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Hesekiel 27

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1 Und das Wort Jehovas geschah zu mir also:

2 Und du, Menschensohn, erhebe ein Klagelied über Tyrus und sprich zu Tyrus:

3 Die du wohnst an den Zugängen des Meeres und Handel treibst mit den Völkern nach vielen Inseln hin, so spricht der Herr, Jehova: Tyrus, du sprichst: Ich bin vollkommen an Schönheit!

4 Deine Grenzen sind im Herzen der Meere; deine Bauleute haben deine Schönheit vollkommen gemacht.

5 Aus Zypressen von Senir bauten sie dir alles Doppelplankenwerk; sie nahmen Zedern vom Libanon, um dir einen Mast zu machen;

6 aus Eichen von Basan machten sie deine Ruder; dein Verdeck machten sie aus Elfenbein, eingefaßt in Scherbinzeder von den Inseln der Kittäer.

7 Byssus in Buntwirkerei aus Ägypten war dein Segel, um dir als Flagge zu dienen; blauer und roter Purpur von den Inseln Elischas war dein Zeltdach.

8 Die Bewohner von Zidon und Arwad waren deine Ruderer; deine Weisen, die in dir waren, Tyrus, waren deine Steuermänner;

9 die Ältesten von Gebal und seine Weisen waren in dir als Ausbesserer deiner Lecke. Alle Schiffe des Meeres und ihre Seeleute waren in dir, um deine Waren einzutauschen.

10 Perser und Lud und Put waren in deinem Heere deine Kriegsleute; Schild und Helm hängten sie in dir auf, sie gaben dir Glanz.

11 Die Söhne Arwads und dein Heer waren auf deinen Mauern ringsum, und Tapfere waren auf deinen Türmen; ihre Schilde hängten sie ringsum an deinen Mauern auf; sie machten deine Schönheit vollkommen.

12 Tarsis trieb Handel mit dir wegen der Menge von allerlei Gütern; mit Silber, Eisen, Zinn und Blei bezahlten sie deinen Absatz.

13 Jawan, Tubal und Mesech waren deine Kaufleute: Mit Menschenseelen und ehernen Geräten trieben sie Tauschhandel mit dir.

14 Die vom Hause Togarma zahlten Rosse und Reitpferde und Maulesel für deinen Absatz.

15 Die Söhne Dedans waren deine Kaufleute. Viele Inseln standen in Handelsbeziehungen mit dir: Elefantenzähne und Ebenholz erstatteten sie dir als Zahlung.

16 Aram trieb Handel mit dir wegen der Menge deiner Erzeugnisse; mit Karfunkeln, rotem Purpur und Buntwirkerei und Byssus und Korallen und Rubinen bezahlten sie deinen Absatz.

17 Juda und das Land Israel waren deine Kaufleute; mit Weizen von Minnith und süßem Backwerk und Honig und Öl und Balsam trieben sie Tauschhandel mit dir.

18 Damaskus trieb Handel mit dir um die Menge deiner Erzeugnisse, wegen der Menge von allerlei Gütern, mit Wein von Chelbon und Wolle von Zachar.

19 Wedan und Jawan von Usal zahlten bearbeitetes Eisen für deinen Absatz; Kassia und Würzrohr waren für deinen Tauschhandel.

20 Dedan trieb Handel mit dir in Prachtdecken zum Reiten.

21 Arabien und alle Fürsten Kedars standen in Handelsbeziehungen mit dir; mit Fettschafen und Widdern und Böcken, damit trieben sie Handel mit dir.

22 Die Kaufleute von Scheba und Raghma waren deine Kaufleute; mit den vorzüglichsten Gewürzen und mit allerlei Edelsteinen und Gold bezahlten sie deinen Absatz.

23 Haran und Kanne und Eden, die Kaufleute von Scheba, Assur und Kilmad waren deine Kaufleute.

24 Sie handelten mit dir in Prachtgewändern, in Mänteln von blauem Purpur und Buntwirkerei, und in Schätzen von gezwirnten Garnen, in gewundenen und festen Schnüren, gegen deine Waren.

25 Die Tarsisschiffe waren deine Karawanen für deinen Tauschhandel. Und du wurdest angefüllt und sehr herrlich im Herzen der Meere.

26 Deine Ruderer führten dich auf großen Wassern; der Ostwind zerschellte dich im Herzen der Meere.

27 Deine Güter und dein Absatz, deine Tauschwaren, deine Seeleute und deine Steuermänner, die Ausbesserer deiner Lecke und die deine Waren eintauschten, und alle deine Kriegsleute, die in dir sind, samt deiner ganzen Schar, die in deiner Mitte ist, werden ins Herz der Meere fallen am Tage deines Sturzes.

28 Von dem Getöse des Geschreies deiner Steuermänner werden die Gefilde erbeben.

29 Und alle, die das Ruder führen, die Seeleute, alle Steuermänner des Meeres, werden aus ihren Schiffen steigen, werden ans Land treten;

30 und sie werden ihre Stimme über dich hören lassen und bitterlich schreien; und sie werden Staub auf ihre Häupter werfen und sich in der Asche wälzen.

31 Und sie werden sich deinethalben kahl scheren und sich Sacktuch umgürten und werden deinetwegen weinen mit Betrübnis der Seele in bitterer Klage.

32 Und in ihrem Jammern werden sie ein Klagelied über dich erheben und über dich klagen: Wer ist wie Tyrus, wie die Vernichtete inmitten des Meeres!

33 Als die Meere dir Absatz für deine Waren brachten, hast du viele Völker gesättigt; mit der Menge deiner Güter und deiner Waren hast du die Könige der Erde bereichert.

34 Jetzt, da du von den Meeren weg zerschellt bist in den Tiefen der Wasser, und deine Waren und deine ganze Schar in deiner Mitte gefallen sind,

35 entsetzen sich alle Bewohner der Inseln über dich, und ihre Könige schaudern, ihre Angesichter zittern;

36 die Händler unter den Völkern zischen über dich. Ein Schrecken bist du geworden, und bist dahin auf ewig!

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Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 4453, 10227

Apocalypse Explained 840

Apocalypse Revealed 606, 759

Himmel und Hölle 365

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 150


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 117, 425, 426, 1154, 1156, 1158, 1171, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 166, 406, 450, 492, 503, 538, 725, ...

Die Lehre vom Herrn 28


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 50, 70, 195, 242, 314, 355, 375, ...

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Word/Phrase Explanations

Wort
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

jehovas
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...

klagelied
The children of Israel represent 'lamentation' by various things which signified some evil of the church among them for which they were punished. When they...

tyrus
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.

inseln
Islands' signify the natural mind, or the natural human, regarding truths and falsities. People who are steeped in the internal sense of the Word, such...

Schönheit
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.

Grenzen
A border as in Isaiah 54:12 signifies the scientific and sensual principle. "And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand-breath round about."...

Herzen
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

Meere
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,...

libanon
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.

Elfenbein
'Ivory' signifies natural truth.

Ägypten
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

purpur
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...

steuermänner
'Pilots,' as in Ezekiel 27:28, signify people who are wise because of their knowledge from the Word.' Pilots,' as in Revelation 18, signify the supreme...

Waren
'Merchandise' signifies the knowledges of good.

Schiffe
Ships were used in the ancient world – as they generally are now – to carry freight from nation to nation for trade. The various...

lud
'Lud,' as in Genesis 10:22, signifies the knowledge of truth.

Schild
'A shield' signifies defense which is trusted against evils and falsities. In respect to the Lord, it signifies defense, and in respect to people, confidence...

Söhne
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

Heer
Forces denote the power of truth.

silber
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

Eisen
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...

Zinn
'Tin,' as in Ezekiel 22:18, has respect to the literal sense of the Word, or the goods and truths of the natural self.

Kaufleute
'Merchants' signify people who have knowledges of good and truth. Merchants,' as in Nahum 3:16, signify people who falsify the Word, and communicate, and sell.

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

viele
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...

Ebenholz
Ebony, as in 1 Kings 10:18, signifies divine truths in ultimates.

aram
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.

byssus
'Silk' signifies intermediate celestial good and truth. It means good because it is soft, and truth because it shines. 'Silk,' like 'fine linen,' denotes genuine...

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.

israel
'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...

Weizen
As the finest of the grains, wheat fittingly represents the finest of spiritual food, what Swedenborg calls "the good of love and charity" – which...

Honig
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...

Öl
Balm signifies the truth of exterior natural good, and its pleasantness.

Damaskus
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.

wein
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

dedan
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...

Kedars
'Kedar' or 'Arabia' signifies spiritual good. Kedar' denotes people of the Gentiles who are in simple truth. 'Arabia' signifies the same thing.

Gold
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...

haran
'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 11:28, signifies inward idolatrous worship. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 12:5, signifies an obscure state. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis...

Mitte
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

tage
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

stimme
'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,...

hören
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...

Staub
Dust, in Ezekiel 26:12, signifies the lowest things which are of the sensual principle of man. In Isaiah 40:12, the dust signifies exterior or natural...

Asche
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...

kahl
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.

sacktuch
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.

Seele
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

inmitten
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...

Könige
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

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

wasser
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

gefallen
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...

ewig
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

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Apocalypse Explained #514

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514. And the third part of the ships perished.- That this signifies also all cognitions from the Word, and from doctrines thence, is evident from the signification of the third part, as denoting everything (omne), in this case all (omnes), because it is said of the cognitions of truth and good; and from the signification of ships, as denoting the cognitions of truth and good, also doctrinals. Ships have this signification, because they carry wealth over the sea for merchandize; and wealth, in the Word, signifies the cognitions of truth and good, which are also doctrinals. Ships in a strict sense, in which a containant is meant, signify the Word, and doctrine from the Word, because the Word and thence doctrine contain the cognitions of truth and good, as ships contain wealth. And to trade, which is chiefly done by means of ships, signifies to procure for oneself cognitions, and to communicate them to others; but when the things contained are understood instead of the thing which contains, then ships signify cognitions from the Word, and from doctrine from the Word. That ships signify such things is evident from the passages where they are mentioned in the Word.

(References: Revelation 8:9)


[2] Thus in Ezekiel:

O Tyre "thy borders are in the heart of the sea, thy builders have perfected thy beauty. They have made all thy planks of fir trees of Senir; they have taken the cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for thee. Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; they have made thy planks of ivory, a daughter of steps from the isles of Chittim. The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy rowers; thy wise men, O Tyre, were in thee, they were thy pilots. The elders of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee stopping thy fissure; all the ships of the sea and their mariners were in thee to trade thy trading. The ships of Tarshish, thy troops in thy market; whence thou wast replenished, and greatly honoured in the heart of the seas" (xxvii. 4-6, 8, 9, 25).

The subject treated of in this chapter is Tyre. And because Tyre signifies the cognitions of truth and good, therefore also her trading is treated of, and the different kinds of wares by which she was enriched; for her trading with different kinds of wares with which she was enriched signify the acquisition of those cognitions, and thence spiritual wealth. Here therefore a ship is described with all its equipment, planks, oars, mast, pilots, rowers, and sailors, and in the preceding and following verses, the wares. But the signification of every detail in the spiritual sense it would be tedious here to describe; it will be sufficient to observe, that it is evident that a ship signifies doctrine from the Word, and that its planks, oars, and mast, signify the various things from which doctrine is; and, that those who teach, lead, and rule, are meant by the pilot, the shipmasters, the rowers, and sailors, and the doctrinals themselves by its wares, the acquisition of wealth and spiritual riches, which are the cognitions of truth and good; and the means by which wisdom is obtained, are meant by trading; it is therefore said,

"Thy wise men, O Tyre, were in thee, they were thy pilots."

(References: Ezekiel 27:4-6, 27:8-9, 27:25)


[3] And in the following chapter, where also Tyre is treated of:

"Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they have hidden from thee; in thy wisdom and in thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasuries; by the multitude of thy wisdom in thy trading hast thou increased thy riches" (Ezek. xxviii. 3-5).

It is evident from these words, that Tyre and her tradings mean the cognitions of truth and good by which wisdom is procured. What purpose would it serve to say so much about her wares and her merchandize, if spiritual things were not meant? That Tyre means the church as to the cognitions of truth and good, consequently the cognitions of truth and good pertaining to the church, may be seen in the Arcana Coelestia (n. 1201).

(References: Arcana Coelestia 1201; Ezekiel 28:3-5)


[4] The vastation of the Church, as to the cognitions of good and truth, is afterwards treated of in the same chapter, and is described in these words:

"The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots; and all that handle the oar, all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall cry bitterly over thee" (xxvii. [28], 29, 30).

Pilots signify those who are wise by means of cognitions from the Word; by them that handle the oar, are signified the intelligent; the vastation of wisdom and intelligence is signified by the sound of the cry of the pilots, and by those who handle the oar descending from the ships.

(References: Ezekiel 27:28-30)


[5] That in the Word the cognitions of truth and good and also doctrinals from the Word are meant by ships, when they signify wealth, that is when the contents are put for that which contains, is still further evident from the following places.

In Isaiah:

"Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for Tyre is laid waste. The inhabitants of the island are silent, the merchant of Zidon who passes over the sea, has replenished thee. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for your stronghold is laid waste" (xxiii. 1, 2, 14).

The ships of Tarshish mean doctrinals from the Word; for those ships carried gold and silver, by which are signified goods and truths, and the cognitions of them, from the Word; and because Tyre signifies the church as to the cognitions of truth and good, in the present case, that church vastated, hence it is said, "Howl, ye ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste." The inhabitants of the isle mean those who are in goods of life according to their doctrinals; the merchants of Zidon signify those who are in truths from the Word, of whom it is said, "They have replenished thee." Your stronghold signifies doctrine from the Word defending, and its being laid waste signifies that there is no perception of it, and thence that it is not true; for similar doctrinals from the Word, apart from spiritual perception, are not true, because falsified by incorrect ideas concerning them.

(References: Isaiah 23:1-2, 23:14)


[6] In the same prophet:

"The isles shall trust to me, and the ships of Tarshish in the beginning, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them" (lx. 9).

By the ships of Tarshish, in the beginning, are meant the cognitions of truth and good, such as those who are reformed first possess, as may be seen above (n. 406:11), where those things have been explained. For the ships of Tarshish, in the beginning, brought gold and silver in great abundance, which signify the goods of life and truths of doctrine.

(References: Isaiah 60:9; The Apocalypse Explained 406)


[7] Concerning the ships of Tarshish it is written in the first Book of Kings:

"Solomon made a ship in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Sea Suph (Red Sea), in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon; they came to Ophir, and fetched gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon" (ix. 26-28).

And again:

"For the king had at sea ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once in three years came the ships of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks" (x. 22).

And again, in the same book, king "Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber" (xxii. 48).

Although these things are matters of history, they nevertheless contain a spiritual sense, equally as the prophetical parts. That ships were made in Ezion-geber, at the shore of the Sea Suph (Red Sea), in the land of Edom, signified the knowledges (scientiae) of the natural man, for these contain in themselves, and as it were carry spiritual wealth, just as ships carry worldly wealth. For the Sea Suph (Red Sea) and the land of Edom, where Ezion-geber was, formed the farthest boundary of the land of Canaan, and the farthest boundaries of the land of Canaan signify the ultimates of the church which are the knowledges that embrace the cognitions of truth and good. Gold and silver signify the goods and truths of the internal church; ivory, apes, and peacocks signify the truths and goods of the external church. Knowledges (scientiae) here mean such knowledges as the ancients possessed, namely, the knowledges (scientiae) of correspondences, of representations, and influxes, and concerning heaven and hell; these especially embraced the cognitions of the truth and good of the church, and were serviceable to them. By Hiram are signified the nations who are outside the church, with whom also there are cognitions of good and truth; and the ships under king Jehoshaphat being broken, signify the devastation of the church as to its truths and goods.

(References: 1 Kings 9:26-28, 10:22-23, 1 Kings 10:22, 22:48)


[8] What is specifically signified by the ships of Tarshish, in the passages already cited, is evident from the above considerations; and also in David:

"Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with the east wind" (Psalm xlviii. 7).

The east wind signifies devastation and desolation; for the wind which comes from the east in the spiritual world, overturns the abodes of the evil from their foundations, and they themselves, with the treasures on which they had fixed their hearts, are cast out into the hells; concerning this wind see the Last Judgment (n. 61). The ships of Tarshish here signify false doctrinals.

(References: Psalms 48:7; The Last Judgment 61)


[9] And in Isaiah:

"The day of Jehovah Zebaoth upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, and upon every lofty tower, and upon every fenced wall, and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the images of desire, in order that the pride of man (homo) may be destroyed, and the haughtiness of men (vir) may be humbled; and that Jehovah alone may be exalted in that day" (ii. 12-17).

The day of Jehovah means the coming of the Lord, when a last judgment was accomplished by Him. That this was accomplished by the Lord, when He was in the world, may be seen in the Last Judgment (n. 46). In this passage, those within the church upon whom judgment was executed, are referred to. The cedars of Lebanon, high and lifted up, signify those who are proud of [their] own intelligence; and the oaks of Bashan, those [who are proud] of their knowledge (scientia); for cedars in the Word refer to the rational man, and oaks to the natural man; and intelligence belongs to the rational man and knowledge (scientia) to the natural man. The high mountains and the hills that are lifted up, signify those who are in the love of self and in the love of the world, as may be seen above (n. 405:35). The lofty tower and the fenced wall, signify confirmed principles of falsity, consequently all those who are in them. By the ships of Tarshish, and by the images of desire, are signified false doctrinals favouring the delights of earthly loves; the destruction of pride, from [man's] own intelligence, and knowledge (scientia), is meant by the words "that the pride of man (homo) may be destroyed, and the haughtiness of men (vir) [be humbled]." That all intelligence and knowledge (scientia) are from the Lord, is signified by "that Jehovah alone may be exalted in that day." It is supposed that knowledge (scientia) is from man; but knowledge so far as it is serviceable for intelligence, wherein is the perception of truth, is from the Lord alone.

(References: Isaiah 2:12-17; The Apocalypse Explained 405; The Last Judgment 46)


[10] In Isaiah:

In Zion and in Jerusalem, "Jehovah magnificent unto us, a place of rivers, of a stream, of breadth of spaces; a ship of oar shall not go therein, nor magnificent ship pass through it" (xxxiii. 21).

Zion and Jerusalem mean the church of the Lord; Zion, the church where the good of love rules; and Jerusalem, where the truth of doctrine [rules]. Jehovah is there called magnificent when the men of the church are of such a quality that they become recipients of Divine Good and Truth from the Lord. Zion and Jerusalem are called a place of rivers, of a stream, and of breadth of spaces, when all their intelligence and wisdom, and their good and truth, are from the Lord; rivers denoting wisdom; stream, intelligence; and the breadth of spaces, truths from good in multitude and extension. A ship of oar shall not go therein, nor magnificent ship pass through, signifies that in the church there shall be no intelligence and wisdom from the proprium. A ship of oar signifies intelligence from the proprium, because it is moved by men by means of oars; and a magnificent ship signifies wisdom from the proprium, because man, from that, is arrogant, and proud; for a ship when it is passing along, and going through the sea, being then in its course and carrying its wealth, signifies intelligence and wisdom. That a ship is not here meant is evident, for this is spoken of Zion and Jerusalem.

(References: Isaiah 33:21)


[11] In David:

"O Jehovah, how manifold are thy works! This sea great and wide in spaces, wherein are things creeping innumerable, animals both small and great; there go the ships; there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein; all things wait for thee, that thou mayest give them their food in its season" (Psalm civ. 24-27).

Here the sea, creeping things, animals, the leviathan or sea monster, and ships are not meant, but such things as are with the men of the church, for these wait upon Jehovah. The sea great and wide signifies the external or natural man, which receives goods and truths scientifically; great is said of the good therein, and broad, of the truth. By creeping things are signified living scientifics; by animals great and small, the cognitions higher and lower, of good and truth of every kind, also in general and in particular, as shown in the preceding article (n. 513). Ships mean doctrinals. The leviathan or sea monster means all things of the natural man in the aggregate, who is said to sport in the sea, from the delight of knowing and thence of becoming wise. Because man is moved by these things with the desire to know and understand, it is therefore said, "All things wait for thee, that thou mayest give them their meat in its season." To wait for signifies to desire, and food signifies knowledge (scientia) and intelligence; for man from himself does not desire these, but from those which he has from the Lord; these things therefore [are the source of desire] in man, although it appears as though man [desires] from himself.

(References: Psalms 104:24-27; The Apocalypse Explained 513)


[12] So again:

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in many waters; these have seen the works of Jehovah, and his wonders in the deep" (Psalm cvii. 23, 24).

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in many waters, signify those who attentively study the doctrine of truth from the Word. These have seen the works of Jehovah, and His wonders in the deep, signifies that they understand the truths and goods of heaven and the church, and the hidden things thereof; the works of Jehovah denote all things of the Word which perfect man, all of which have reference to good and truth; and the wonders in the deep denote the hidden things of intelligence and wisdom.

(References: Psalms 107:23-24)


[13] In Isaiah:

"Thus saith Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sakes I have sent to Babel, and I will cast down all the bars, and the Chaldeans, in whose ships there is a cry" (xliii. 14).

The subject here is the liberation of the faithful from the oppression of those who vastate the church; those who vastate it are meant by Babel, and they vastate by withholding everyone from the cognitions of truth and good, declaring that they alone possess knowledge, and are to be believed, when yet they know nothing of truth; and so they keep both themselves and others in dense ignorance and turn them away from the worship of the Lord, in order that they themselves may be worshipped. To cast down their bars signifies to destroy their principles of falsity and the falsities which devastate truths, bars signifying principles of falsity. By the Chaldeans are meant those who devastate by means of falsities; for by Babel, in the Word, are signified those who by evils destroy goods, and by the Chaldeans, those who by means of falsities destroy truths. In whose ships there is a cry, denotes the destruction of their doctrinals.

(References: Isaiah 43:14)


[14] This destruction is thus described in the Apocalypse by ships:

"In one hour so great riches is made desolate. And every pilot, and every one engaged in ships, and sailors, and all who trade by sea, stood afar off. And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city," Babylon "wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of their costliness, for in one hour is she made desolate" (xviii. 17-19).

But this passage may be seen further explained in the following pages.

In Daniel:

"At length at the time of the end shall the king of the south struggle with him; therefore the king of the north shall rush against him like a whirlwind, with chariot and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall come upon the land, and shall overflow and penetrate" (xi. 40).

The time of the end signifies the last time of the church, when there is no truth, because there is no good. By the king of the south is meant truth in the light, which is truth from good. The king of the north means that there is no truth because no good, and therefore falsity; for where there is no truth there is falsity, for then man turns himself from heaven to the world, and from the Lord to self; and when there is nothing, out of heaven from the Lord, then only falsity from evil flows in from self and the world. The combats between good from truth and between falsity from evil, in the last times of the church, are described in that chapter by the combats between the king of the south and the king of the north. That falsities will then rush in, and destroy truths, is meant by the king of the north rushing against the king of the south, with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships. Chariots denote the doctrine of falsity, horsemen, reasonings therefrom, and ships, falsities of every kind and falsifications of truth. His coming upon the land, and overflowing and penetrating, signifies that falsities would destroy all things of the church, both exterior and interior.

(References: Daniel 11:40; Revelation 18:17, 18:19)


[15] In Moses:

"Jehovah shall bring thee again into Egypt in ships by the way whereof I spake unto thee; thou shalt see it no more again; where ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondsmen and bondswomen, nor yet a buyer" (Deut. xxviii. 68).

Here the subject is the desolation of the church as to truth, if they do not live according to the precepts of the Lord in the Word. The sons of Israel, to whom these things were said, represented, and thence signified the church in which are the Word, and thence the truths of doctrine, thus spiritual men; but the Egyptians merely natural men. Jehovah shall bring them again into Egypt in ships, signifies that they would become merely natural by doctrinals of falsity, ships denoting doctrinals of falsity. By the way whereof I spake unto thee; thou shalt see it no more again, signifies from the spiritual into the merely natural man; for the man of the church, from natural, becomes spiritual, but when he does not live according to the precepts of the Word, he, from a spiritual, becomes a merely natural man. Where ye shall be sold to your enemies for bondsmen and bondswomen, signifies that falsities and evils shall rule; nor yet a buyer, signifies altogether vile.

(References: Deuteronomy 28:68)


[16] In Job:

"My days were swifter than a runner; they fled away, they did not see good. They are passed away with the ships of desire; as the eagle that swoopeth on the prey" (ix. 25, 26).

The ships of desire with which the days fled away signify natural affections and delights of every kind, which are only of the body and the world; and because these are eagerly desired and imbibed in preference to things spiritual, it is said, "as the eagle that swoopeth on the prey."

(References: Acts of the Apostles 9:25-26; Job 9:25-26)


[17] In Moses:

"Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the seas; and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon" (Gen. xlix. 13).

Zebulun signifies the conjunction of good and truth; he shall dwell at the haven of the seas, signifies the life of truth; and he shall be for a haven of ships, signifies according to doctrinals from the Word; and his border shall be unto Zidon, signifies extension on one part to the cognitions of good. These things may be seen explained in the Arcana Coelestia (n. 6382-6386).

(References: Arcana Coelestia 6382, Genesis 49:13)


[18] So again: "Then there shall be ships from the coasts of Chittim, and shall afflict Ashur, and shall afflict Eber; but he also shall come to destruction" (Num. xxiv. 24).

This is in the prophecy of Balaam. Ships from the coasts of Chittim signify the cognitions of truth and good, which they possessed who were of the Ancient Church; Ashur, whom they shall afflict, signifies reasonings from falsities; and Eber, whom they shall also afflict, signifies the externals of worship, such as they were with the sons of Jacob; their vastation as to truth and good is signified by "he also shall come to destruction."

(References: Numbers 24:24)


[19] In the book of Judges:

"Gilead, why dwellest thou in the passing of Jordan; and why shall Dan fear ships?" (v. 17).

Gilead means the same as Manasseh, and Manasseh signifies the good of the natural man; and because the tribe of Manasseh did not fight with Deborah and Barak against the enemy, it is said, "Gilead, why dwellest thou in the passing of Jordan?" which signifies why livest thou only in externals, which are of the natural man? The external of the church was signified by the regions beyond Jordan, and its internal by the regions within Jordan. The external of the church is with those who are more natural than spiritual. And because the tribe of Dan was not present with Deborah and Barak in the battle with the enemy, it is said of Dan, "why shall Dan fear ships?" This signifies, why did he not repel falsities and doctrinals of falsity?

(References: Judges 5:17)


[20] As all things in the Old Testament contain in themselves a spiritual sense, so also do all those things in the New Testament, which are contained in the Evangelists, and in the Apocalypse. Also all the words of the Lord, also His deeds and miracles, signify celestial Divine things, because the Lord spake from the Divine, and performed His works and miracles from the Divine, thus from primaries by means of ultimates, and so in fulness. It is therefore evident that the Lord teaching from ships was significative, and also His calling certain disciples from their ships while they were fishing, as well as His walking on the sea to the ship in which His disciples were, and thence His calming the wind.

Concerning the Lord teaching from a ship it is said in the Evangelists,

"Jesus sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables" (Matt. xiii. 1, 2 and following verses; Mark iv. 1, 2 and following verses).

And again:

"[It came to pass that] Jesus stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake, then he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship" (Luke v. 1-3).

Here in every detail there is a spiritual sense, both in His sitting by the sea, and [standing] by the lake of Gennesaret, and also in entering into Simon's ship, and teaching many things therefrom. This was done, because the sea, and the lake of Gennesaret, when the Lord is [treated of], signify the knowledges of good and truth in their whole compass, while the ship of Simon signifies the doctrinals of faith; therefore teaching from a ship signified to teach from doctrine.

(References: Luke 5:1-9, 5:1-3; Mark 4:1-2; Matthew 13:1-2)


[21] Concerning the fact of the Lord walking on the sea to the ship in which the disciples were, it is thus written in the Evangelists:

"The ship" (in which the Lord's disciples were), "was in the midst of the sea driven by the wind; in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And Peter said, Bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship he walked on the waters to go to Jesus. But beginning to sink, he was afraid. Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou, of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God" (Matt. xiv. 24-33; Mark vi. 48-52).

And again:

"When even was come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. When they had rowed about five-and-twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship; and therefore they were afraid. But he saith, It is I; be not afraid. Then they were willing to receive" Jesus "into the ship; but immediately the ship was at the land whither they were going" (John vi. 16-21 and following verses).

All the details here also signify Divine spiritual things, which nevertheless, do not appear in the letter; as the sea, the Lord walking upon it, the fourth watch in which He came to the disciples, the ship, Jesus entering into it, and thence rebuking the wind and the waves of the sea, with other particulars. But it is not necessary to explain what the spiritual things here separately signify, except to state that the sea signifies the ultimate of heaven and of the church, because in the ultimate borders of the heavens there are seas. The walking of the Lord upon the sea, signified the presence and influx of the Lord into them also, and thence life from the Divine with those who are in the ultimates of heaven; the life of these from the Divine was represented by the Lord walking upon the sea. Their obscure and wavering faith was represented by Peter walking upon the sea, and beginning to sink, but being caught by the Lord he was saved. To walk, also, in the Word, signifies to live. This taking place in the fourth watch, signified the first state of the church, when it is daybreak and the morning is at hand, for then good begins to act by means of truth, and then the coming of the Lord takes place; the sea being in the meantime in commotion from the wind, and the Lord calming it, signifies the preceding natural state of the life, which state is turbulent, and, as it were, tempestuous; but when the state is next to the morning, which is the first state of the church with man, there is tranquillity of mind because the Lord is then present in the good of love.

(References: John 6:16-21; Mark 6:48-52; Matthew 14:24-33)


[22] The signification of the Lord's calming the wind and the waves of the sea, as also recorded in the Evangelists, is similar.

"Jesus having entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. But, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the sea; and there was a great calm" (Matt. viii. 23-26; Mark iv. 36-40; Luke viii. 23, 24).

This represented the state of the men of the church, when in a natural, and not yet in a spiritual [state], in which state the natural affections, which are various desires, that spring from the loves of self and of the world, rise up, and cause various disturbances of the mind. In this state the Lord appears to be absent, and this apparent absence is signified by the Lord being asleep; but when they come out of a natural into a spiritual state, then those disturbances cease, and tranquillity of mind succeeds. For the tempestuous passions of the natural man are calmed by the Lord, when the spiritual mind is opened, and the Lord flows through that into the natural.

Since the affections which are of the love of self and of the world and thence the thoughts and reasonings, are from hell, for they are lusts (concupiscentiae) of every kind which thence rise up into the natural man, therefore these also are signified by the wind and the waves of the sea; and hell itself is signified in the spiritual sense by the sea.

(References: Luke 8:23-24; Mark 4:36-40, 4:36-39; Matthew 8:23-26)


[23] This also is evident from its being said that "the Lord rebuked the wind." And in Mark, "Jesus arose (expergefactus) and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm" (iv.39). This would not have been said to the wind and to the sea, unless hell were meant by those things, whence arise tempestuous disturbances of the mind from various desires. That the hells are also signified by seas, may be seen above (n. 342:10).

(References: 1 Kings 10:22-23; Luke 5:1-3; Mark 4:39; Revelation 8:9; The Apocalypse Explained 342)

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