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Genesis 34:18

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18 And their words are good in the eyes of Hamor, and in the eyes of Shechem, Hamor's son;

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Arcana Coelestia 4471

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Arcana Coelestia 2943, 4430, 4444

Références des travaux inédits de Swedenborg :

Apocalypse Explained 443

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Arcana Coelestia #2943

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2943. 'To all entering into the gate of his city, saying' means matters of doctrine through which one comes to faith. This is clear from the meaning of 'a gate' as a place of entry and so as that which, in the same way as a door, leads in, dealt with in 2145, 2152, 2356, 2385, and from the meaning of 'a city' as truth, which constitutes faith, dealt with in 402, 2268, 2449, 2451, 2712. In the Ancient Church a city was not like the city of later or of modern times. That is to say, a city did not consist of a collection or gathering together of individuals but of separate families living side by side. A family descended from the same forefather constituted a city. The city of Nahor, for example, to which Abraham's servant went to betroth Rebekah to Isaac, Genesis 24:10, consisted of the family of Nahor which was there. And Shalem, the city of Shechem, to which Jacob came after his departure from Paddan Aram, Genesis 33:18 and the whole of Chapter 34, consisted of the family of Hamor and Shechem which was there. And the same was so with all other cities in those times.

(références: Genesis 34:2, 34:4, 34:6, 34:8, 34:11, 34:13, 34:18, 34:20, 34:24, 34:26)

[2] And as it had come down to them from the most ancient people that nations and families represented heavenly communities, and so the things of love and charity, 685, 1159, therefore when a city is mentioned instead of a family, and a people instead of a nation, truth that constitutes faith is meant. It is also why in the genuine sense the city of God and the holy city mean faith in the Lord. And as 'a city' meant faith, 'the gate of the city' means matters of doctrine through which one comes to faith. The same was also meant in the Jewish representative Church by the judges and elders sitting in the gate of the city and giving judgement there, as is evident from historical sections of the Word, and also in Zechariah,

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth, everyone to his companion; judge in your gates the truth and the judgement of peace. Zechariah 8:16.

And in Amos,

Hate evil, and love good, and establish judgement in the gate. Amos 5:15.

'A gate' also means the place of entry into the rational mind, and the rational mind is compared to a city, see 2851.

(références: Arcana Coelestia 655, Genesis 23:10)

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Arcana Coelestia 2976, 3066, 3270, 3318, 3322, 3466, 3708, 3730, 4393, 4396, 4434, 4477, 4478, 4492, 4500, 4507, 4555, 5135, 5297, 5774, 6419, 6661, 7102, 7297, 7595, 8902, 9039, 9141, 9166, 9193, 9262, 9340, 9348, 9594, 9643, 10105, 10287

The White Horse 9

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 1

Références des travaux inédits de Swedenborg :

Apocalypse Explained 112, 175, 193

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