Arcana Coelestia #638

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638. Verse 14 Make yourself an ark of planks of gopher; you shall make the ark with rooms and cover it 1 inside and out with bitumen.

'The ark' means the member of this Church. 'Planks of gopher' means his lusts. 'Rooms' means the two parts of man - that of the will and that of the understanding. 'Bitumening it inside and out with bitumen 1 means preservation from the deluge of evil desires.

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1. literally, bitumen it

  
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