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Jérémie 51

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1 Ainsi a dit l'Eternel : voici, je m'en vais faire lever un vent de destruction contre Babylone, et contre ceux qui habitent au cœur [du Royaume] de ceux qui s'élèvent contre moi.

2 Et j'enverrai contre Babylone des vanneurs qui la vanneront, et qui videront son pays; car de tous côtés ils seront venus contre elle au jour de son mal.

3 Qu'on bande l'arc contre celui qui bande son arc, et contre celui qui se confie en sa cuirasse; et n'épargnez point ses gens d'élite, exterminez à la façon de l'interdit toute son armée;

4 Et les blessés à mort tomberont au pays des Caldéens; et les transpercés [tomberont] dans ses places;

5 Car Israël et Juda n'est point privé de son Dieu, de l'Eternel des armées; quoique leur pays ait été trouvé par le Saint d'Israël plein de crimes.

6 Fuyez hors de Babylone, et sauvez chacun sa vie, ne soyez point exterminés dans son iniquité; car c'est le temps de la vengeance de l'Eternel; il lui rend ce qu'elle a mérité.

7 Babylone a été comme une coupe d'or en la main de l'Eternel, enivrant toute la terre; les nations ont bu de son vin; c'est pourquoi les nations en ont perdu l'esprit.

8 Babylone est tombée en un instant, et a été brisée; hurlez sur elle, prenez du baume pour sa douleur, peut-être qu'elle guérira.

9 Nous avons traité Babylone, et elle n'est point guérie; laissez-la et allons-nous-en chacun en son pays; car son procès est parvenu jusqu’aux cieux, et s'est élevé jusqu’aux nues.

10 L'Eternel a mis en évidence notre justice. Venez, et racontons en Sion l'œuvre de l'Eternel notre Dieu.

11 Fourbissez les flèches, et empoignez à pleines mains les boucliers; l'Eternel a réveillé l'esprit des Rois de Méde; car sa pensée est contre Babylone pour la détruire, parce que c'est ici la vengeance de l'Eternel, et la vengeance de son Temple.

12 Elevez l'enseigne sur les murailles de Babylone, renforcez la garnison, posez les gardes, préparez des embûches; car l'Eternel a formé un dessein, même il a fait ce qu'il a dit contre les habitants de Babylone.

13 Tu étais assise sur plusieurs eaux, abondante en trésors; ta fin est venue, et le comble de ton gain déshonnête.

14 L'Eternel des armées a juré par soi-même, en disant : si je ne te remplis d'hommes comme de hurebecs, et s'ils ne s'entre-répondent pour s'encourager contre toi.

15 C'est lui qui a fait la terre par sa vertu, et qui a rangé le monde habitable par sa sagesse, et qui a étendu les cieux par son intelligence.

16 Sitôt qu'il fait ouïr sa voix il y a un grand bruit d'eaux dans les cieux; après qu'il a fait monter du bout de la terre les vapeurs, ses éclairs annoncent la pluie, et il tire le vent hors de ses trésors.

17 Tout homme paraît abruti dans sa science; tout fondeur est rendu honteux par les images taillées; car ce qu'ils fondent est une fausseté, et il n'y a point de respiration en elles.

18 Elles ne sont que vanité, et un ouvrage propre à abuser; elles périront au temps de leur visitation.

19 La portion de Jacob n'est point comme ces choses-là; car c'est celui qui a tout formé, et il est le lot de son héritage; son Nom est l'Eternel des armées.

20 Tu m'as été un marteau [et] des instruments de guerre; par toi j'ai mis en pièces les nations, et par toi j'ai détruit les Royaumes.

21 Et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le cheval et celui qui le monte; et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le chariot et celui qui était monté dessus.

22 Et par toi j'ai mis en pièces l'homme et la femme; et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le vieillard et le jeune garçon; et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le jeune homme et la vierge.

23 Et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le pasteur et son troupeau; et par toi j'ai mis en pièces le laboureur et ses bœufs accouplés; et par toi j'ai mis en pièces les gouverneurs et les magistrats.

24 Mais je rendrai à Babylone, et à tous les habitants de la Caldée, tout le mal qu'ils ont fait à Sion, vous le voyant, dit l'Eternel.

25 Voici, j'en veux à toi, montagne qui détruis, dit l'Eternel, qui détruis toute la terre; et j'étendrai ma main sur toi, et je te roulerai en bas du haut des rochers, et je te réduirai en montagne d'embrasement.

26 Et on ne pourra prendre de toi aucune pierre pour la placer à l'angle de l'édifice, ni aucune pierre pour servir de fondement, car tu seras des désolations perpétuelles, dit l'Eternel.

27 Levez l'enseigne sur la terre, sonnez de la trompette parmi les nations; préparez les nations contre elle; convoquez contre elle les Royaumes d'Ararat, de Minni, et d'Askenas; établissez contre elle des Capitaines, faites monter ses chevaux comme le hurebec qui se hérisse.

28 Préparez contre elle les nations, les Rois de Méde, ses gouverneurs, et tous ses magistrats, et tout le pays de sa domination.

29 Et la terre en sera ébranlée, et en sera en travail, parce que tout ce que l'Eternel a pensé a été effectué contre Babylone, pour réduire le pays en désolation, tellement qu'il n'y ait personne qui [y] habite.

30 Les hommes forts de Babylone ont cessé de combattre, ils se sont tenus dans les forteresses, leur force est éteinte, et ils sont devenus [comme] des femmes; on a brûlé ses demeures; et ses barres ont été rompues.

31 Le courrier viendra à la rencontre du courrier, et le messager viendra à la rencontre du messager, pour annoncer au Roi de Babylone que sa ville est prise par un bout;

32 Et que ses gués sont surpris, et que ses marais sont brûlés au feu, et que les hommes de guerre sont épouvantés.

33 Car ainsi a dit l'Eternel des armées, le Dieu d'Israël : la fille de Babylone est comme une aire; il est temps qu'elle soit foulée; encore un peu, et le temps de sa moisson viendra.

34 Nébucadnetsar Roi de Babylone, [dira Jérusalem], m'a dévorée et m'a froissée; il m'a mise dans le même état qu'un vaisseau qui ne sert de rien; il m'a engloutie comme un dragon; il a rempli son ventre de mes délices, il m'a chassée au loin.

35 Ce qu'il m'a ravi par violence, et ma chair [est] à Babylone, dira l'habitante de Sion; et mon sang est chez les habitants de la Caldée, dira Jérusalem.

36 C'est pourquoi ainsi a dit l'Eternel : voici, je m'en vais plaider ta cause, et je ferai la vengeance pour toi; je dessécherai sa mer, et je ferai tarir sa source.

37 Et Babylone sera réduite en monceaux, en demeure de dragons, en étonnement, et en opprobre, sans que personne [y] habite.

38 Ils rugiront ensemble comme des lionceaux, et bruiront comme des faons de lions.

39 Je les ferai échauffer dans leurs festins, et les enivrerai, afin qu'ils se réjouissent, et qu'ils dorment d'un sommeil perpétuel, et qu'ils ne se réveillent plus, dit l'Eternel.

40 Je les ferai descendre comme des agneaux à la tuerie, et comme [on y mène] les moutons avec les boucs.

41 Comment a été prise Sésac? et [comment] a été saisie celle qui était la louange de toute la terre? comment Babylone a-t-elle été réduite en désolation parmi les nations?

42 La mer est montée sur Babylone, elle a été couverte de la multitude de ses flots.

43 Ses villes ont été un sujet d'étonnement, une terre sèche et de landes, un pays où personne ne demeure, et où il ne passe pas un fils d'homme.

44 Je punirai aussi Bel à Babylone, et je tirerai hors de sa bouche ce qu'il avait englouti, et les nations n'aborderont plus vers lui; la muraille même de Babylone est tombée.

45 Mon peuple, sortez du milieu d'elle, et sauvez chacun sa vie de l'ardeur de la colère de l'Eternel.

46 De peur que votre cœur ne s'amollisse, et que vous n'ayez peur des nouvelles qu'on entendra dans tout le pays; car des nouvelles viendront une année, et après cela [d'autres] nouvelles une [autre] année, et il y aura violence dans la terre, et dominateur sur dominateur.

47 C'est pourquoi voici, les jours viennent que je punirai les images taillées de Babylone, et tout son pays sera rendu honteux, et tous ses blessés à mort tomberont au milieu d'elle.

48 Les cieux, et la terre, et tout ce qui y est, se réjouiront avec chant de triomphe contre Babylone, parce qu'il viendra de l'Aquilon des destructeurs contre elle, dit l'Eternel.

49 Et comme Babylone a fait tomber les blessés à mort d'Israël, ainsi les blessés à mort de tout le pays tomberont à Babylone.

50 Vous qui êtes échappés de l'épée, marchez, ne vous arrêtez point; souvenez-vous de l'Eternel dans ces pays éloignés où vous êtes, et que Jérusalem vous revienne au cœur.

51 [Mais vous direz] : nous sommes honteux des reproches que nous avons entendus; la confusion a couvert nos faces, en ce que les étrangers sont venus contre les Sanctuaires de la maison de l'Eternel.

52 C'est pourquoi voici, les jours viennent, dit l'Eternel, que je ferai justice de ses images taillées, et les blessés à mort gémiront par tout son pays.

53 Quand Babylone serait montée jusqu'aux cieux, et qu'elle aurait fortifié le plus haut de sa forteresse, toutefois les destructeurs y entreront de par moi, dit l'Eternel.

54 Un grand cri s'entend de Babylone, et un grand débris du pays des Caldéens.

55 Parce que l'Eternel s'en va détruire Babylone, et il abolira du milieu d'elle la voix magnifique, et leurs flots bruiront comme de grosses eaux, l'éclat de leur bruit retentira.

56 Car le destructeur est venu contre elle, contre Babylone; ses hommes forts ont été pris, et leurs arcs ont été brisés; car le [Dieu] Fort des rétributions, l'Eternel, ne manque jamais à rendre la pareille.

57 J'enivrerai donc ses principaux et ses sages, ses gouverneurs et ses magistrats, et ses hommes forts; ils dormiront d'un sommeil perpétuel, et ils ne se réveilleront plus, dit le Roi dont le Nom est l'Eternel des armées.

58 Ainsi a dit l'Eternel des armées : Il n'y aura aucune muraille de Babylone, quelque large qu'elle soit, qui ne soit entièrement rasée; et ses portes, qui sont si hautes, seront brûlées au feu; ainsi les peuples auront travaillé inutilement, et les nations pour le feu, et elles s'y seront lassées.

59 C'est ici l'ordre que Jérémie le Prophète donna à Séraja, fils de Nérija, fils de Mahaséja, quand il alla de la part de Sédécias Roi de Juda en Babylone, la quatrième année de son Règne; or Séraja était principal Chambellan.

60 Car Jérémie écrivit dans un livre tout le mal qui devait venir sur Babylone; savoir toutes ces paroles qui sont écrites contre Babylone.

61 Jérémie donc dit à Séraja : Sitôt que tu seras venu à Babylone, et que tu l'auras vue, tu liras toutes ces paroles-là;

62 Et tu diras : Eternel, tu as parlé contre ce lieu-ci pour l'exterminer, en sorte qu'il n'y ait aucun habitant, depuis l'homme jusqu'à la bête, mais qu'il soit réduit en désolations perpétuelles.

63 Et sitôt que tu auras achevé de lire ce livre, tu le lieras à une pierre, et le jetteras dans l'Euphrate;

64 Et tu diras : Babylone sera ainsi plongée, et elle ne se relèvera point du mal que je m'en vais faire venir sur elle, et ils en seront accablés. Jusques ici sont les paroles de Jérémie.

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bouche
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

Milieu
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

colère
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Peur
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après
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honteux
To be ashamed (Gen 2:25) signifies to be in evil

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

épée
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...

souvenez
'To remember,' as in Genesis 41:9, signifies conjunction. 'Remembering' denotes conjunction because the remembrance of anyone in the other life joins them together, because as...

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

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

couvert
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extin­guished.

étrangers
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.

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

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

pris
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Rendre
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.

portes
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ordre
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Jérémie
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prophète
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Quatrième
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Règne
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un
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livre
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venir
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

vue
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parlé
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la bête
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l'euphrate
The river Euphrates signifies, in Psalms 80:9, 10, signifies the sensual and scientific principle.

Euphrate
The river Euphrates signifies, in Psalms 80:9, 10, signifies the sensual and scientific principle.

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1327. Jéhovah confondit la lèvre de toute la terre, signifie l'état de cette Eglise Ancienne, dans laquelle le culte interne commençait à se détruire : c'est ce qui est évident, en ce qu'il est dit : la lèvre de toute la terre, et non ; comme au verset 1, la lèvre de ceux qui avaient commencé de bâtir la ville et la tour ; la face de toute la terre signifie l'état de l'Eglise, car la terre c'est l'Eglise, comme je l'ai déjà expliqué, numéros 662, 1066. Voici ce qui arriva à l'égard des Eglises après le déluge. Il y eut trois Eglises dont il est spécialement fait mention dans la Parole, savoir : la Première Eglise Ancienne, qui fut nommée Noach ; la Seconde Eglise Ancienne, qui tira son nom d'Eber ; et la Troisième Eglise Ancienne, qui prit son nom de Jacob, et ensuite de Judah et d'Israël. Quant à ce qui concerne la Première Eglise, savoir, celle qui fut nommée Noach, elle fut comme la mère de celles qui suivirent ; et selon ce qui a coutume d'arriver aux Eglises dans leurs commencements, elle eut plus de pureté et d'innocence, comme on le voit aussi par le premier Verset de ce Chapitre, où il est dit qu'il y avait en elle une seule lèvre, c'est-à-dire une même doctrine, en ce sens que la charité était pour tous l'essentiel ; mais par succession de temps, ainsi qu'il arrive ordinairement aux Eglises, elle commença aussi à tomber, et surtout en ce que plusieurs de ceux qui la composaient commencèrent à tourner le culte sur eux-mêmes pour s'élever ainsi au-dessus des autres, comme on le voit ci-dessus, Vers. 4 ; car ils dirent :

« Bâtissons-nous une ville et une tour, et que son sommet » soit dans le ciel, et faisons-nous un nom. de tels hommes ne purent être dans l'Eglise que comme une sorte de ferment ou comme des torches incendiaires. Lorsque par là le danger de la profanation de la sainteté, dont j'ai parlé numéros 571, 582, fut imminent, l'état de cette Eglise fut changé par la Providence du Seigneur, c'est-à-dire que son culte interne périt et que le culte externe resta, ce qui est signifié ici par ces mots : Jéhovah confondit la lèvre de toute la terre. De là il est évident aussi qu'un tel culte, qui est appelé Babel, n'eut point de force dans la Première Eglise Ancienne, mais qu'il prévalut dans les Eglises suivantes, lorsqu'on commença à adorer les hommes comme des Dieux, surtout après leur mort ; de là tant de Dieux chez les nations. Pourquoi fut-il permis que le culte interne périt et que l'externe restât ? Ce fut pour qu'il n'y eut pas profanation de la sainteté. La profanation de la sainteté entraîne avec soi à damnation éternelle. Nul ne peut profaner la sainteté, à moins qu'il n'ait les connaissances de la foi et qu'il ne les reconnaisse ; or celui qui ne les a point ne peut les reconnaître, ni à plus forte raison les profaner. Ce sont les internes qui peuvent être profanés ; car la sainteté est dans les internes et non dans les externes il en est de cela comme d'un homme qui fait le mal sans penser au mal ; le mal qu'il fait ne peut lui être imputé, de même qu'on ne peut l'imputer non plus à celui qui le fait sans propos délibéré, ou à celui qui manque de rationalité : ainsi celui qui ne croit pas qu'il existe une vie après la mort, mais qui a néanmoins un culte externe, ne peut profaner les choses qui appartiennent à la vie éternelle, parce qu'il ne croit pas qu'elles existent. Il en est autrement pour ceux qui connaissent et qui reconnaissent. Voilà aussi pourquoi il est permis à l'homme de vivre plutôt dans les voluptés et dans les cupidités, et de s'éloigner par elles des internes, que d'arriver à la connaissance et à la reconnaissance des internes et de les profaner. C'est pour cela qu'il est permis aux Juifs de se plonger aujourd'hui dans l'avarice, pour qu'ils s'éloignent ainsi le plus possible de la reconnaissance des internes ; car ils sont tels que s'ils les reconnaissaient, il ne pourraient s'empêcher de profaner : rien n'éloigne plus des internes que l'avarice, parce que c'est la plus basse cupidité terrestre. Il en est de même d'un grand nombre de personnes qui sont dans l'Eglise, et il en est aussi de même des nations qui sont hors de l'Eglise ; celles-ci, savoir, les nations, peuvent moins que tous autres profaner. C'est donc par cette raison qu'il est dit ici que Jéhovah confondit la lèvre de toute la terre ; et que ces mots signifient qu'il y eut dans cette Eglise un changement d'état, c'est-à-dire que son culte devint externe sans renfermer en lui aucun culte interne. La même chose fut représentée et signifiée par la captivité de Babylone où furent emmenés les Israélites et ensuite les Juifs ; il en est ainsi parlé dans Jérémie :

« Et il arrivera que la nation et le royaume qui ne serviraient pas le roi de Babel, et quiconque ne met pas son cou sous le joug du roi de Babel, je visiterai cette nation par l'épée, et par la famine, et par la peste, jusqu'à ce que je les consumé par sa main. » - Jérémie 27:8, , , , , ; , , Jérémie 29:16-17.

Rester dans la ville et n'en point sortir pour aller vers le roi de Babel, représentait et signifiait ceux qui étaient dans les connaissances des internes ou des vérités de la foi et qui les profanaient ; il est dit que l'épée, la famine et la peste, qui sont les peines de la profanation, seraient envoyées centre eux, et qu'ils deviendraient comme des figues sauvages. Que par Babel soient signifiés ceux qui privent les autres de toute connaissance et de toute reconnaissance du vrai, c'est aussi ce qui a été représenté et signifié dans le même Prophète par ces paroles :

« Je livrerai tout Juda dans la main du roi de Babel ; et il les transportera dans Babel, et il les frappera de l'épée ; et je livrerai toutes les richesses de cette ville, et tout son travail, et tout ce qu'elle a de précieux, et tous les trésors des rois de Juda ; je (les) livrerai dans la main de leurs ennemis, et ils les pilleront, et ils s'en empareront. » - Jérémie 20:4-5.

Là, toutes les richesses, tout le travail, tout ce qu'il y a de précieux, tous les trésors des rois de Juda, signifient, dans le sens interne, les connaissances de la foi.

Dans le Même :

« J'amènerai avec les familles du septentrion le roi de Babel sur cette terre, et » sur ses habitants et sur toutes ces nations des environs, et je les dévouerai à l'extermination, et je les mettrai en désolation, et en sifflement et en dévastations du siècle ; et toute cette terre sera en dévastation. » - Jérémie 25:9, 11.

Ici est décrite la dévastation par Babel des intérieurs de la foi ou du culte interne ; car celui qui est dans le culte de soi-même n'a aucun vrai de la foi, et il détruit, dévaste et conduit en captivité tout ce qui est vrai ; aussi Babel est-elle appelée montagne de corruption, - Jérémie 51:25.

Voir en outre ce qui a déjà été dit de Babel, numéro 1182.

(Odkazy: Genèse 11:7)


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Arcanes Célestes 1363, 2049, 2051, 2115, 2383, 2426, 2520, 2799, 2868, 2897, 2913, 2986, 3031, 3079, 3380, 3398, 3542, 3708, 3727, 3757, 3898, 3901, 4031, 4289, 4447, 4601, 4744, 4874, 5044, 5128, 6348, 6959, 8882, 8902, 8904, 9298, 10227, 10287

The Last Judgment 54

La Nouvelle Jérusalem et sa Doctrine Céleste 172, 246, 247


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Apocalypse Explained 104, 1029

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Ésaïe 41:16

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16 Tu les vanneras, et le vent les emportera, et le tourbillon les dispersera; mais tu t'égayeras en l'Eternel, tu te glorifieras au Saint d'Israël.

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Explanation of Isaiah 41      

Napsal(a) Rev. John H. Smithson

THE EXPLANATION of Isaiah Chapter 41

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

1. KEEP silence before Me, O islands; and let the peoples renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

VERSE 1. ["Silence" is predicated of the church and of the individual when Judgment approaches. "When the interiors of the evil are opened, astonishment is occasioned, to which "silence" corresponds; thus when "the seventh seal was opened, (Revelation 8:1) there was silence in heaven for the space of half an hour", which signified the astonishment of the angels at the evil states of the church, when the interiors were opened, as signified by "the opening of the seals." "Silence" also corresponds to any strong emotion of the mind, by whatever cause excited. See Apocalypse Explained 487; Apocalypse Revealed 389.]

2. Who has raised up [One in] justice from the East, has called Him to His foot? has subdued nations before His face, and given Him dominion over kings? has made them like the dust to His sword, and like the driven stubble to His bow?

Verse 2. These things are said concerning the Lord, and concerning His dominion over evils and falsities. By "the unions which He subdued before Him", are signified evils; and by "the kings over whom He gave Him dominion, ' are signified falsities.

That both the former and the latter are dissipated as nothing by His Divine Truth, and by doctrine thence derived, is signified by "He gave them as dust to His sword, and as driven stubble to His bow"; His "sword" denoting Divine Truth, and His "bow" doctrine.

That evils and falsities are dispersed as nothing, is signified by "as the dust, and as driven stubble." It is said that" evils and falsities are so dispersed", and thereby are understood those who are in evils, and thence in falsities, in the other life. Apocalypse Explained 357.

These words relate to the Lord, who is said to be "raised up from the East", because He was conceived of the Divine Itself, which in its essence is Divine Love, from which also the Lord is the Sun of the angelic heaven.

To "call in justice" signifies to restore heaven and the church; for the "justice" of the Lord signifies, in the Word, that from His own power He saved the human race, which was effected by reducing all things in the heavens and the hells into order. Apocalypse Explained 422.

That the subjugation of the hells and the arrangement of the heavens by the Lord, likewise the glorification of His Humanity, and hence the salvation of those who receive the Lord in faith and love, is "Justice" and "Merit", which belong to the Lord alone, may be confirmed from many passages in the Word.

But they who do not know that spirits from the hells are with man, and that thence be has evils and falsities; and also that angels from heaven are with him, whence he has Goods and Truths, and that thus the life of man on the one hand is joined to the hells, and on the other to the heavens, that is, by the heavens to the Lord: and, further, they who do not know that man can by no means be saved, except the hells are subjugated and the heavens reduced to order, and thus all things made subject to the Lord, cannot understand this.

From this it is evident that the Good of the Lord's Merit is the only Good which reigns in heaven; for the Good of the Lord's Merit is also now the continual subjugation of the hells, and thus the safety or salvation of the faithful. That Good is the Good of the Lord's Love, for from Divine Love, whilst He was in the world, He fought and overcame. From divine power in the Human, hence acquired, He alone to eternity fights and conquers for heaven and the church, thus for the universal human race, and thus saves them.

This now is the Good of Merit which is called "Justice", because it is of Justice to subdue the efforts of the hells to destroy the human race, and thus to guard and to save the good and the faithful. Arcana Coelestia 9715.

3. He pursued them; He passed in peace; by a way He had not gone with His feet.

4. Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I Jehovah, the first; and with the last, I am He.

Verses 3, 4. It should be known that one thing in the Word, especially in the Prophets, is described by a twofold expression, as in Isaiah:

"He passed in peace", etc.; "Who has performed and done It?" etc., where one expression relates to Good and the other to Truth or one to the things of the will, and the other to the things of the understanding; thus to "pass in peace" involves the things which are of the will:

"the way He had not gone with His feet", the things of the understanding; in like manner" to perform and to do."

Thus the things which are of the will and of the understanding, are in the Word conjoined, consequently the things which are of love and of truth or which is the same, celestial and spiritual things, that in every particular of the Word there may be something like a marriage, and may thus relate to the heavenly marriage [of the Good and the True] Arcana Coelestia 683.

5. The islands saw, and were afraid; the ends of the earth trembled: they drew near; and they came.

6. Everyone helped his neighbour; and said to his brother, Be strong.

Verse 5. Speaking of the advent of the Lord. By "the islands and the ends of the earth" are understood the nations which are remote from thw Truths of the church; and by "their fear and trembling" are signified commotions of mind, arising from the dread of perishing [at the period of Judgment] Apocalypse Explained 677.

Verses 5, 18. The islands saw, and were afraid, etc. I will make the desert a pool of waters, and the dry ground springs of waters. - The establishment of the church amongst the Gentiles is thus described they being signified by the "islands" and the "ends of the earth", for these expressions in the Word signify those who are further distant from the Truths and Goods of the church, inasmuch as they have not the Word; and consequently are in ignorance.

That the church shall be established among them, is signified by "I will make the desert a pool of waters, and the dry ground springs of waters"; it is called a "desert where there is not yet Good, because there is not yet Truth, from which it is also called the "dry land"; a "pool of waters" and "springs of waters" signify Good, because Truth; for all spiritual Good, which is the Good of the church, is procured by Truths. Apocalypse Explained 304.

Verse 6. Everyone helped his neighbour, etc.

- As to "neighbour" and "brother", see Chapter 19:2, the Exposition.

7. And the carpenter encouraged the founder; he that smooths with the hammer, him that smote the anvil, saying of the soldering, It is good: and he fixes it with nails, that it may not be moved.

Verse 7. Here "the carpenter encouraged [or strengthened] the founder" is predicated of what is evil; "he that smooths", etc., of the false. That what is "smooth" is predicated, in a good sense, of what is True, and, in the opposite sense, of what is false, may be proved from the following passages:

"Inflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree; among the smooth [things] of the valley is your portion"; (Isaiah 57:5, 6) where to be " inflamed "is said of evil, and "the smooth things of the valley" of what is false.

Again,

"Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongue they speak smooth things." (Psalm 5:9) Arcana Coelestia 3527.

Saying of the soldering, It is good.

- [The "soldering" (junctura) denotes, by correspondence, a conjoining medium, by which falsities are made to cohere together as though they were Truths. This "soldering" or this conjoining medium is, especially, fallacious reasoning, either from the letter of the Word not understood, or from false doctrines taken as principles of thought. As to "nails" and "pegs", which also signify conjoining mediums, see above, Chapter 22:23, the Exposition.]

8. But you, O Israel, My servant; you, O Jacob, whom I have chosen; the seed of Abraham, My friend:

9. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and have called you from the sides thereof: and I said unto you, You art My servant; I have chosen you, and have not rejected you:

Verse 8. The regeneration of man is here treated of, where "Israel" and "Jacob", as in many other passages, are distinguished; and by " Israel" is signified the spiritual internal church, and by "Jacob" the external of the same. Both are called "the seed of Abraham", that is, of the celestial church, because the celestial, the spiritual, and the natural thus succeed each other. Arcana Coelestia 1025. See also 3441.

Verses 8, 9. By "Israel", in the supreme sense, is, understood the Lord as to the internal of the church, wherefore by "the seed of Israel" likewise is signified the divine Truth which is with those who are of the church signified by him; for by "Israel" is also understood the church with those who are interiorly natural, and in truths there from a spiritual origin, wherefore the church, which is spiritual-natural, is also thereby signified. Apocalypse Explained 768.

10. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God: I have strengthened you, I have also helped you; yea, I have supported you with the right hand of My justice.

11. Behold, all they that were incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; the men that contended with you shall become as nothing, and shall perish.

12. You shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even the men that strove with you: they shall become as nothing, and as a thing of nought, even the men that warred against you.

13. For I am Jehovah your God, holding your right hand; saying unto you, Fear not; I will help you.

Verses 10, 13. I have strengthened you, I have also helped you; yea, I have supported you with the right hand of My justice, etc. "I have strengthened you, I have also helped you", signifies to give power and intelligence from Omnipotence and Omniscience, which is from Divine Good by Divine Truth; wherefore it is said - "I have supported you with the right hand of My justice"; by the "right hand" is signified Divine Truth, and by "justice?' Divine Good.

The power and wisdom thence derived to man, is denoted by "holding [or confirming] your right hand." Forasmuch as both, namely, Omnipotence and Omniscience, which appertain to the Lord from Divine Good by Divine Truth, are here understood, He is therefore called "Jehovah God"; for the Lord is called "Jehovah" from Divine Good, and "God" from Divine Truth, as may be seen in the Arcana Coelestia 709, 732. Apocalypse Explained 298.

14. Fear not, you worm Jacob; you mortals of Israel: I will help you, says Jehovah, and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

15. Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small and shalt make the hills as chaff.

16. You shalt winnow them, and the wind shall bear them away; and the tempest shall scatter them: but you shalt rejoice in Jehovah; in the Holy One of Israel shalt you glory.

Verse 14. I will help you, says Jehovah; and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. - To "redeem'' signifies, in a proper sense, to restore and to appropriate to one's self what had been one's own, and it is predicated of slavery, of death, and of evil; when of slavery, "those are understood who, having been made slaves, are, in the spiritual sense, delivered from hell; when of death, those who are in damnation are understood; and when of evil, those are understood who are in hell, for the evil from which the angel redeemed Jacob, (Genesis 48:16) is hell. (Whereas the Lord delivered man from these things by making the Human in Himself Divine, therefore it is His Divine Human which, in the Word, is called "Redeemer", as in Isaiah 41:14; 49:7, 26; 54:5. In these passages is distinguished the Divine Itself, which is called "Jehovah", from the Divine Human, which is called "Redeemer" and the "Holy One of Israel." Arcana Coelestia 6281.

Verses 14-16. By "Jacob" is understood the external church as to Good and Truth, and hence also external Good and Truth, which is Good and Truth from the sense of the letter of the Word, in which they are principled who belong to the external Church. The reason why these are compared to a "new sharp threshing instrument having teeth" is, because a "threshing instrument" separated the wheat, barley, and other grain from the ear, and by these are signified the Goods and Truths of the church, as may be seen above, Apocalypse Explained 374, 375.

But here the comparison is used to denote the bruising and breaking up of evils and falsities: wherefore it is said "You shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff", by which is signified the destruction of evils arising from the loves of self and of the world, and also of the falsities thence derived. Hence it is also said, "You shalt winnow them and the wind shall bear them away, and the tempest shall scatter them", by which is signified that they shall be as of no account; "wind" and "tempest" are both mentioned, because evils and falsities are understood, for "wind" is predicated of truths, and, in an opposite sense, of falsities, and "tempest" or "storm" of the evils of the false. Apocalypse Explained 405.

As to "storms" and "whirlwinds" at the time of Judgment see Chapter 17:13, the Exposition.

17. The poor and the needy seek waters, and there are none; their tongue is parched with thirst: I Jehovah will hear them; the God of Israel, I will not forsake them.

Verses 17, 18. The subject here treated of is concerning the salvation of the Gentiles by the Lord who are called "poor and needy" from a defect and ignorance of Truth. Their desire of knowing Truths from those who are in the church, where there were not Truths, is described by "their seeking waters where there are none", and "their tongue being parched or failing for thirst"; "water" denoting Truth, and "thirst" the desire thereof.

That they shall be instructed by the Lord, is signified by "I will open in the high places rivers, and in the midst of the valleys fountains", to "open rivers", denoting to give intelligence; "in the high places", in the interior man; "In the midst of the valleys" denotes the exterior man; and to "make fountains", to instruct in Truths.

To "make the desert into a pool of waters, and the dry ground into springs of waters", signifies abundance of Truth with those who before were in defect and ignorance thereof; the "desert" denotes where there is no Good because no Truth, and the "dry ground" where there is no Truth and thence no Good; the "pool of waters" and the "springs of waters" signify abundance of the knowledges of Truth.

From these considerations it is evident that waters, fountains, springs, rivers, and pools of water are not here [literally] meant, but the knowledges of Truth and intelligence thence derived, whence comes salvation. Apocalypse Explained 483,

To "open rivers in the high places" denotes to give interior intelligence; "fountains in the midst of the valleys" signifies to instruct the external man in Truths. Apocalypse Explained 518.

18. I will open in the high places rivers, and in the midst of the valleys fountains: I will make the desert into a pool of waters, and the dry ground in to springs of waters,

Verses 18, 19. These words signify to give intel]igence from spiritual Truth and from natural truths; "rivers in the high places" signifying intelligence from spiritual Truths, and "fountains in the midst of the valleys" intelligence from natural truths by "making the desert into a pool of wafers, and the dry ground into spring waters", is signified to fill with truths the spiritual man and the natural man, where before there were not any truths: the spiritual Ulan, in whom before there was not any truth, is understood by a "desert", and the natural man, into whom there was not before any spiritual influx, is understood by the "dry ground."

Truths in abundance, appertaining to the spiritual man, are understood by the "pool of waters" and truths in abundance, appertaining to the natural man, by "springs of waters." By "giving in the desert the cedar of Shittah, the myrtle, and the oil-tree", is signified to give rational truths and the perception thereof; and by "setting in the wilderness the fir, the pine, and the box", are signified, in like manner, natural truths, which are scientifics and knowledges, with the understanding thereof. The "cedar" denotes rational truth of a superior order, the "myrtle" rational truth of an inferior order, and the "oil-tree" the perception of Good and thence of Truth; the "fir" denotes natural truth of a superior order, the "pine", natural truth of an inferior order, and the "box", the understanding of Good and Truth in the natural principle. Apocalypse Explained 730.

19. In the desert I will give the cedar of Shittah, the myrtle, and the oil-tree: I will set the fir-tree in the wilderness; the pine, and the box together:

Verse 19. These things are said concerning the establishment of the church by the Lord amongst the nations. By the "wilderness" and "desert" is signified where there was before no Good because no Truth; by "the cedar of Shittah, the myrtle, and the oil-tree, is signified spiritual and celestial Good; and by "the fir, the pine, and the box", the Good and Truth thence derived in the natural principle; for every "tree" mentioned in the Word has a particular signification which relates to the Good and Truth of the church; and the "cedar of Shittah", the "myrtle", and the "oil-tree", signify such things as are in the spiritual or internal man, and the "fir", the "pine", and the "box", such as are in the natural or external man. Apocalypse Explained 875.

The "wood and timber of Shittah" was the wood of the most excellent species of cedar, and by the "cedar" is signified the spiritual principle of the church. That the "wood of Shittim" was a species of cedar, is evident from Isaiah 41:19, where the "cedar of Shittah" stands for spiritual Good, and the "oil-tree" for celestial Good. "Shittim-wood" is the Good of Merit, which is of the Lord alone, and which is the only Good that reigns in heaven and which makes heaven; hence it was that that wood was the only wood which was employed in the construction of the Tabernacle, by which heaven was represented; and also of the Ark in which was the Testimony, - its bars or staves; also the Table upon which was the shew-bread, and its bars or staves; likewise the boards of the Sanctuary, and the bars and columns of the Covering; in like manner the Altar, and its bars or staves, were all made of this wood, as may be seen from Exodus 25:10, 13, 23, 28; 26:15, 26, 37.

The Good of Merit is the Good proceeding from the Divine Human of the Lord, which is Christian Good, or spiritual Good with man; it is this Good by which man is saved, for the good which is from any other source is not good, because the Divine is not in it, thus heaven is not in it; and consequently there is no salvation in it. Arcana Coelestia 9172.

20. That they may see, and may know, and may consider, and understand together, that the hand of Jehovah has done this, and that the Holy One of Israel bath created it.

Verse 20. The subject here treated of is concerning the establishment of the church amongst the nations. "Desert" signifies their not being in Good, because in ignorance of Truth; for all Good into which man is reformed is given only by Truths. "That they may see, and may know, and may consider, and understand together", signifies knowledges, understanding, perception, and affection, which are of the love of Good and Truth. From such significations it is evident that by "the Holy One of Israel creating this" is signified reformation, consequently that to "create" is to reform. Apocalypse Explained 294. See also True Christian Religion 573.

The Holy One of Israel has created it.

- As to "creating" and the end for which the Universe has been "created", see Chapter 43:1, 7. Exposition.

21. Produce your cause, says Jehovah: bring forth your strong [reasons], says the King of Jacob.

Verse 21 That the Lord invites man to "reason" with Him, in order that his rational mind and his reflective faculties may be directed to spiritual things, see Chapter 1:18, the Exposition.

As to the negative employment of our "reason", when exercising it from the fallacies of our sensual mind and from negative principles against the Word, which is the origin of all infidelity, and as to the affirmative or right use of our "rational faculties", when reasoning respecting the Divine Word and its Truths, see above, Chapter 36:1, the Exposition.

22. Let them bring them forth, and tell us what shall happen: I let them show the former things, what they are; and we will lay them to heart, and we shall know the event thereof: or declare to us things to come hereafter.

23. Show us the signs of what will be the future, that we may know that you are gods: yea, do good, or do evil; that we may be dismayed, and behold. it together.

Verses 22, 23. That to speak of things future is of the Lord alone, and not of any man or of any spirit, is expressed by "Show us the signs of the future that we may know that you are gods." This is the conclusion of those thIngs which precede, wherefore to "show a sign" is to testify by persuasion that what is saId may be believed. Apocalypse Explained 706.

As to the further meaning of a "sign", see Chapter 45:11, 13.; see also above, Chapter 8:18, the Exposition.

24. But, behold, you are less than nothing; and your work is less than nought: an abomination is he that chooses you!

Verse 24. You are less than nothing; - an abomination is he that chooses you. - [These words imply that whatsoever in the church does not exist from faith in the Lord, and from the Truths of the Word, is of no use whatever to the salvation of man.]

25. I will raise up one from the north, and he shall come; from the rising of the sun shall he call upon My name: and he shall trample on princes as upon mire, even as the potter treads down the clay.

Verse 25. The reason why "from the rising of the sun unto the setting thereof" signifies all from first to last who are in the Good of love to the Lord, is because all who are in heaven have their habitations according to the quarters; and they who are in the Good of love to the Lord dwell from the east to the west, - in th e east those who are in the clear Good of love, and in the west those who are in the obscure Good of love; hence by "from the rising of the sun to the setting" are signified all who are in that Good from first to last. Its being said in Isaiah "I will raise up one from the north, and he shall come; from the rising of the sun", etc., signifies those who are without the church, and those who are within it; for by the "north" is signified where Truth is in obscurity, and thus those who are without the church, because they are in an obscure principle as to Truths, by reason that they have not the Word, and hence do not know anything concerning the Lord; and by "the rising of the sun" are signified those who are within the church, because they have the Word, in which the Lord is always present, and so in His rising. That by "the east, or rising of the sun", and by "the west, or setting of the sun", are understood the Good of love in clearness, and the Good of love in obscurity, may be seen in the work concerning Heaven and Hell 141, 148; and that by the "north" is signified Truth in obscurity, may be seen in the same chapter, the quarters in the spiritual world being there treated of. By "the setting of the sun" is also signified the state of the church when it is in ignorance, which is its first state; and by "the rising of the sun" is signified its state when it is in light." By "the setting of the sun", is also signified the state of the church when it is in evils and falsities thence derived; and by "the rising of the sun", when it is in Goods and Truths thence derived. Apocalypse Explained 401.

As to the "Sun" of the spiritual world, see Chapter 30:26, the Exposition.

He shall trample on princes as upon mire, etc. - That "princes" in a good sense signify primary Truths, but in an opposite sense primary falsities, see Chapter 1:23; 10:7, 8, the Exposition. As to "mire" and "mud", see Chapter 5:25, the Exposition.

26. Who has declared this from the beginning, that we, should know it? and beforehand that we might say, It is just? There was not one that showed it; not one that declared it. there was not one that heard your words.

27. [I] first [said] to Zion, Behold, behold them! and I gave to Jerusalem the messenger of good tidings.

Verses 26, 27. [It does not appear that Swedenborg has quoted these verses, but they evidently imply that the Lord, by His Word, is the only Source of all Truth and Goodness to His church and to the human mind, and that "idols" and "graven images, as denoting false doctrines, the traditions of men, and the figments of self-derived intelligence, are "less, or worse than nothing."]

28. But I looked, and there was no man; and from among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I inquired of them, could return a word.

Verse 28. In the Word, and especially in the Prophets, the term "man" [vir] is often named, namely, "man and wife", "man and woman", "man and inhabitant", and also "man [vir] and man [homo]"; and by "man" [vir, ish], in the internal sense, is signified that which is of the understanding, which is Truth; and by "wife", "woman", "inhabitant", and "man" [homo, adam], that which is of the will, which is Good, as in Isaiah:

"I looked, and there was no man [vir], and no counsellor", etc. (Isaiah 41:28)

Again,

"I came, and there was no man", etc. (Isaiah 1:2)

See also Isaiah 59:14-16; (Jeremiah 5:1; Zephaniah 3:6. Arcana Coelestia 3134.

29. Behold, they are all iniquity; their works are nothing: wind and emptiness are their molten images.

Verse 29. "Wind and emptiness" denote the falsities of evil and the evils of the false; "wind" the falsities of evil, and "emptiness" the evils of the false; for where there is emptiness and vacuity, that is, where there is no Good and no Truth, there is evil and the false. That falsities are here signified by "wind", is evident from its being said, "They are all iniquity; their works are nothing"; likewise by its being said, "Wind and emptiness are their molten images"; for by "molten images " are signified the things which man hatches from self derived intelligence, all which are evils and falsities. Apocalypse Explained 419.

As to "molten and graven images" and "idols", see Chapter 2:20; 40:18-20, the Exposition.

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Isaiah Chapter 41

1. KEEP silence before Me, O islands; and let the peoples renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

2. Who has raised up [One in] justice from the East, has called Him to His foot? has subdued nations before His face, and given Him dominion over kings? has made them like the dust to His sword, and like the driven stubble to His bow?

3. He pursued them; He passed in peace; by a way He had not gone with His feet.

4. Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I Jehovah, the first; and with the last, I am He.

5. The islands saw, and were afraid; the ends of the earth trembled: they drew near; and they came.

6. Everyone helped his neighbour; and said to his brother, Be strong.

7. And the carpenter encouraged the founder; he that smooths with the hammer, him that smote the anvil, saying of the soldering, It is good: and he fixes it with nails, that it may not be moved.

8. But you, O Israel, My servant; you, O Jacob, whom I have chosen; the seed of Abraham, My friend:

9. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and have called you from the sides thereof: and I said unto you, You art My servant; I have chosen you, and have not rejected you:

10. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God: I have strengthened you, I have also helped you; yea, I have supported you with the right hand of My justice.

11. Behold, all they that were incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; the men that contended with you shall become as nothing, and shall perish.

12. You shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even the men that strove with you: they shall become as nothing, and as a thing of nought, even the men that warred against you.

13. For I am Jehovah your God, holding your right hand; saying unto you, Fear not; I will help you.

14. Fear not, you worm Jacob; you mortals of Israel: I will help you, says Jehovah, and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

15. Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small and shalt make the hills as chaff.

16. You shalt winnow them, and the wind shall bear them away; and the tempest shall scatter them: but you shalt rejoice in Jehovah; in the Holy One of Israel shalt you glory.

17. The poor and the needy seek waters, and there are none; their tongue is parched with thirst: I Jehovah will hear them; the God of Israel, I will not forsake them.

18. I will open in the high places rivers, and in the midst of the valleys fountains: I will make the desert into a pool of waters, and the dry ground in to springs of waters,

19. In the desert I will give the cedar of Shittah, the myrtle, and the oil-tree: I will set the fir-tree in the wilderness; the pine, and the box together:

20. That they may see, and may know, and may consider, and understand together, that the hand of Jehovah has done this, and that the Holy One of Israel bath created it.

21. Produce your cause, says Jehovah: bring forth your strong [reasons], says the King of Jacob.

22. Let them bring them forth, and tell us what shall happen: I let them show the former things, what they are; and we will lay them to heart, and we shall know the event thereof: or declare to us things to come hereafter.

23. Show us the signs of what will be the future, that we may know that you are gods: yea, do good, or do evil; that we may be dismayed, and behold. it together.

24. But, behold, you are less than nothing; and your work is less than nought: an abomination is he that chooses you!

25. I will raise up one from the north, and he shall come; from the rising of the sun shall he call upon My name: and he shall trample on princes as upon mire, even as the potter treads down the clay.

26. Who has declared this from the beginning, that we, should know it? and beforehand that we might say, It is just? There was not one that showed it; not one that declared it. there was not one that heard your words.

27. [I] first [said] to Zion, Behold, behold them! and I gave to Jerusalem the messenger of good tidings.

28. But I looked, and there was no man; and from among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I inquired of them, could return a word.

29. Behold, they are all iniquity; their works are nothing: wind and emptiness are their molten images.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 41


Další odkazy Swedenborga k tomuto verši:

Arcanes Célestes 842, 3305, 9229, 9680

L’Apocalypse Révélée 173, 336, 343

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 40

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 93


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Apocalypse Explained 204, 405, 419

Marriage 93

Scriptural Confirmations 19, 95

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