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Exodus 23:17

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17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 9285, 9297, 9349


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 2788


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 725

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Commentary

 

House      

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White House at Night by Vincent van Gogh

A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests (think of the term "houses of worship.") In the Bible, a "house" is also a container, but for spiritual things rather than natural things. In various uses a "house" can represent part of the mind, the whole mind, a whole person or even a church, in each case a collective being containing many ideas.

The other nuance to the word "house" is that it is generally used in regards to our affections and desires rather than our thoughts and principles. This makes sense; we tend to engage our toughts and rationality when we are out in the world doing our work, but when we are inside our houses we are driven most by love for our families and the desire to be good to those we love. So "house" tends to represent the things we want, the things we care about - which are ultimately the things that define us anyway.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 710, 1488, 2048, 3128, 3142, 3720, 4982, 5023, 5311, 5353, 6690, 7353, 7448, 7929, 9150, 9154)


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