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Jérémie 50

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1 La parole que l'Eternel prononça contre Babylone, [et] contre le pays des Caldéens, par le moyen de Jérémie le Prophète.

2 Faites savoir parmi les nations, et publiez-le, et levez l'enseigne; publiez-le, ne le cachez point; dites : Babylone a été prise; Bel est rendu honteux; Mérodac est brisé, ses idoles sont rendues honteuses, et leurs dieux de fiente sont brisés.

3 Car une nation est montée contre elle de devers l'Aquilon, qui mettra son pays en désolation, et il n'y aura personne qui y habite; les hommes et les bêtes s'en sont fuis, ils s'en sont allés.

4 En ces jours-là, et en ce temps-là, dit l'Eternel, les enfants d'Israël viendront, eux et les enfants de Juda ensemble; ils marcheront allant et pleurant, et cherchant l'Eternel leur Dieu.

5 Ceux de Sion s'enquerront du chemin vers lequel [ils devront dresser] leurs faces, [et ils diront] : venez, et vous joignez à l'Eternel. Il y a une alliance éternelle, elle ne sera jamais mise en oubli.

6 Mon peuple a été comme des brebis perdues; leurs pasteurs les ont fait égarer, et les ont fait errer par les montagnes; ils sont allés de montagne en colline, et ils ont mis en oubli leur gîte.

7 Tous ceux qui les ont trouvées les ont mangées, et leurs ennemis ont dit : nous ne serons coupables d'aucun mal, parce qu'ils ont péché contre l'Eternel, contre le séjour de la justice; et l'Eternel a été l'attente de leurs pères.

8 Fuyez hors de Babylone, et sortez du pays des Caldéens, et soyez comme les boucs qui vont devant le troupeau.

9 Car voici, je m'en vais susciter et faire venir contre Babylone une assemblée de grandes nations du pays de l'Aquilon, qui se rangeront en bataille contre elle, de sorte qu'elle sera prise. Leurs flèches seront comme celles d'un homme puissant, qui ne fait que détruire, et qui ne retourne point à vide.

10 Et la Caldée sera abandonnée au pillage, et tous ceux qui la pilleront seront assouvis, dit l'Eternel.

11 Parce que vous vous êtes réjouis, parce que vous vous êtes égayés, en ravageant mon héritage, parce que vous vous êtes engraissés comme une génisse qui est à l'herbe, et que vous avez henni comme de puissants chevaux.

12 Votre mère est devenue fort honteuse, et celle qui vous a enfantés a rougi; voici, elle sera toute la dernière entre les nations, elle sera un désert, un pays sec, une lande.

13 Elle ne sera plus habitée à cause de l'indignation de l'Eternel, elle ne sera tout entière que désolation; quiconque passera près de Babylone sera étonné, et lui insultera à cause de toutes ses plaies.

14 Rangez-vous en bataille contre Babylone, mettez-vous tout alentour; vous tous qui tendez l'arc, tirez contre elle, et n'épargnez point les traits; car elle a péché contre l'Eternel.

15 Jetez des cris de joie contre elle tout alentour; elle a tendu sa main; ses fondements sont tombés, ses murailles sont renversées; car c'est ici la vengeance de l'Eternel; vengez-vous d'elle; faites-lui comme elle a fait.

16 Retranchez de Babylone le semeur, et celui qui tient la faucille au temps de la moisson; que chacun s'en retourne vers son peuple, et que chacun s'enfuie vers son pays, à cause de l'épée de l'oppresseur.

17 Israël est comme une brebis égarée que les lions ont effarouchée. Le Roi d'Assur l'a dévorée le premier, mais ce dernier-ci, Nébucadnetsar Roi de Babylone, lui a brisé les os.

18 C'est pourquoi ainsi a dit l'Eternel des armées, le Dieu d'Israël : voici, je m'en vais visiter le Roi de Babylone et son pays, comme j'ai visité le Roi d'Assyrie.

19 Et je ferai retourner Israël en ses cabanes; il paîtra en Carmel et en Basan, et son âme sera rassasiée en la montagne d'Ephraïm, et de Galaad.

20 En ces jours-là, et en ce temps-là, dit l'Eternel, on cherchera l'iniquité d'Israël, mais il n'y en aura point; et les péchés de Juda, mais ils ne seront point trouvés; car je pardonnerai à ceux que j'aurai fait demeurer de reste.

21 [Venez] contre ce pays-là, vous [deux] rebelles; monte contre lui, et contre les habitants destinés à la visitation; taris, et détruis à la façon de l'interdit après eux, dit l'Eternel, et fais selon toutes les choses que je t'ai commandées.

22 L'alarme est au pays, et une grande calamité.

23 Comment est mis en pièces et est rompu le marteau de toute la terre! Comment Babylone est-elle réduite en sujet d'étonnement parmi les nations!

24 Je t'ai tendu des filets, et aussi as-tu été prise, ô Babylone! et tu n'en savais rien; tu as été trouvée, et même attrapée, parce que tu t'en es prise à l'Eternel.

25 L'Eternel a ouvert son arsenal, et en a tiré les armes de son indignation; parce que le Seigneur l'Eternel des armées a une entreprise à exécuter dans le pays des Caldéens.

26 Venez contre elle des bouts de la terre, ouvrez ses granges, foulez-la comme des javelles; détruisez-la à la façon de l'interdit, et qu'elle n'ait rien de reste.

27 Coupez la gorge à tous ses veaux, et qu'ils descendent à la tuerie; malheur à eux! car le jour est venu, le temps de leur visitation.

28 [On entend] la voix de ceux qui s'enfuient, et qui sont échappés du pays de Babylone, pour annoncer dans Sion la vengeance de l'Eternel notre Dieu, la vengeance de son Temple.

29 Assemblez à cri public les archers contre Babylone; vous tous qui tirez de l'arc, campez-vous contre elle tout alentour; que personne n'échappe; rendez-lui selon ses œuvres; faites-lui selon tout ce qu'elle a fait; car elle s'est fièrement portée contre l'Eternel, contre le Saint d'Israël.

30 C'est pourquoi ses gens d'élite tomberont dans les places, et on fera perdre la parole à tous ses gens de guerre en ce jour-là, dit l'Eternel.

31 Voici, j'en veux à toi, qui es la fierté même, dit le Seigneur l'Eternel des armées; car ton jour est venu, le temps auquel je te visiterai.

32 La fierté bronchera et tombera, et il n'y aura personne qui la relève; j'allumerai aussi le feu en ses villes, et il dévorera tous ses environs.

33 Ainsi a dit l'Eternel des armées : les enfants d'Israël et les enfants de Juda ont été ensemble opprimés; tous ceux qui les ont pris les retiennent, et ont refusé de les laisser aller.

34 Leur Rédempteur est fort, son Nom [est] l'Eternel des armées; il plaidera avec chaleur leur cause, pour donner du repos au pays, et mettre dans le trouble les habitants de Babylone.

35 L'épée est sur les Caldéens, dit l'Eternel, et sur les habitants de Babylone, sur ses principaux, et sur ses sages.

36 L'épée est tirée contre ses Devins, et ils en perdront l'esprit; l'épée est sur ses hommes forts, et ils [en] seront épouvantés.

37 L'épée est sur ses chevaux, et sur ses chariots, et sur tout l'amas de diverses sortes de gens lequel [est] au milieu d'elle, et ils deviendront [comme] des femmes; l'épée est sur ses trésors, et ils seront pillés.

38 La sécheresse sera sur ses eaux, et elles tariront; parce que c'est un pays d'images taillées, et ils agiront en insensés à l'égard de leurs dieux qui les épouvantent.

39 C'est pourquoi les bêtes sauvages des déserts avec celles des Iles y habiteront, et les chats-huants y habiteront aussi; et elle ne sera plus habitée à jamais, et on n'y demeurera point en quelque temps que ce soit.

40 Il n'y demeurera personne, a dit l'Eternel, et aucun fils d'homme n'y habitera, comme dans la subversion que Dieu a faite de Sodome et de Gomorrhe, et de leurs lieux circonvoisins.

41 Voici, un peuple et une grande nation vient de l'Aquilon, et plusieurs Rois se réveilleront du fond de la terre.

42 Ils prendront l'arc et l'étendard; ils sont cruels, et ils n'auront point de compassion; leur voix bruira comme la mer, et ils seront montés sur des chevaux; chacun d'eux est rangé en homme de guerre contre toi, fille de Babylone.

43 Le Roi de Babylone en a ouï le bruit, et ses mains en sont devenues lâches; l'angoisse l'a saisi, [et] un travail comme de celle qui enfante.

44 Voici, il montera comme un lion à cause de l'enflure du Jourdain, vers la demeure du pays rude, et après que je les aurai fait reposer je les ferai courir hors de la Caldée, et qui est d'élite, que je lui donne commission contre elle? Car qui est semblable à moi? et qui me déterminera le temps? et qui sera le Pasteur qui tiendra ferme contre moi?

45 C'est pourquoi écoutez la résolution que l'Eternel a prise contre Babylone, et les desseins qu'il a faits contre le pays des Caldéens : si les plus petits du troupeau ne les traînent par terre, et si on ne réduit en désolation leurs cabanes sur eux.

46 La terre a été ébranlée du bruit de la prise de Babylone, et le cri en a été ouï parmi les nations.

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Arcanes Célestes 289, 468, 583, 1186, 1326, 1813, 2025, ...

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Brève Explication de la Doctrine 120

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 4, 34, 38, 39, 40, 53

La Doctrine de l'Écriture Sainte 51, 79

Du Ciel et de L'Enfer 365

The Last Judgment 54

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 45, 83, 93, 158, 188, 294, 637, ...


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 131, 275, 278, 304, 328, 355, 357, ...

The White Horse - Appendix 1

Marriage 45, 83, 93

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 19, 51, 98

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l'eternel
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...

Babylone
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...

Pays
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

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

Jérémie
Jeremiah, in the Book of Jeremiah 1:1 and what follows, represents the Lord. (Arcana Coelestia 2838 [2]). In Jeremiah 13:7, he signifies the state of...

prophète
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

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

Bel
Bel (Isa. 46:1) signifies the profanation of truth.

idoles
Idols of stone signify worship from falsities of doctrine. Idols of wood signify worship from evils of doctrine. Idols of silver signify worship from what...

habite
'To tarry,' as in Genesis 27:44, signifies almost the same thing as 'to dwell,' except that 'to tarry' relates to the life of truth with...

temps
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

dit
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

Enfants
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

d'Israël
'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...

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.

cherchant
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...

Dieu
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

oubli
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.

brebis
It’s pretty easy for most people to read the Bible and get a sense for what “sheep” means without any help. They are simple, peaceful,...

les montagnes
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

colline
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...

Justice
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...

pères
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...

troupeau
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

Assemblée
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...

flèches
'Shafts' or 'arrows' signify truths and spiritual truth.

Puissant
Mighty,' as in Revelation 19:18, signify people who are educated about doctrine derived from the Word. By extension, 'mighty' signifies education or learning derived from...

retourne
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.

héritage
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

à
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.

mère
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...

désert
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...

habitée
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...

arc
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil de­stroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)

main
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

Vengeance
'To be avenged seventy and seven fold' denotes damnation.

moisson
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épée
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roi
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armées
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Carmel
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âme
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Ephraïm
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péchés
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...

Les habitants
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

visitation
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...

après
'A hind,' as mentioned in Genesis 49:21, signifies the affection of natural truth.

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

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

jour
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

voix
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

s'enfuient
To flee signifies to escape, and be rescued. To flee signifies to be overcome.

temple
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...

guerre
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

feu
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...

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

Rédempteur
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Nom
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chevaux
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milieu
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femmes
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trésors
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eaux
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images
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.

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

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

grande
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

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

réveilleront
'Awake' denotes a clear state.

mer
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

fille
"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...

Lion
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.

jourdain
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...

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Habacuc 2:8

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8 Parce que tu as butiné plusieurs nations, tout le reste des peuples te butinera, et à cause aussi des meurtres des hommes, et de la violence [faite] au pays, à la ville, et à tous ses habitants.

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1159. And all fat and splendid things are departed from thee, signifies that all things good and true and satisfying and grand, which they were persuaded they would secure through that religious persuasion, are turned into opposites. This is evident from the signification of "fat things," as being what is good and thus satisfying (of which presently); also from the signification of "splendid things," as being what is true and thus grand. This is the signification of "splendid things," because splendor is from light, and the light of heaven is the Divine truth or the Divine wisdom, from which all things in the heavens shine with a splendor such as does not exist in the world; it may be compared with the splendor of a diamond turned to the sun, although the splendor seen in heaven exceeds this beyond measure, as the light of heaven exceeds the light of the world, with a difference so great that while it may be illustrated by comparisons it cannot be described. From that light all things magnificent in the heavens exist, which consist principally of forms corresponding to wisdom, which are such as can in no way be pictured in the world, and consequently cannot be described, for in them art itself is in its art, and knowledge in its wisdom, consequently they are of ineffable beauty. From all this it is clear why "splendid things" signify what is true and thus grand.

(Odkazy: Revelation 18:14)


[2] "Fat things" signify what is good and thus satisfying, because the fat is the best part of flesh and because it resembles oil, which signifies the good of love. That "fatness" signifies good and things pertaining to good, thus satisfactions and joys, can be seen from the following passages in the Word. In Isaiah:

In hearkening hearken unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, that your soul may be delighted in fatness (Isaiah 55:2).

"To eat that which is good" signifies to appropriate good to oneself; therefore "to be delighted in fatness" signifies to be in a state of satisfaction and blessedness. In Jeremiah:

I will fill the soul of the priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with good (Jeremiah 31:14).

Here, too, "fatness" signifies satisfaction and blessedness from the good of love. In David:

With fat and fatness my soul shall be satisfied, and my mouth will praise Thee with lips of songs (Psalms 63:5).

"To have the soul satisfied with fat and fatness" signifies to be filled with the good of love and consequent joy; "to praise with lips of songs" signifies to worship by truths that gladden the mind. In the same:

They shall be filled with the fatness of Thy house, and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures (Psalms 36:8).

The "fatness" with which the house shall be filled signifies the good of love and consequent satisfaction, "house" being the things of the mind; "the river of pleasures" that he will make them to drink of signifies intelligence and consequent happiness.

[3] In Isaiah:

In this mountain shall Jehovah of Hosts make to all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of lees, of fat things of marrows, and of lees well refined (Isaiah 25:6).

This is said of the state of those who will acknowledge and worship the Lord. That "mountain" signifies a new church from these, "a feast of fat things, of fat things of marrows," signifies both natural and spiritual good with joy of heart, and "lees, and lees well refined" signify truths from that good with happiness from them. In the same:

Jehovah shall give the rain of thy seed with which thou shalt sow the land, and bread of the produce of the land, and it shall be fat and plenteous (Isaiah 30:23).

"Rain of seed" signifies the multiplication of truth, and "bread of produce" signifies fructification of good; "fat and plenteous" signifies good and truth with all satisfaction and happiness. In David:

They shall still have increase in old age, they shall be fat and green, to proclaim that Jehovah is upright (Psalms 92:14-15).

"To be fat and green" signifies to be in the goods and truths of doctrine. In the same:

Jehovah shall remember all thy offerings and shall make fat thy burnt-offering (Psalms 20:3).

"Offerings and burnt-offering" signify worship, and to "make fat" signifies worship from the good of love. "Fatness" has the same signification in Ezekiel 34:3; Genesis 27:39 elsewhere. As "fat and fatness" signified the good of love, and all worship which is truly worship must be from the good of love, therefore:

It was appointed that all the fat and fatness in the sacrifices should be burnt on the altar (Exodus 29:13, 22; Leviticus 1:8; 3:3-16; 4:8-35; 7:3-4, 30-31; 17:6; Numbers 18:17-18).

For "sacrifices and burnt-offerings" signified worship.

[4] As the Jewish and Israelitish nation was only in external worship, and not also in internal worship, and in consequence was in no good of love and in no good of charity and faith:

It was forbidden them to eat the fat and blood, and it was declared that they would be cut off if they should eat them (Leviticus 3:17; 7:23, 25).

But to those who are in internal worship and from that in external worship, such as those must be who will be of the Lord's New Church, it is said:

That they shall eat fat till they be full, and drink blood till they be drunken (Ezekiel 39:19);

"fat" here signifying all the good of heaven and of the church, and "blood" all their truth. In the contrary sense those who are "fat" signify those who are nauseated at good, or who at least despise and reject it (Deuteronomy 32:15; Jeremiah 5:28; 50:11; Psalms 17:10; 20:4; 68:31; 119:70 elsewhere).

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[5] But such is not the lot of those who are permanently evil. All who are permanently evil are in hell according to the loves of their life; and there they think and speak from thought, although they speak falsities, and they will and from will do, although they do evils. Moreover, to one another they appear like men, although in the light of heaven they have monstrous forms. From this it can be seen why it is according to a law of order relating to reformation, which is called a law of Divine providence, that man is not let into the truths of faith and the goods of love except so far as he can be withheld from evils and held in goods even to the end of life, and that it is better for a man to be permanently evil than that he be good and afterwards evil, for thus he becomes profane. It is for this reason that the Lord, who provides all things and foresees all things, hides the operations of His providence, even to the extent that man scarcely knows whether there be any providence whatever, and man is permitted to attribute what he does to prudence, and what happens to him to fortune, and even to ascribe many things to nature, rather than that he should, through conspicuous and clear indications of the Divine providence and presence, plunge unseasonably into sanctities in which he will not continue. The Lord also permits like things by other laws of His providence, namely, by these, that man should have freedom, and that he should do whatever he does according to reason, thus wholly as if of himself, for it is better for a man to ascribe the workings of the Divine providence to prudence and fortune than to acknowledge them and still live as a devil. From this it is clear that the laws of permission, which are many, proceed from the laws of providence.

(Odkazy: Revelation 18:14)

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Apocalypse Explained 1157, 1188


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