Behold, I [will be] standing on the rock'; and from the meaning of 'Horeb' as God's law. Consequently the words used here mean the Lord in respect of the truths of faith, which come from His law or the Word. The fact that 'the rock' means the Lord in respect of faith, and on man's side the faith he receives from the Lord, is clear from very many places in the Word, as in Moses,

Ascribe 1 greatness to our God, the Rock, whose work is perfect. He caused him to ride on 2 the heights of the land, and fed him with the produce of the fields; He caused him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock. But when Jeshurun became fat he kicked; he forsook God who made Him, and despised the Rock of his salvation. You have been unmindful of 3 the Rock who begot you, and have forgotten the God who formed you. Their Rock sold them, and Jehovah shut them up. For their rock is not like our Rock. When it is said, Where are their gods, the rock in which they trusted? ... Deuteronomy 32:3-4, 13, 15, 18, 30-31, 37.

From these verses it is evident that Jehovah, that is, the Lord, is the One who is called 'the Rock'. The fact that 'the Rock' is Jehovah or the Lord in respect of faith is made plain by every detail there in the internal sense.

[2] In Daniel,

You were watching, until a stone was cut out, not by means of hands; and it struck the statue on its feet, which were iron and clay, and smashed them to pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold together were smashed to pieces, and became like chaff from the summer threshing-floors; so that the wind carried them away, and no place was found for them. But the stone that struck the statue became a great rock and filled the whole earth. The God of heaven will cause a kingdom to arise that will never be destroyed, and also His kingdom will not be left to other people; it will crush and consume all those kingdoms, but will itself stand for ever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the rock, not by means of hands, and it smashed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold... Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45.

The subject here is the Lord and His kingdom, 'a stone' being used to mean faith, and 'a rock' the Lord in respect of faith. The fact that these things are meant by 'a stone' and 'a rock' is evident to anyone who gives thought to the matter. 'A stone' also means in the Word the truth that composes faith, see 643, 1298, 3720, 3769, 3771, 3773, 3789, 3798, 6426; therefore also the Lord in respect of Divine Truth is called 'the stone of Israel', 6426. The reason why 'a rock' means the Lord in respect of the truth of faith is that 'a rock' is also used to mean a fortress that withstands falsities. The actual fortress is the truth of faith, for this is what the battle against both falsities and evils is waged from.

[3] All this also makes it clear that in the following words in Matthew which the Lord addressed to Peter 'rock' is used to mean the Lord in respect of faith, and also faith received from the Lord,

I tell you, You Are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19.

As regards 'rock' here, that it means the Lord in respect of faith, and faith received from the Lord, and that 'Peter' represents that faith, see Preface to Genesis 22, and also 3750, 4738, 6000, 6073 (end), 6344 (end). It is also evident to anyone who thinks properly that the power to open heaven and close hell for the good, and to open hell and close heaven for the wicked, is the Lord's alone, and that the reason why such power accompanies faith is that faith comes from the Lord, and so likewise is the Lord's; that is, the Lord Himself is within faith. All power in the next life too comes through the truth of faith springing from good, 4931, 6344, 6423, 8200, 8304. One who thinks properly may also conclude that the Lord's Church has not been built on some person, thus not on Peter, but on the Lord Himself, that is, on faith in Him.

[4] From all this one can see what kind of errors they are, and how great, which those people slip into who adhere strictly to the sense of the letter of the Word. One can see why leaders of the Church are all too ready to seize on the idea that such power was given to Peter and consequently to those who call themselves his successors, for that idea lends support to what is in their heart. One can see how difficult it is for them to let themselves be convinced that this passage has any other meaning, for each wishes to gain supreme power. All this also shows how vital it is to know what 'rock', 'the keys', 'the gates of hell', and very many other things mean in the internal sense.

[5] The fact that Jehovah is called 'the Rock', and that when He is called this the Lord in respect of faith is meant, many other places in the Word also go to prove, such as the following, which will be quoted without further explanation. In Isaiah,

Send the lamb of the ruler of the land from the Rock towards the wilderness, to the mountain [of the daughter] of Zion. Isaiah 16:1.

In the same prophet,

You have forgotten [the God] of your salvation, and have not called to mind the Rock of your refuge. Isaiah 17:10.

In the same prophet,

Asshur will fall by the sword, not of man (vir). Also his rock will pass away by reason of terror. Isaiah 31:8-9.

In the same prophet,

Let the inhabitants of the Rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Isaiah 42:11.

In the same prophet,

Pay attention to Me, you who are pursuing righteousness, who are seeking Jehovah. Look to the Rock from which you were hewn. Isaiah 51:1.

In Jeremiah,

Leave the cities and dwell in the Rock, O inhabitants of Moab. Jeremiah 48:28.

In the same prophet,

I am against you, O destroying mountain, destroying the whole earth. And I will stretch out My hand against you, and roll you down from the rocks, and make you into a mountain of burning. Nor will they take from you a stone for a corner, or a stone for foundations. Jeremiah 51:25-26.

This refers to Babel. In David,

He caused me to come up out of the pit of devastation, out of the muddy clay, and He set my feet upon a rock. Psalms 40:2.

In the same author,

From the end of the earth I cry to You, when my heart fails; You lead me to the Rock high up from me. Psalms 61:2.

In the same author,

I fed them with the fat of wheat, and with honey out of the rock I satisfied them. Psalms 81:16.

[6] Since 'a rock' meant the Lord in respect of faith, and faith received from the Lord, also the wondrous things spoken of in the Book of Judges took place on a rock,

The Angel of Jehovah told Gideon to take the flesh and unleavened bread and peace them on the rock, and pour out the broth. And fire went up from the rock and consumed the flesh and unleavened bread. Judges 6:20-21.

And elsewhere in the same book,

Manoah, Samson's father, took the kid of the she-goats and offered it on the rock. Then the Angel acted in a wondrous manner and ascended in the flame. Judges 13:19-20.

What meaning these things had becomes clear if what 'Gideon' and what 'Manoah, Samson's father' represented is discovered from the internal sense, also what was meant by 'the flesh and unleavened bread' and 'the broth', 'the kid of the she-goats' as well, and 'the fire'. For every single one of these was representative and had a spiritual meaning.

[7] Knowing that 'the Rock' means faith may lead also to an understanding of the reference to Moses' being pieced in the cleft of the rock when he was to see Jehovah, Exodus 33:20-23; for 'the cleft of the rock' means obscurity of faith. It is well known in the Churches that the rock in Horeb from which the water came out means the Lord; but now it has been shown that it means the Lord in respect of faith, and also that it means faith received from the Lord. A meaning similar to that which 'the rock in Horeb' possesses is also meant in the following words in Isaiah,

Say, Jehovah has redeemed His servant Jacob. At that time they will not thirst; in waste places He will lead them. He will make water flow for them from the rock, when He cleaves the rock so that water flows out. Isaiah 48:20-21.

The reason why the people were given the water from no other rock than the one in Horeb is that 'Horeb' means God's law; and the reason why God's law is meant by 'Horeb' is that the law was proclaimed from there. And faith which is received from the Lord is acquired from God's law, that is, from the Word; for through the Word the Lord teaches what faith is and also imparts faith.

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Footnotes:

1. The Latin means literally I will give but the Hebrew means Give.

2. Reading equitare (to ride on) for evigilare (to arouse)

3. literally, You have given to forgetfulness

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(Odkazy: Exodus 17:6)

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Arcana Coelestia 8583, 9331, 9410, 10087, 10089, 10182, 10287, 10483, 10580


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 8, 9, 176, 179, 401

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