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1 耶和華的又臨到我說:

2 人子啊,你要使耶路撒冷知道他那些可憎的事,

3 耶和華耶路撒冷如此:你根本,你出世,是在迦南地;你父親是亞摩利人,你母親是赫人。

4 論到你出世的景況,在你初生的日子沒有為你斷臍帶,也沒有用你,使你潔淨,絲毫沒有撒鹽在你身上,也沒有用布裹你。

5 誰的眼也不可憐你,為你做件這樣的事憐恤你;但你初生的日子扔在田野,是因你被厭惡。

6 我從你旁邊經過,見你滾在血中,就對你:你雖在血中,仍可存活;你雖在血中,仍可存活。

7 我使你生好像田間所的,你就漸漸大,以致極其俊美,兩乳成形,頭髮成,你卻仍然赤身露體。

8 我從你旁邊經過,見你的時候正動愛情,便用衣襟搭在你身上,遮蓋你的赤體;又向你起誓,與你結盟,你就歸於我。這是耶和華的。

9 那時我用你,洗淨你身上的血,又用抹你。

10 我也使你身穿繡花衣服,腳穿海狗皮鞋,並用細麻布給你束腰,用綢為衣披在你身上,

11 又用妝飾打扮你,將鐲子戴在你上,將金鍊戴在你項上。

12 我也將環子戴在你鼻子上,將耳環戴在你耳朵上,將華冠戴在你上。

13 這樣,你就有的妝飾,穿的是細麻衣和綢,並繡花衣;的是細麵、蜂蜜,並。你也極其美貌,發達到王后的尊榮。

14 你美貌的名聲傳在列邦中,你十分美貌,是因我加在你身上的威榮。這是耶和華的。

15 只是你仗著自己的美貌,又因你的名聲就行邪淫。你縱情淫亂,使過路的任意而行。

16 你用衣服為自己在處結彩,在其上行邪淫。這樣的事將必沒有,也必不再行了。

17 你又將我所你那華美的、寶器為自己製造人像,與他行邪淫;

18 又用你的繡花衣服他披上,並將我的膏和香料擺在他跟前;

19 又將我賜你的食物,就是我賜的細麵、,和蜂蜜,都擺在他跟前為馨香的供物。這是耶和華的。

20 並且你將給我所生的兒女焚獻給他。

21 你行淫亂豈是小事,竟將我的兒女殺了,使他們經火歸與他麼?

22 你行這一切可憎和淫亂的事,並未追念你幼年赤身露體滾在血中的日子。

23 你行這一切惡事之耶和華:你有禍了!有禍了!)

24 又為自己建造圓頂花樓,在各街上做了臺。

25 你在一切市口上建造臺,使你的美貌變為可憎的,又與一切過的多行淫亂。

26 你也和你鄰邦放縱情慾的埃及人行淫,加增你的淫亂,惹我發怒。

27 因此我伸攻擊你,減少你應用的糧食,又將你交恨你的非利士眾女(眾女是城邑的意思;本章下同),使他們任意待你。他們見你的淫行,為你羞恥。

28 你因貪色無厭,又與亞述人行淫,與他們行淫之後,仍不滿意

29 並且多行淫亂,直到那貿易之地,就是迦勒底,你仍不滿意

30 耶和華:你行這一切事,都是不知羞恥妓女所行的,可見你的心是何等懦弱!

31 因你在一切市口上建造圓頂花樓,在各街上做了臺,你卻藐視賞賜,不像妓女

32 哎!你這行淫的妻啊,寧肯接外人,不接丈夫

33 妓女是得人贈送,你反倒贈送你所的人,賄賂他們從四圍與你行淫。

34 你行淫與別的婦女相反,因為不是人從你行淫;你既贈送人,人並不贈送你;所以你與別的婦女相反。

35 你這妓女啊,要耶和華的

36 耶和華如此:因你的污穢傾洩了,你與你所的行淫露出下體,又因你拜一切可憎的偶像,流兒女的血獻他,

37 我就要將你一切相歡相的和你一切所恨的都聚集來,從四圍攻擊你;又將你的下體露出,使他們盡了。

38 我也要審判你,好像官長審判淫婦和流人血的婦女一樣。我因忿怒忌恨,使流血的罪歸到你身上。

39 我又要將你交在他們中;他們必拆毀你的圓頂花樓,毀壞你的臺,剝去你的衣服,奪取你的華美寶器,留下你赤身露體。

40 他們也必帶多人來攻擊你,用石頭打死你,用刀刺透你,

41 焚燒你的房屋,在許多婦人眼前向你施行審判。我必使你不再行淫,也不再贈送與人。

42 這樣,我就止息向你發的忿怒,我的忌恨也要離開你,我要安靜不再惱怒。

43 因你不追念你幼年的日子,在這一切的事上向我發烈怒,所以我必照你所行的報應在你上,你就不再貪淫,行那一切可憎的事。這是耶和華的。

44 俗語的必用俗語攻擊你,母親怎樣,女兒也怎樣。

45 你正是你母親的女兒,厭棄丈夫和兒女;你正是你姊妹的姊妹,厭棄丈夫和兒女。你母親是赫人,你父親是亞摩利人。

46 你的姊姊是撒瑪利亞,他和他的眾女在你左邊;你的妹妹所多瑪,他和他的眾女在你右邊。

47 你沒有效法他們的行為,也沒有照他們可憎的事去做,你以那為小事,你一切所行的倒比他們更壞。

48 耶和華:我指著我的永生起誓,你妹妹所多瑪與他的眾女尚未行你和你眾女所行的事。

49 看哪,你妹妹所多瑪的罪孽是這樣:他和他的眾女都心驕氣傲,糧食飽足,大享安逸,並沒有扶助困苦和窮乏人的

50 他們狂傲,在我面前行可憎的事,我見便將他們除掉。

51 撒瑪利亞沒有犯你一,你行可憎的事比他更多,使你的姊妹因你所行一切可憎的事,倒顯為義。

52 你既斷定你姊妹為(為:或譯當受羞辱),就要擔當自己的羞辱;因你所犯的比他們更為可憎,他們就比你更顯為;你既使你的姊妹顯為,你就要抱愧擔當自己的羞辱

53 我必叫他們被擄的歸回,就是叫所多瑪和他的眾女,撒瑪利亞和他的眾女,並你們中間被擄的,都要歸回,

54 好使你擔當自己的羞辱,並因你一切所行的使他們得安慰,你就抱愧。

55 你的妹妹所多瑪和他的眾女必歸回原位;撒瑪利亞和他的眾女,你和你的眾女,也必歸回原位。

56 在你驕傲的日子,你的惡行沒有顯露以先,你的就不提你的妹妹所多瑪。那受了凌辱的亞蘭眾女和亞蘭四圍非利士的眾女都恨惡你,藐視你。

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58 耶和華:你貪淫和可憎的事,你已經擔當了。

59 耶和華如此:你這輕看誓言、背棄盟約的,我必照你所行的待你。

60 然而我要追念在你幼年時與你所立的約,也要與你立定永約。

61 你接待你姊姊和你妹妹的時候,你要追念你所行的,自覺慚愧;並且我要將他們賜你為女兒,卻不是按著前約。

62 我要堅定與你所立的約(你就知道我是耶和華),

63 好使你在我赦免你一切所行的時候,心裡追念,自覺抱愧,又因你的羞辱就不再開。這是耶和華的。

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Explanation of Isaiah 14      

Napsal(a) Rev. John H. Smithson

THE EXPLANATION of Isaiah Chapter 14

(Note: Rev. Smithson's translation of the Isaiah text is appended below the explanation)

1. FOR Jehovah will have mercy on Jacob, and will again choose Israel; and He will place them in their own land: and the sojourner shall be joined unto them, and they shall cleave unto the house of Jacob.

VERSE 1. Jehovah will have mercy on Jacob, etc. - The Lord's love is pure rnercy towards the whole human race, which is of such a nature as to be desirous to save all, to make them eternally happy, and to bestow on them all things appertaining to itself; thus out of pure mercy to draw all, who are willing to follow, to heaven, - that is, to itself, by the powerful attraction of love. Arcana Coelestia 1735.

And will again choose Israel. - The chosen or the elect are those who are in the life of Good and Truth. (A. O. 3755.) It is surprising that anyone should at all believe that the Jewish nation was chosen [for salvation] in preference to others. Hence also it comes to pass that many confirm themselves in this belief, that the life is of no account, but that election is everything, and that consequently reception into heaven is of mercy alone, without any regard to the life, when yet everyone from sound reason is enabled to see that to think so is to think against the Divine Being, for He is Mercy itself; wherefore if heaven was of mercy, without regard to the life, all would be received into heaven, whatsoever might be their numbers; to cast down anyone in to hell, when yet he might be received into heaven, would be unmercifulness and not mercy, and to choose one in preference to another, would be injustice and not justice. Wherefore they who have believed, and who have confirmed themselves in the belief, that some are chosen and the rest not chosen, and that admission into heaven is merely out of mercy, without any regard to the life, are told, as I have also occasionally heard and seen, that heaven is in no case denied by the Lord to any one, and that if they desire it, they may know it from experience. Wherefore they are elevated into some society of heaven inhabited by those who have spent their life in the affection of good or in charity; but when they come thither, inasmuch as they are evil, they begin to be tormented and inwardly tortured, because their life is contrary, and when heavenly light appears, they appear in that light as devils, almost without the human form. Arcana Coelestia 5057.

[The Jews were said to be "chosen" or " elect", because they were chosen by the Lord to represent a church, not that they were chosen above all others for salvation, but to be types of a church established to represent the means and the process by which salvation is attained. It is chiefly from not making this distinction that the great error of predestination and of unconditional election has been so extensively believed.]

The sojourner shall be joined unto them, "Sojourners" denote those who are instructed in the Truth and Good of the church, and who receive those principles and live according to them. Arcana Coelestia 8007, 8013, 9196.

They shall cleave unto the house of Jacob. - That to "cleave to" or to adhere, signifies, in the proximate interior sense, conj unction, is evident without explanation. That to "cleave to", in the internal sense, is charity, is evident from this, that charity, or what is the same thing, mutual love, is spiritual conjunction; for it is a conjunction of affections which are of the will, and hence an agreement of thoughts which are of the understanding, thus a conjunction of minds as to both parts. Thus to "cleave unto the house of Jacob", signifies to bein the good of charity, in which those are who are signified by the "house of Jacob." Arcana Coelestia 3875.

Verses 1 - 25. Jehovah will have mercy on Jacob, etc. - All these things are said concerning Babel, and not concerning any devil who was created an angel of light, and from his primaeval state was called "the son of the morning", but becoming a devil was cast into hell. That Babel is here described appears from verses 4 and 22 of this chapter, where "Babel" and "the king of Babel" are mentioned, for it is said, "You shalt declare this parable concerning the king of Babel"; and afterwards, "I will cut off from Babel the name and the remnant." It is to be observed that by a "king", in the Word, is signified the same as by his "kingdom." The reason why Babel is called "Lucifer, the son of the morning", is, because, as was said above, "Babel" in the beginning is the church, which is in zeal for the Lord, for the good of love, and for the truths of faith, although inwardly in the zeal of her pastors there lies concealed a fire of the love of ruling, by the holy things of the church, over all whom they can subject to themselves; hence it is that Babel is called "Lucifer, the son of the morning"; for the same reason he is also called "the king of kings, into whose hand are given all things; and also the head of the statue which was gold"; (Dan. 2:37, 38) likewise, also, "the tree in the midst of the earth, great in height." (Dan. 4:10, 20)

Babel in its beginning is also understood by "the lion which had the wings of an eagle, and which afterwards appeared as a man, and a man's heart was given unto it"; (Dan. 7:4) and is called "the ornament of the kingdoms, and the glory of the magnificence of the Chaldeans"; (Isaiah Isaiah 13:19) it is also mentioned amongst "those that know Jehovah." (Psalm 87:4)

Now whereas by "Babel", in its beginning, is signified such a church, therefore the king of Babel is here called "Lucifer, the son of the rnorning"; "Lucifer", from the light of truth in which that church then is, and "son of the morning" [aurora], from the first beginning of light or of day, for the aurora or "morning dawn" is the church in its beginning. But still in that chapter is described that church as to its state in the end, when "Babylon became a harlot", (Apoc, xvii.] which is the state thereof when there is no longer any Good of love nor any Truth of faith remaining; this its state is what is understood by the destruction and condemnation thereof to hell. Their destruction, spoken of in the Word, is no other than that after death those are cast down into hell who have arrogated to themselves a divine power, and have exercised it, and for that end have held the people of the earth in dense darkness or blindness, and in idolatrous worship, especially those who have led men away from the worship of the Lord.

Inasmuch as these are the things which are described in that chapter, the passages which have been thence- adduced shall be briefly explained. "Jehovah shall have mercy upon Jacob, and shall yet choose Israel, to place them in their own land", signifies the New Church to be established by the Lord: after the end of "Babylon." "In that day you shalt declare this parable concerning the king of Babel, and shalt say, How has the oppressor ceased! the lust [or exactress] of gold ceased!" signifies liberation from the spiritual captivity and servitude, in which they were who were under the dominion of that church. "Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers", signifies that they have no longer any power by truths from good, because they are in mere falsities from evil; such is their impotence in the spiritual world. "The whole earth is at rest, it is quiet; they burst forth into singing; even the fir-trees rejoice over you, the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you art fallen, no feller has come up against us", signifies that they who are in the knowledges of good and truth, will no longer be infested by them; the "land or earth" is the New Church, which will be "quiet" from them; the "fir-trees and the cedars of Lebanon" are the knowledges of good and truth in the external and in the internal sense; "the feller not coming upon them" denotes no more infestation. "Hell from beneath is moved because of you to meet you at your coming : he rouseth for you the Rephaim, all the powerful ones of the earth; he makes to rise up from their thrones all the kings of the nations", signifies the delight of revenge of those who are in hell. "All of them shall answer and shall say unto you, Art you, even you become weak as we? art you made like unto us? Is then your magnificence brought down to hell; the sound of your viols?" signifies that the delight is from the consideration that it is become like to them, and in like manner in the falsities of evil. "How art you fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning! how art you cut down to the earth, you that didst weaken the nations!" signifies scorning or mockery on account of its being such, although in the beginning it was in heaven, because in the good of love and in the truths of faith; these things are said by those who are in hell, because nothing is more delightful to those who are there than to draw any one down from heaven, and to destroy him by the falsities of evil. "For you didst say in your heart, I will ascend the heavens; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne: and I will sit upon the mount of the assembly, all the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High", are also words of scorn or mockery upon the pride of their dominion, that still they reach to heaven and arrogate to themselves divine power, and thereby subject all things of heaven and all things of the church to their own will, in order that they may be worshipped and adored as gods; the "mount of the assembly, on the sides of the north", denotes where there is ascent into the heavens; "above the stars, and above the heights of the clouds", denotes over divine Truth; "stars" denoting the knowledges of good and truth, and the "heights of the clouds", the interior truths of the Word.

"But you shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit; those that see you shall look attentively at you; they shall consider you, [saying] Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that shook the kingdoms; that made the world like a desert; that destroyed the cities thereof?" is a continuation of the scorning of those who are in hell, and also of the glorying thence tbat it is east down from heaven; the "sides of the pit" are the places in hell where are mere falsities of evil; by "the earth, the kingdoms, and the world", is signified the church, and by " cities" are signified doctrinals. "You art cast out of the sepulchre like an abominable shoot, like the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with the sword; like them that go down to the stones of the pit; like a trodden carcass", signifies the state of their condemnation; the garment of those that are slain, thrust through with the sword, and the trodden carcass", signify the condemnation of the profanation of truth. "You shalt not be joined unto them in the sepulchre, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people; the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever", signifies more grievous condemnation than of the rest, on account of having extinguished all things of the church. "Prepare you slaughter for his sons, for the iniquity of their fathers; that they may not rise, and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities", signifies the destruction of them for ever, "I will cut off from Babel the name and the remnant, and the son and the nephew", signifies total destruction, because they have no longer anything of Good and of Truth. "I will make it an inheritance for the bittern, and stagnant pools of waters: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction", signifies the infernal false by the destruction of truth. To "break Ashur or the Assyrian in My land, and to trample him on My mountains", signifies that in the New Ohurch there shall not exist any ratiocinations from falsities against truths and goods. Besides what has been here adduced, the things contained in this chapter may be seen more particularly explained in other parts of this work [adduced below], as Apocalypse Explained 215, 223, 304, 331, 386, 405, 539, 589, 594, 608, 659, 687, 697, 724, 727, 730, 741, 768, 811. Apocalypse Explained 1029.

BABYLON BABEL LUCIFER, A DESCRIPTION OF MODERN BABYLON.

As to Babylon in modern times, or as manifested in the Christian church at the present day, the merely natural man confirms himself against the Divine Providence, because in many kingdoms where the Christian religion is received, there are some who claim to themselves Divine power, and desire to be worshipped as gods; and because they invoke dead men. They say, indeed, that they have not arrogated to themselves divine power, and that they do not desire to be worshipped as gods; but yet they say that they can open and shut heaven, and remit and retain sins, consequently can save and condemn men, which is the prerogative of Divinity itself; for the Divine Providence has nothing for its end but the reformation and thereby the salvation of mankind. This is its continual operation with everyone; and salvation cannot be effected except by an acknowledgement of the Lord's Divinity, and confidence that it is wrought by Him, when a man lives according to His commandments. Who cannot see that this is the "Babylon" described in the Revelation, and the "Babel" treated of in many parts of the Prophets? That this also is meant by "Lucifer" in Isaiah xiv., is evident from the 4th and 22nd verses of that chapter, in which are the following words :

"You shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babel"; (verse 4.) and afterwards, " I will cut off from Babel the name and remnant"; (verse 22.) from which it is evident that Babel is there signified by "Lucifer", of whom it is said "How art you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! For you didst say in your heart, I will ascend the heavens; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne: and I will sit upon the mount of the assembly, on the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14)

That they invoke dead men, and pray to them for succour, is well known. It is affirmed that they invoke them, because the invocation of them is established by a papal, bull, confirming the decree of the Council of Trent, in which it is openly said that, they are to be invoked: yet who does not know that God alone ought to be invoked, and not any dead man? But it shall now be stated why the Lord has permitted such things. That He has permitted them for a certain end, which is salvation, cannot be denied; for it is well known that without the Lord there is no salvation. This being the case, there was a necessity that the Lord should be preached from the Word, and the Christian church; thereby established; but this could not be effected except by leaders who should act with zeal; and there were no others qualified, than such as were heated, as it were, with zeal, from the fire of self-love. This fire first excited them to preach the Lord and teach the Word;, and from this their primitive state it is, that Lucifer is called "the son of the morning." (verse 12.) But as they came to see that they should be able to obtain dominion by means of the holy things of the Word and the church, self-love, by which they were first excited to preach the Lord, broke out from within, and at length exalted itself to such a height, that they transferred all the divine power of the Lord to themselves, not leaving Him any. This could not be prevented by the Divine Providence of the Lord; for had it been prevented, they would have proclaimed the Lord not to be God, and the Word not to be sacred, and would have become Socinians or Arians, and thus have destroyed the whole church; which, whatever may be the character of its rulers, still remains among the people who are under them. For all those of that religion also, who approach the Lord, and shun evils as sins, are saved; for which reason there are many heavenly societies from them in the spiritual world; and it is also provided that there should be among them a nation which has not submitted to the yoke of such a dominion, and which considers the Word as sacred. This is the noble French nation. [In Swedenborg's time the Jansenists, who advocated the reading of the Word, and who resisted the Bull Unigenitus, prevailed in France; but now the Jesuits are predominant in that country.] But what was the consequence? When self-love which is "Lucifer", had exalted its dominion even unto the throne of the Lord, had removed Him thence, and placed itself upon it, it could not do otherwise" than profane all things appertaining to the Word and the church; and to prevent this, the Lord so ordered it of His Divine Providence, that those who were under its influence should depart from the worship of Him, invoke dead men, pray to their images, kiss their bones, prostrate themselves at their sepulchres, forbid the Word to be read, place the sanctity of divine worship in masses not understood by the vulgar, and sell salvation for money; because, if they had not done these things, they would have profaned the holy things of the Word and the church; for, as was shown in the preceding paragraph, none can profane things sacred but those who are acquainted with them. Therefore, that they may not profane the most Holy Supper, it is of the Divine Providence of the Lord that they should divide it, giving the bread to the people, and drinking the wine themselves; for the "wine" in the Holy Supper signifies holy Truth, and the "bread", holy Good; but when they are divided, the "wine" signifies Truth profaned, and the "bread", Good adulterated. It is provided, also, that they should [by the dogma of transubstantiation] make it corporeal and material, and account this doctrine to be a primary tenet of religion. He, who attends to these particulars, and considers them in some illumination of mind, may see the wonderful operation of the Divine Providence, in guarding the holy things of the church, and saving all who are capable of being saved, snatching as it were out of the fire those who will suffer themselves to be snatched away. Divine Providence 257.

2. And the peoples shall take them, and bring them into their own place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Jehovah, as servants, and as handmaids: and they shall take them captive, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

3. And it shall be in that day, when Jehovah shall have given you rest from thine affliction, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage with which you wast made to serve,

4. That you shalt give utterance to this parable upon the king of Babel, and shalt say, How has the oppressor ceased! the exactress of gold ceased!

Verse 2. The peoples shall take them, and shall bring them into their own place, etc. Treating of the bringing back of the sons of Israel, by whom are understood the nations. That they who secluded others from truths and seduced them by falsities, are secluded from truths and seduced by falsities themselves, is signified by "they shall take them captive, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their exactors or oppressors." Apocalypse Explained 811.

As servants, and as handmaids. - When the intellectual principle is a "mistress", the affection of sciences and of knowledges, which is of the exterior man, is a "handmaid." (Arcana Coelestia 1895)

Things rational and scientific are " men-servants"; and their affections are" handmaids." Arcana Coelestia 2567.

5. Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers.

Verse 5. Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the rod [or sceptre]of the rulers. - Whereas a "rod" and a "staff" signify the power of divine Truth, and thence divine Truth as to power; therefore they also signify, in the opposite sense, the power of the infernal false, and thence the infernal false as to power; in this sense they are mentioned in the above words.

By "breaking the staff of the wicked" is signified to destroy the power of the false from evil; and by "breaking the rod [or sceptre] of the rulers" is signified the rule of the false. And in David "The staff of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the just; that the just may not put forth their hands to iniquity." (Psalm 125:3)

The "staff of the wicked" signifies the power of the false from evil; "upon the lot of the just", signifies over truths from good, which are with the faithful, and especially with those who are in love to the Lord, for these, in the Word, are called the "just"; "lest the just put forth their hands to iniquity", signifies lest they falsify truths. Apocalypse Explained 727.

6. He that smote the peoples in wrath, with a stroke not curable; he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

Verse 6. He smote the peoples with a stroke not curable, etc. - In this passage "peoples" denote those who are against the truths of the spiritual church, thus who are ill falsities; and "nations", those who are against the goods of the celestial church, thus who are in evils. These things are also signified by the "peoples" and "nations" who were driven out of the land of Canaan. Apocalypse Explained 331.

7. The whole earth is at rest, it is quiet: they burst forth into singing.

8. Even the fir-trees rejoice over you, the cedars of Lebanon, [saying] Since you art fallen, no feller has come up against us.

9. Hell from beneath is moved because of you to meet you at your coming: he rouseth for you the Rephaim, all the powerful ones of the earth: he makes to rise up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

10. All of them shall answer and shall say unto you, Art you, even you, become weak as we? art you made like unto us ?

11. Is then your magnificence brought down to hell; the sound of your viols? is the worm become your couch, and the earth-worm your covering?

Verses 7, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 25. The whole earth is at rest, it is quiet; - hell rouseth for you the Rephaim, all-the powerful ones of the earth, etc. - These things are said concerning the "king of Babel", by whom is signified the destruction of Truth through the love of ruling over heaven and earth, to which love of rule the truths of the Word, or the things appertaining to the church, are made subservient as means. In this passage the condemnation of such is treated of. "The Rephaim whom hell rouseth", are those who are in a direful persuasion of the false, and are thence called "tho powerful ones of the earth." "To make the earth tremble, to shake kingdoms, to make the world a desert, and to destroy the cities thereof", signifies to pervert all things appertaining to the church; the "land" and the "world" denoting the church, the "kingdoms", the truths which constitute it, and the "cities", all things of doctrine. Hence it is evident what is signified by "you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people."

By "Ashur who shall be broken in the land, and be trampled upon the mountains", is signified ratiocinations from falsities against truths; to be "broken" is to be dissipated, and to be "trampled" is to be altogether destroyed; the "mountains " upon which this is done, signify where the Good of love and charity reigns, for there, or with those who are there, all ratiocination from falsities is dissipated or destroyed. Apocalypse Explained 304.

12. How art you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art you cut down to the earth, you that didst weaken the nations!

Verses 12, 17, 21. How art you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer! that made the world like a desert, etc. - By "Lucifer" is here understood Babel, where all the truth of the doctrine appertaining to the church was either falsified or annihilated; by "the world which he made like a desert, and the cities thereof which he destroyed", are signified the church and its doctrinals. "Prepare you slaughter for his sons, that they may not rise", signifies that its falsities may be destroyed; and "lest they possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities", signifies that they may not establish a church [such as Babel] and its doctrines. Apocalypse Explained 223. See also 607, 741.

Son of the morning [dawn]. - For the signification of the "dawn" or the aurora, see Chapter 8:20, the Exposition.

13. For you didst say in your heart, I will ascend the heavens; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne: and I will sit upon the mount of the assembly, on the sides of the north:

Verse 13. For you [Lucifer] didst say in your heart, I will ascend the heavens, above the stars, etc.. By "Lucifer" is understood Babel, as is evident from what precedes and from what follows in that chapter. His love of ruling over heaven and the church is described by his saying, "I will ascend the heavens; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne"; whereby is understood the affectation of dominion over those heavens which constitute the spiritual kingdom of the Lord, for truths and the knowledges of truth with them appear as "stars."

By " I will sit upon the mount of the assembly, on the sides of the north", is signified the affectation of dominion over the heavens which constitute the celestial kingdom of the Lord; for "the mount of the assembly" and "the sides of the north" denote the goods and truths in those heavens, as was said above. Inasmuch as the mountain of Zion and of Jerusalem was built as much as possible according to the form of heaven, it may appear what is signified by the words adduced from David, "The mountain of Zion, the sides of the north, the city of the great King." (Psalm 48:2) Apocalypse Explained 405. See also Arcana Coelestia 3387.

4. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

15. But you shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16. Those that see you shall look attentively at you; they shall consider you, [saying] Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that shook the kingdoms;

17. That made the world like a desert; that destroyed the cities thereof; that dismissed not his captives to their home?

18. All the kings of the nations, all of them, lie down in glory, each in his own house:

19. But you art cast out of the sepulchre, like an abominable shoot; like the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with the sword; like them that go down to the stones of the pit; like a trodden carcase.

Verses 14, 15. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; but you shalt be brought down to hell, etc. - By "Babel " are understood those who in externals are holy but in internals profane, thus those who employ the holy things of the church as means by which they may be adored as gods. All those do this who endeavour, by means of the holy things of the church, to procure dignities and wealth above others as the ends and objects of their life. With such persons it is similar in the other life; they there also in their hearts deny the Divine Being, and by wicked arts strive to make themselves gods. They place themselves [in the world of spirits] high up on the mountains, and proclaim a certain one from amongst them as a god, and also worship him. But when they are in that profane worship, the mountain opens itself into a gulf, and they are swallowed up, and are thus cast down into hell. That this is the case, it has sometimes been given me to see. Arcana Coelestia 10412.

20. You shalt not be joined unto them in the sepulchre, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people: the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever.

Verses 19, 20. You art cast out of the sepulchre, like an abominable shoot, etc. - Those things are said concerning the "king of Babel", by whom is signified the profanation of divine Truth; wherefore by "you art cast out of the sepulchre", is signified condemnation to hell; "like an abominable shoot, like the raiment of the slain, thrust through with the sword", signifies the falsification of Truth, and the profanation thereof; an "abominable shoot" denoting Truth falsified, and "the raiment of the slain, thrust through with the sword", Truth adulterated and altogether destroyed by dire falsities; "like them that go down to the stones of the pit, like a trodden carcase", signifies to the hell where are the falsities of evil; a "trodden carcase" denoting the infernal spirit with whom everything is spiritually dead, by reason of Good being altogether destroyed. "You shalt not be joined unto them in the sepulchre", signifies no consociation with those who rise again to life, for to be "laid in the sepulchre", or to be "buried", signifies that resurrection, and, on the other hand, to be "cast out of the sepulchre", signifies condemnation. Since "to be buried" and "burial" signify resurrection to life and also regeneration, therefore by "not being buried", and by "being cast out of the graves" (Jeremiah 8:1, 2), is signified non-resurrection to heaven, and non-regeneration, but resurrection to hell and consequent damnation, as may be proved from many passages in the Word, "You have destroyed your land, you have slain your people", signifies the destruction of the church, and of those therein who were in truths from good, by the falsities of evil:

"the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever", signifies eternal dissociation and separation. Apocalypse Explained 659. See also Arcana Coelestia 6767, 8902.

"The seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever", signifies that the dire false of evil [signified by Babel] shall not rise again. Apocalypse Explained 768.

21. Prepare you slaughter for his sons, for the iniquity of their fathers; that they may not rise, and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities.

22. For I will rise up against them, says Jehovah of Hosts: and I will cut off from Babel the name, and the remnant; and the son, and the nephew, says Jehovah.

23. And I will make it an inheritance for the bittern, and stagnant pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, says Jehovah of Hosts.

Verses 21-23. Prepare you slaughter for his sons; - 1 will cut off from Babel the name and the remnant, and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, etc. - The subject here treated of is concerning the total devastation of Truth amongst those who are understood by Babel. That truths are entirely destroyed amongst them by the adulteration of the Word, is signified by "Prepare you slaughter for his sons that they may not rise and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities"; by "land" is understood the church in which are truths, and by "cities" are understood doctrinals from mere falsities. That all truths from first principles to ultimates will perish, is signified by "the name and the remnant, the son and the nephew, being cut off from Babel"; and nothing whatever of Truth will remain, is signified by its being "swept with the besom of destruction. It is to be observed that by "sons", in the passage above adduced, are signified those who are in truths, or those who are in falsities; but whereas-the spiritual sense of the Word has not anything In common with persons, therefore in that sense by "sons" are signified truths and falsities abstracted from the idea of person. The reason why the spiritual sense is of such a quality, is because the idea of person confines the thought and the extension thereof into heaven in every direction; for all thought which proceeds from the affection of truth, makes its way through heaven on all sides, nor is it terminated except as light into shade; but when person is at the same time thought of, then the idea is terminated where the person is, and therewith also intelligence. This is the reason why by "sons", in the spiritual sense, are signified truths or falsities abstractedly. Apocalypse Explained 724.

24. Jehovah of Hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it be; and what I have purposed, that shall stand:

Verse. 24. Jehovah God or the Lord never swears, for it is not suitable to God Himself, or the Divine Truth, to swear; but when God, or the Divine Truth, wills to have anything confirmed before men then that confirmation, in its descent to the natural sphere, falls into an oath, or into the form of an oath, as used in the world. Hence it is evident that although God never swears, yet in the literal sense: of the Word, which is the natural sense, it may be said that He swears. This therefore is what is signified by "swearing", when predicated of Jehovah or the Lord, in this and in other passages. Apocalypse Explained 608.

25. To break the Assyrian in My land, and to trample him on My mountains: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden shall depart from off their shoulder.

26. This is the purpose which is determined on the whole earth: and this the hand which is stretched out over, all the nations.

27. For Jehovah of Hosts has purposed, and who shall disannul it? and it is His hand that is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

28. In the year in which Ahaz the king died was this burden [or prophecy].

Verse 25. To break the Assyrian in My land, etc. - See above, Chapter 10:24, 26, the Exposition.

Verses 26, 27. The hand stretched out, etc. - See above, Chapter 5:25, the Exposition.

Verse 28. The burden [or prophecy] concerning Philistia. - . Those who are in Faith separated from Charity, are represented in the Word by the "Philistines." In the Word, by the names of nations and people, also of persons and places, are signified things relating to the church; the church itself by "Israel" and "Judah", because it was established among them, and various religious persuasions are signified by the nations and people round about them; the religious persuasions which accord with the Truth, are signified by the good nations, and those which do not accord with the Truth, by the wicked nations. There are two evil religious persuasions into which every church degenerates in process of time: the one consists in adulterating its Goods, and the other in falsifying its Truths. That which adulterates the Goods of the church, derives its origin from the love of rule; and the other, which falsifies the Truths of the church, derives its origin from the pride of self-derived intelligence. The religious persuasion which takes its origin from the love of rule, is meant in the Word by "Babylon"; and that which takes its origin from the pride of self-derived intelligence, is meant in the Word by "Philistia." It is well known who those of Babylon are at this day; but it is not known who those of Pliilistia are. Those are of "Philistia" [in a bad sense], who are in faith and not in charity.

That those are of "Philistia" who are in faith and not in charity, may appear from various things which are said of them in the Word, when understood in the spiritual sense; as well from their disputes with the servants of Abraham and Isaac, as recorded in Genesis xxi. and xxvi., as from their wars with the children of Israel, related in the book of Judges, and in the books of Samuel and of Kings; for all the "wars" described in the Word, involve and signify, in the spiritual sense, spiritual wars. And because this religious persuasion, which consists in faith separated from charity, continually desires to invade the church, therefore the Philistines remained in the land of Canaan, and frequently infested the children of Israel.

Because the "Philistines" represented those who are in faith separated from charity, therefore they were called the uncircumcised, and by the "uncircumcised" are meant those who are without spiritual love, and thence are only in natural love. Spiritual love is charity. The reason why these are called the uncircumcised, is, because by the "circumcised" are meant those who are in spiritual love. That the "Philistines" are called the uncircumcised, may be seen, 1 Samuel 17:20, 36; 2 Samuel 1:20; and in other places.

That those who are in faith separated from charity were represented by the "Philistines", is manifest not only from their wars with the children of Israel, but also from many other circumstances which are recorded of them in the Word: as from those which are related of Dagon their idol; as of the hemorrhoids and mice with which they were smitten and infested for placing the ark in the temple of their idol; and from the other things which occurred at the same time, and are mentioned, 1 Samuel 5, 6: likewise from the history of Goliath, who was a Philistine, and was slain by David, as related, 1 Samuel 17. For "Dagon", their idol, was above like a man, and below like a fish, by which was represented their religion, which by reason of faith, was as it were spiritual, but, from having no charity, was merely natural. By the "emerods", or hemorrhoids, with which they were smitten, were signified their filthy loves. By the "mice" with which they were infested, was signified the devastation of the church by falsifications of the Truth. And by "Goliath", who was slain by David, was represented the pride of their self-derived intelligence.

That those who are in faith separated from charity were represented by the "Philistines", appears also from the prophetic parts of the Word, where they are treated of; as from these following,

In Jeremiah -

"Against the Philistines; - Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein; so that the men shall cry, and every inhabitant of the land shall howl. Jehovah shall spoil [vastate] all the Philistines." (Jeremiah 47:1, 2, 4)

"Waters rising out of the north" are falsities from hell; "which shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein", signifies the devastation by them of all things of the church; the city, and them that dwell therein, signifies the devastation of all its truths of doctrine; "so that the men shall cry, and every inhabitant of the earth shall howl", signifies a want of all truth and goodness in the church; "Jehovah shall spoil [vastate] all the Philistines", signifies their destruction.

In Isaiah -

"Rejoice not, you whole Philistia, that the rod of him that smites you is broken: for from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent." (Isaiah 14:29)

"Rejoice not, you whole Philistia", signifies, let not them who are in faith separated from charity rejoice that they still remain; "for from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk", signifies that from the pride of self-derived, intelligence will proceed the destruction of all truth among them; "and his fruit shall be a a fiery flying serpent, signifies reasonings from false principles originating in evil, against the truths and goods of the church.

That by "circumcision" is represented purification from the evils of love merely natural, appears from these passages:

"Circumcise yourselves to Jehovah, and take away the foreskins. of your heart, lest My fury come forth, because of the evil of your doings, (Jeremiah 4:4)

"Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked." (Deuteronomy 10:16)

To "circumcise the heart", or the "foreskin of the heart", is to purify themselves from evils. Hence, on the contrary, by the "uncircumcised" are meant those who are not purified from the evils of love merely natural, thus who are not in charity. And because the unclean at heart is meant by the "uncircumcised", it is said "No stranger that is uncircumcised in heart, or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into My sanctuary." (Ezekiel 44:9)

"None that is uncircumcised shall eat the passover." (Exodus 12:48)

And that such are condemned, is declared in Ezekiel 28:10; 31:18; 32:19. Divine Providence 49-54.

29. Rejoice not, you whole Philistia, that the rod of him that smites you is broken: for from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

30. And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: but I will kill your root with famine; and your remnant he will slay.

Verses 29, 30. The subject here treated of is concerning those who believe the interior sight alone, appertaining to the natural man, to be faith, and that by such sight or faith they are justified and saved, thus denying that the good of charity is of any efficacy: such persons are understood by the "Philistines", and a company of them by "Philistia", as may be seen, Arcana Coelestia 3412, 3413. That this false principle, which is faith alone, or faith separated from charity, destroys all the Good and Truth of the church, is understood by its being said, "from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk"; the "root of the serpent" denoting that false principle, and the "basilisk" denoting the destruction of the Good and Truth of the church thereby; that hence there arises ratiocination from mere falsities, is understood by "his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent"; a "fiery flying serpent" denoting ratiocination from falsities. The deprivation of all Truth, and thence of all Good, is understood by "I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant he will slay"; "famine" denoting deprivation of Truth and Good, and "remains" things which are hatched from that principle. That such things are here signified, has also been made evident to me from much experience; they who have confirmed themselves in the doctrine concerning faith alone, both in doctrine and in life, appear in the spiritual world as "basilisks", and their reasonings as "fiery flying serpents." Apocalypse Explained 386.

From the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. - By a "fiery flying serpent" is meant evil shining from infernal fire: the same as is meant by the "fiery flying serpent" in Isaiah 14:29. Such an evil flies in the church when there is faith in momentaneous salvation from immediate mercy; for thereby:

1. Religion is abolished;
2. Security is induced; and
3. Condemnation is imputed to the Lord.

As to what concerns the First, that thereby religion is abolished; there are two essentials and at the same time universals of religion, an acknowledgement of a God, and repentance. These two essentials are useless to those who think to be saved barely from mercy, without regard to their lives; for what need have they of anything more than to say "God have mercy upon me "? As to everything else appertaining to religion, they are in the dark, indeed they love darkness. Of the first essential of the church, which is an acknowledgement of God, they only think, "What is God? Who ever saw Him ?" If it is affirmed that there is a God, and that He is one, they assent that He is one; if it is affirmed that there are three, they also say that there are three, but that these three are to be called one. This is their acknowledgement of God. Of the other essential of the church, which is repentance, they think nothing at all, and consequently. nothing of sin, and at length do not know that there is such a thing as sin. They then hear, and imbibe it with pleasure, that the law does not condemn, because, a Christian is not under its yoke. If you only say, "God have mercy upon me for Your Son's sake", you will be saved. This is repentance of life with them, But remove repentance, or what amounts to the same, separate life from religion, and what remains but the words, "Have mercy upon me "? Hence it is that they cannot conceive otherwise but that salvation is effected in a moment by means of those words, if not before, yet at the hour of death. In such case, what is the Word to them but like an obscure and enigmatic voice uttered from a tripod in a cave? or like an unintelligible response from the oracle of an idol? In a word, if you remove repentance, that is, separate life from religion, what else is a man but evil shining from infernal fire, or a "fiery flying serpent" - in the church? for without repentance, a man is in evil and evil is hell.

Secondly, That by faith in momentaneous salvation from pure mercy alone, security of life is induced. Security of life arises either from the belief of the impious that there is no life after death, or from the belief of those who separate life from salvation. A person of the latter description, although he believe in eternal life, still thinks, "Whether I live well, or live ill, I can be saved, because salvation is pure mercy, and the mercy of God is universal, and He wills not the death of anyone." If haply a thought occurs that mercy is to be implored by a form of words agreeable to the commonly received faith, he may think that this, if not before, can be done at the hour of death. Every man that is in such a state of security, makes light of adulteries, frauds, injustice, violence, blasphemies, and revenge; and gives a loose to his flesh and his spirit in the commission of all these evils. Nor does he know what spiritual evil is, and its concupiscences. If he hears anything thereof out of the Word, may be compared to something falling upon ebony and rebounding, or to something which falls into a ditch and is swallowed up.

Thirdly, That by such a faith. condemnation is imputed to the Lord. Who but must conclude, that if he is not saved, it is not the man's fault, but the Lord's, when everyone can be saved from pure mercy? If it be affirmed that faith is the means of salvation, he will urge, "What man is there to whom such faith may not be given, as it only consists in thought, which can be infused in every state of the spirit abstracted from worldly things, even with confidence?" He may further urge, "I cannot take it of myself; if therefore it is not given, and a man is condemned, what else can the condemned think, but that it is the Lord's fault, who could save him and would not?" And would not this be to call the Lord unmerciful ? Besides, in the warmth of his faith, he may ask, "Why can the Lord see so many condemned in hell, when He is nevertheless able to save all in a moment from a principle of pure mercy ?"-not to mention other suggestions of a similar nature, which can be called nothing but impious impeachments of the Divinity. Hence then it may appear that faith in momentaneous salvation from pure mercy, is the "fiery flying serpent" in the church. Divine Providence 340.

Verses 29-32. Rejoice not, you whole Philistia, etc. - "Philistia" is here described, which signifies the church, or those in the church, who are indeed in truths from the literal sense of the Word, or from revelation, and yet in filthy loves; whence their truths do not live, and the truths which do not live are turned into falsities, when they are brought from the exterior thought, which is the thought next to the speech, into the interior thought, which is of the understanding, and are there considered as to their origin, which they who are understood by the "Philistines" cannot see. The reason why they cannot see, is; because every man, even a wicked man, has the faculty of understanding, but not good of will, which is good of life, for this arises from love to God, and from love towards the neighbour, and these loves are what cause that faculty to communicate with heaven and thence to receive illustration. In these verses, therefore, are described those who are In truths without good, and that all the truths with them are turned into falsities. The spiritual sense therefore is as follows:

"Rejoice not, you whole Philistia, that the rod of him that smites you is broken", signifies that they should not rejoice on account of its being permitted them to remain in their heresy by reason of the fewness of those who are in truths from good. "For from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk", signifies that from the sensual man will arise a dogma destructive of all truth; the "Root of the serpent" denoting the sensual principle, which is the ultimate of the life of man, and the "basilisk" denoting the destruction of all truth;. "and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent", signifies, from which is produced a faith separate from charity; this is understood by a "fiery flying serpent", because by reasonings and by confirmations derived from things revealed, but not understood, it flies upwards, and thereby kills the things which are living. The same is therefore signified by the "basilisk" as by the "dragon", which is also called a "serpent", and the same by the "fiery flying serpent" as by the "beasts ascending out of the sea and out of the earth" which are treated of in the 13th chapter of the Apocalypse. Then "the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety", signifies that when that dogma is received by those who are natural and sensual men, and believe themselves to be more wise than others, then truths derived from good with those who desire truth and who will good, shall live; the "first-born " in the Word denoting truths born from good, the "poor" those who are not in truths but still desire them, and the "needy" those who are not in goods, but who still in heart will them. "But I will kill your root with famine, signifies that all truths, from first to last, with those who are in faith alone, will perish by falsities. "Howl, O gate! cry out, O city! signifies that neither will entrance be given to any truth, and that the doctrine will be composed of mere falsities; "gate" denoting entrance to the truths of doctrine, and "city" denotIng doctrine. "O Philistia, you art altogether dissolved, "signifies the destruction of that church by mere falsities; "for from the north cometh a smoke" signifies that all the false from evil will break in from hell; the "north" denoting hell, and "smoke" the false of evil, "and there is not a solitary one among his assemblies", signifies that there shall not be one truth remaining amongst their knowledges. "What answer dhall be given to the messengers of the nation?" signifies the illustration of those who are in the good of life from love to the Lord. "That Jehovah has founded Zion", signifies that a church shall be established from them; "and that in her the miserable of His people shall find refuge", signifies that they who are not in self-wisdom, and who overcome in temptations against those falsities, shall have intelligence and salvation. Apocalypse Explained 817. See also Arcana Coelestia 5897.

31. Howl, O gate! cry out, O city! O Philistia, you art altogether dissolved: for from the north cometh a smoke; and there is not a solitary one among his assemblies.

32. And what answer shall be given to the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah has founded Zion; and that in her the miserable of His people shall find refuge.

Verse 31. Howl, O gate! cry out, O city! O Philistia, you art altogether dissolved; for from the north cometh a smoke, etc. - By "gate" is signified the introductory truth of the church; by "city", doctrine; by "Philistia", faith. Hence by "Howl, O gate! cry out, O city! O Philistia, you art altogether dissolved", is signified the devastation of the church as to the truth of doctrine, and thence as to faith; by the "north" is signified the hell where and whence are the falsities of doctrine, and the falsities of faith; and by the "smoke", those falsities; hence by the "smoke coming out of the north", is signified the false devastating from the hells. Apocalypse Explained 539.


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Isaiah Chapter 14

1. FOR Jehovah will have mercy on Jacob, and will again choose Israel; and He will place them in their own land: and the sojourner shall be joined unto them, and they shall cleave unto the house of Jacob.

2. And the peoples shall take them, and bring them into their own place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Jehovah, as servants, and as handmaids: and they shall take them captive, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

3. And it shall be in that day, when Jehovah shall have given you rest from thine affliction, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage with which you wast made to serve,

4. That you shalt give utterance to this parable upon the king of Babel, and shalt say, How has the oppressor ceased! the exactress of gold ceased!

5. Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers.

6. He that smote the peoples in wrath, with a stroke not curable; he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

7. The whole earth is at rest, it is quiet: they burst forth into singing.

8. Even the fir-trees rejoice over you, the cedars of Lebanon, [saying] Since you art fallen, no feller has come up against us.

9. Hell from beneath is moved because of you to meet you at your coming: he rouseth for you the Rephaim, all the powerful ones of the earth: he makes to rise up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

10. All of them shall answer and shall say unto you, Art you, even you, become weak as we? art you made like unto us ?

11. Is then your magnificence brought down to hell; the sound of your viols? is the worm become your couch, and the earth-worm your covering?

12. How art you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art you cut down to the earth, you that didst weaken the nations!

13. For you didst say in your heart, I will ascend the heavens; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne: and I will sit upon the mount of the assembly, on the sides of the north:

14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

15. But you shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16. Those that see you shall look attentively at you; they shall consider you, [saying] Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that shook the kingdoms;

17. That made the world like a desert; that destroyed the cities thereof; that dismissed not his captives to their home?

18. All the kings of the nations, all of them, lie down in glory, each in his own house:

19. But you art cast out of the sepulchre, like an abominable shoot; like the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with the sword; like them that go down to the stones of the pit; like a trodden carcase.

20. You shalt not be joined unto them in the sepulchre, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people: the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever.

21. Prepare you slaughter for his sons, for the iniquity of their fathers; that they may not rise, and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities.

22. For I will rise up against them, says Jehovah of Hosts: and I will cut off from Babel the name, and the remnant; and the son, and the nephew, says Jehovah.

23. And I will make it an inheritance for the bittern, and stagnant pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, says Jehovah of Hosts.

24. Jehovah of Hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it be; and what I have purposed, that shall stand:

25. To break the Assyrian in My land, and to trample him on My mountains: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden shall depart from off their shoulder.

26. This is the purpose which is determined on the whole earth: and this the hand which is stretched out over, all the nations.

27. For Jehovah of Hosts has purposed, and who shall disannul it? and it is His hand that is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

28. In the year in which Ahaz the king died was this burden [or prophecy].

29. Rejoice not, you whole Philistia, that the rod of him that smites you is broken: for from the root of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

30. And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: but I will kill your root with famine; and your remnant he will slay.

31. Howl, O gate! cry out, O city! O Philistia, you art altogether dissolved: for from the north cometh a smoke; and there is not a solitary one among his assemblies.

32. And what answer shall be given to the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah has founded Zion; and that in her the miserable of His people shall find refuge.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 14


Další odkazy Swedenborga k tomuto verši:

天堂的奥秘 566, 2567, 2851, 3875, 8678

Apocalypse Revealed 737

天命 231

真實的基督徒信仰 754


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 1029

Last Judgment (Posthumous) 107, 108

Spiritual Experiences 4970, 4984, 5082

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 40

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