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Tužaljke 1

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1 Kako osamljena sjedi prijestolnica, nekoć naroda puna; postade kao udovica, nekoć velika među narodima. Vladarica nad pokrajinama, na tlaku sad ide.

2 Noći provodi gorko plačući, suzama pokriva obraze. Nikog nema da je utješi, od svih koji su je ljubili. Svi je prijatelji iznevjeriše i postaše joj neprijatelji.

3 Izagnan je Juda, u nevolji je i u progonstvu teškom. Sad živi među poganima, ne nalazi počinka. Svi ga gonitelji sustižu u tjesnacima.

4 Putovi sionski tuguju jer nitko ne dolazi na svetkovine. Sva su vrata razvaljena, svećenici uzdišu, ucviljene su djevice njegove, a on je pun gorčine.

5 Tlačitelji njegovi sada gospodare, neprijatelji likuju: Jahve ga ucvili zbog grijeha njegovih premnogih. Djeca mu otišla u izgnanstvo pred tlačiteljem.

6 Povukla se od Kćeri sionske sva slava njezina. Knezovi joj postadoše k'o ovnovi koji paše ne nalaze; nemoćni vrludaju ispred goniča.

7 Jeruzalem se spominje danÄa bijede i lutanja, kad mu narod dušmanu u ruke pade a nitko mu pomoći ne pruži. Tlačitelji ga gledahu smijući se njegovoj propasti.

8 Teško sagriješi Jeruzalem, postade kao nečistoća ženina. Svi što ga štovahu, sada ga preziru: jer vidješe golotinju njegovu. On samo plače i natrag se okreće.

9 Skuti su mu uprljani, nije ni sanjao što ga čeka. Duboko je pao, a nikog da ga tješi. "Pogledaj, Jahve, moju nevolju: jer neprijatelj likuje."

10 Neprijatelj poseže rukom za svim dragocjenostima njegovim. Gledao je gdje pogani provaljuju u njegovo Svetište, oni kojima si zabranio i pristup u svoj zbor.

11 Sav narod njegov jeca, tražeći kruha; svi daju dragulje za hranu da bi ponovo živnuli. Evo, Jahve, pogledaj kako sam prezren.

12 Svi vi što putem prolazite, pogledajte i vidite ima li boli kakva je bol kojom sam ja pogođen, kojom me Jahve udari u dan žestokog gnjeva svoga!

13 S visine pusti oganj, utjera ga u kosti moje. Pred noge mrežu mi razape i tako me nauznak obori; ucvili me, ožalosti za sva vremena.

14 Natovario me mojim grijesima, rukom ih svojom pritegnuo; na vrat mi ih navalio, snagu mi oduzeo. Predao me Gospod u ruke njihove, ne mogu se uspraviti.

15 Sve junake iz moje sredine Gospod odbaci: digao je zbor protiv mene da uništi uzdanicu moju. U tijesku izgazi Gospod mene, djevicu, kćerku Judinu.

16 Zato moram plakati, oči mi suze liju, jer daleko je od mene moj tješitelj da mi duh povrati. Sinovi su moji poraženi, odveć silan bijaše neprijatelj.

17 Sion pruža ruke: nema mu tješitelja. Jahve je protiv Jakova sa svih strana pozvao tlačitelje; i tako Jeruzalem postade među njima strašilo.

18 Jahve, on je pravedan; jer riječi se njegovoj protivih. Oh, čujte, narodi svi, gledajte moju bol: djevice moje, moji mladići, svi odoše u izgnanstvo!

19 Pozvah sve ljubavnike svoje, ali me oni prevariše. Moji svećenici i starješine pogiboše u gradu tražeći hrane da bi ponovo živnuli.

20 Pogledaj, Jahve, u kakvoj sam tjeskobi, moja utroba strepi, srce mi se u grudima grči jer bijah opako prkosan! Vani mač pokosi moje sinove, a unutra - smrt.

21 Čuj kako stenjem: nema mi tješitelja! Svi neprijatelji čuju za moju nesreću i likuju što si to učinio! Daj da dođe dan što si ga objavio, da njima bude kao meni.

22 Neka se pokaže sva njina zloća pred licem tvojim, a onda postupaj s njima kao što si sa mnom postupio za sve grijehe moje! Jer samo uzdišem, a srce moje tuguje.

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Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 119


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 248, 680, 2362, 2606, 2851, 2930, 3081, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 213, 350, 543, 591, 612, 620, 652, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 100

The Lord 64

Istinska Kršćanska Religija 782


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 240, 270, 357, 484, 622, 724, 750, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 59, 78

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Apocalypse Revealed #350

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350. Of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed. (7:5) This symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord, and this in all those people who will be in the Lord's New Heaven and New Church.

In the highest sense Judah symbolizes the Lord in relation to celestial love; in the spiritual sense, the Lord's celestial kingdom and the Word; and in the natural sense, the doctrine of a celestial church drawn from the Word. Here, however, Judah symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord; and because it is named first in the series, it symbolizes that love in all those people who will be in the New Heaven and in the Lord's New Church. For the tribe named first is everything in the rest, being to them as though their head and serving as a universal property entering into all those that follow, tying them together, qualifying them and affecting them. This property is love toward the Lord.

To be shown that twelve thousand symbolizes all who possess that love, see no. 348 above.

(References: Matthew 12:39)


[2] People know that after the death of Solomon the twelve tribes of Israel were divided into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Judah and the kingdom of Israel. The kingdom of Judah represented the celestial kingdom or the Lord's priestly kingdom, while the kingdom of Israel represented the spiritual kingdom or the Lord's royal kingdom. But the latter was destroyed when the people had nothing spiritual left in them, whereas the kingdom of Judah was preserved, for the sake of the Word, and because the Lord would be born there. However, when the people adulterated the Word completely, and thus could not recognize the Lord, then their kingdom was destroyed.

It can be seen from this that the tribe of Judah symbolizes celestial love, which is love toward the Lord. But because the people were of the character they were with respect to the Word and with respect to the Lord, the tribe of Judah symbolizes also the opposite love, which is love of self - properly speaking, a love of dominating springing from a love of self - a love which we call diabolical love.

[3] The fact that Judah and his tribe symbolize the celestial kingdom and its love, which is love toward the Lord, follows from these passages:

Judah, your brothers shall praise you... The scepter shall not be taken from Judah... until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding his donkey's foal to the vine, his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he washes his garment in wine... His eyes are redder than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk. (Genesis 49:8-12)

...David shall be their prince forever, and I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them..., and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. (Ezekiel 37:25-26)

Exult and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! ...Jehovah will make Judah an inheritance for Himself, His portion on the holy land. (Zechariah 2:10-12)

O Judah, celebrate your feasts, perform your vows. For Belial 1 shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off. (Nahum 1:15)

The Lord... will suddenly come to His temple... Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be sweet to Jehovah as in the days of old... (Malachi 3:1, 4)

Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. (Joel 3:20)

Behold, the days are coming..., that I will raise to David a righteous Branch... In His days Judah will be saved... (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains, that My elect may possess it... (Isaiah 65:9)

Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion. (Psalms 114:2)

Behold, the days are coming..., when I will make a new covenant... with the house of Judah... ...this will be the covenant...: I will put My law within them, and write it on their heart... (Jeremiah 31:27, 31, 33-34)

In those days ten men... shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." (Zechariah 8:23)

...as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me..., so shall your offspring and your name remain.

Kings (of the nations) shall be your foster fathers, their princesses your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you, their faces to the ground, and lick the dust of your feet. (Isaiah 66:22; 49:23)

(References: Ezekiel 37:26-27; Isaiah 49:22-23; Jeremiah 31:33; Matthew 3:1-4; Zechariah 8:22-23)


[4] From these and many other passages, which we do not have the space to cite because of their number, it can be clearly seen that Judah means not Judah but the church. We are told, for example, that the Lord would make a new and eternal covenant with that nation, that He would make it His heir and His sanctuary forevermore, and that kings of the nations and their princesses would bow down to them, licking the dust of their feet, and so on.

[5] That the tribe of Judah, regarded in itself, means the diabolic kingdom, which is one of a love of dominating springing from a love of self, can be seen from the following passages:

I will hide My face from them, I will see what their posterity will be. ...they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith... ...they are a nation void of counsel... ...their vine is of the vine of Sodom and of the fields of Gomorrah; its grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter. Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. Is this not laid up in store with Me, sealed up in My treasuries? (Deuteronomy 32:20-34)

(Know that) it is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart... that Jehovah... is... giving you (the land of Canaan)..., for you are a stiff-necked people. (Deuteronomy 9:5-6)

...according to the number of your cities have been your gods, O Judah... ...according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars... to burn incense to Baal. (Jeremiah 2:28; 11:13)

You are of your father the devil, and you choose to do the desires of your father. (John 8:44)

Jews are said to be full of hypocrisy, iniquity, and uncleanness (Matthew 23:27-28.

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Footnotes:

1. In the Old Testament, the personification of wickedness and destruction, originally conceived perhaps as some sort of spirit demon.

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(References: Ezekiel 4, 5:5-17, 12:18-19, 15:6-8, 16, 16:46, 16:48, 23; Isaiah 3:9; Jeremiah 5:1, 6:6-7, 7:17-18, 8:6-8, 9:10-11, 9:11-12, 9:13, 9:14, 13:9-10, 13:14, 14:16, 23:14; Lamentations 1:8-9, 1:17; Mark 8:38; Matthew 12:39; Revelation 11:8; Zechariah 8:22-23)

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