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1 Gedenk, HEERE, wat ons geschied is, aanschouw het, en zie onzen smaad aan.

2 Ons erfdeel is tot de vreemdelingen gewend, onze huizen tot de uitlanders.

3 Wij zijn wezen zonder vader, onze moeders zijn als de weduwen.

4 Ons water moeten wij voor geld drinken; ons hout komt ons op prijs te staan.

5 Wij lijden vervolging op onze halzen; zijn wij woede, men laat ons geen rust.

6 Wij hebben den Egyptenaar de hand gegeven, en den Assyrier, om met brood verzadigd te worden.

7 Onze vaders hebben gezondigd, en zijn niet meer, en wij dragen hun ongerechtigheden.

8 Knechten heersen over ons; er is niemand, die ons uit hun hand rukke.

9 Wij moeten ons brood met gevaar onzes levens halen, vanwege het zwaard der woestijn.

10 Onze huid is zwart geworden gelijk een oven, vanwege den geweldigen storm des hongers.

11 Zij hebben de vrouwen te Sion verkracht, en de jonge dochters in de steden van Juda.

12 De vorsten zijn door hunlieder hand opgehangen; de aangezichten der ouden zijn niet geeerd geweest.

13 Zij hebben de jongelingen weggenomen, om te malen, en de jongens struikelen onder het hout.

14 De ouden houden op van de poort, de jongelingen van hun snarenspel.

15 De vreugde onzes harten houdt op, onze rei is in treurigheid veranderd.

16 De kroon onzes hoofds is afgevallen; o wee nu onzer, dat wij zo gezondigd hebben!

17 Daarom is ons hart mat, om deze dingen zijn onze ogen duister geworden.

18 Om des bergs Sions wil, die verwoest is, waar de vossen op lopen.

19 Gij, o HEERE, zit in eeuwigheid, Uw troon is van geslacht tot geslacht.

20 Waarom zoudt Gij ons steeds vergeten? Waarom zoudt Gij ons zo langen tijd verlaten?

21 HEERE, bekeer ons tot U, zo zullen wij bekeerd zijn; vernieuw onze dagen als van ouds.

22 Want zoudt Gij ons ganselijk verwerpen? Zoudt Gij zozeer tegen ons verbolgen zijn?

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 123


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De hemelse Verborgenheden die in de Heilige Schrift of het Woord van de Heer 23, 488, 643, 2165, 2799, 2851, 3069, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 52, 189, 323, 503, 546, 620, 764, ...


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 126, 131, 152, 270, 272, 326, 386, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

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heere
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...

ons
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

huizen
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

moeders
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...

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...

geld
'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,...

drinken
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...

hout
'Wood' signifies good, as well the good of love to the Lord as the good of charity towards our neighbor.

komt
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

Prijs
'Not for price or reward' signifies something freely given from divine love.

halzen
'The neck' signifies influx and the communication of interior and exterior levels and the following conjunction. The inmost or third heaven has reference to the...

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...

gegeven
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

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...

vaders
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

ongerechtigheden
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...

zwaard
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

woestijn
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huid
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...

Oven
'An oven,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies hell, where the people live who confirm themselves in false doctrines and evils of life from earthly and...

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

steden
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

Juda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

opgehangen
'To hang,' as mentioned in Genesis 41:13, signifies rejecting. 'Hanging' represents the damnation of profanation.

Ouden
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.

Malen
‘To grind’ is to collect and learn the things that are serviceable to faith.

jongens
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...

struikelen
To 'stumble' denotes being scandalized or offended, and falling, as a result, from truths into falsities.

onder
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poort
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harten
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afgevallen
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ogen
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vossen
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lopen
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eeuwigheid
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troon
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geslacht
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Vergeten
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.

dagen
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Apocalypse Revealed # 899

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899. And twelve gates. This symbolizes all the concepts of truth and goodness by which a person is introduced into the church.

Gates symbolize concepts of truth and goodness from the Word, because a person is introduced into the church by them. For the wall that had the gates symbolizes the Word, as explained just above in no. 898. Moreover we are later told that "the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each gate was of one pearl" (verse 21), and pearls symbolize concepts of truth and goodness (no. 727). Clearly it is by these concepts that people are introduced into the church, as through gates into a city.

That the number twelve symbolizes all people may be seen in no. 348 above.

Gates symbolize concepts of truth and goodness also in the following places:

I will... lay your foundations in sapphires; I will make your pinnacles of garnets, and your gates carbuncle-stones. 1 (Isaiah 54:11-12)

Jehovah loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! (Psalms 87:2-3)

Enter through His gates with confession... Confess Him, bless His name. (Psalms 100:4)

Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem is built as a city that holds fast together. (Psalms 122:2-3)

Praise Jehovah, O Jerusalem! ...For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children in your midst. (Psalms 147:12-13)

...that I may recount all Your praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion. (Psalms 9:14)

Open the gates, that a righteous nation which keeps its fealties may enter in. (Isaiah 26:2)

...raise your voice... that they may enter the gate of the princes. (Isaiah 13:2)

Blessed are those who do His commandments... and enter through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)

Lift up your heads, O you gates... that the King of glory may come in. (Psalms 24:7, 9)

The roads to Zion mourn... All her gates are desolate; her priests groan... (Lamentations 1:4)

Judah mourned, and her gates have been made to languish. (Jeremiah 14:2)

Jehovah has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion... Her gates have sunk into the ground. (Lamentations 2:8-9)

...who make a man to sin against the Word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate... (Isaiah 29:21)

They chose new gods; then he began to attack the gates. (Judges 5:8)

And so on elsewhere, as in Isaiah 3:25-26; 14:31; 22:7; 24:12; 28:6; 62:10; Jeremiah 1:15; 15:7; 31:38, 40; Micah 2:13; Nahum 3:13; Judges 5:11.

Since gates symbolize introductory truths, which are concepts from the Word, therefore the elders of the city used to sit as judges at the gates, as is apparent from Deuteronomy 21:18-21; 22:15; Lamentations 5:14; Amos 5:12, 15; Zechariah 8:16.

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Footnotes:

1. A name variously applied in former times to precious stones of a red or fiery color.

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(Odkazy: Deuteronomy 21:18-22; Isaiah 24:21; Revelation 21:12, 21:21)

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True Christianity 197


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