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Lamentaciones 4

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1 Alef : ¡Cómo se ha oscurecido el oro! ¡Cómo el buen oro se ha demudado! Las piedras del Santuario están esparcidas por las encrucijadas de todas las calles.

2 Bet : Los hijos de Sion, preciados y estimados más que el oro puro. ¡Cómo son tenidos por vasos de barro, obra de manos de alfarero!

3 Guímel : Aun los dragones sacan la mama, dan de mamar a sus chiquitos. La hija de mi pueblo es cruel, como los avestruces en el desierto.

4 Dálet : La lengua del niño de pecho, de sed se pegó a su paladar; los chiquitos pidieron pan, y no hubo quien se lo partiese.

5 He : Los que comían delicadamente, asolados fueron en las calles. Los que se criaron en carmesí, abrazaron los estiércoles.

6 Vau : Y se aumentó la iniquidad de la hija de mi pueblo más que el pecado de Sodoma, que fue trastornada en un momento, y no asentaron sobre ella compañías.

7 Zain : Sus Nazareos fueron blancos más que la nieve, más resplandecientes que la leche; su compostura más encendida que las piedras preciosas cortadas del zafiro;

8 Chet : Oscura más que la negrura es la forma de ellos; no los conocen por las calles. Su piel está pegada a sus huesos, seco como un palo.

9 Tet : Más dichosos fueron los muertos a cuchillo que los muertos del hambre. Porque éstos murieron poco a poco por falta de los frutos de la tierra.

10 Yod : Las manos de las mujeres piadosas cocieron a sus hijos; les fueron comida en el quebrantamiento de la hija de mi pueblo.

11 Caf : Cumplió el SEÑOR su enojo, derramó el ardor de su ira; y encendió fuego en Sion, que consumió sus fundamentos.

12 Lámed : Nunca los reyes de la tierra, ni todos los que habitan en el mundo, creyeron que el enemigo y el adversario entrara por las puertas de Jerusalén.

13 Mem : Por los pecados de sus profetas, por las maldades de sus sacerdotes, que derramaron en medio de ella la sangre de los justos.

14 Nun : Titubearon ciegos en las calles, fueron contaminados en sangre, que no pudiesen tocar a sus vestiduras.

15 Sámec : Les daban voces: Apartaos ¡Inmundicia!, Apartaos, apartaos, no toquéis: porque eran contaminados; y cuando fueron traspasados, dijeron entre los gentiles: Nunca más morarán aquí .

16 Pe : La ira del SEÑOR los apartó, nunca más los mirará. No respetaron la faz de los sacerdotes, ni tuvieron compasión de los ancianos.

17 Ayin : Aun nos han desfallecido nuestros ojos tras nuestro vano socorro. En nuestra esperanza aguardamos gente que no puede salvar.

18 Tsade : Cazaron nuestros pasos, que no anduviésemos por nuestras calles. Se acercó nuestro fin, se cumplieron nuestros días; porque nuestro fin vino.

19 Cof : Ligeros fueron nuestros perseguidores más que las águilas del cielo; sobre los montes nos persiguieron, en el desierto nos pusieron emboscada.

20 Res : El resuello de nuestras narices, el ungido del SEÑOR, fue preso en sus hoyos, de quien habíamos dicho. A su sombra tendremos vida entre los gentiles.

21 Sin : Gózate y alégrate, hija de Edom, la que habitas en tierra de Uz, aun hasta ti pasará el cáliz; te embriagarás, y vomitarás.

22 Tau : Cumplido es tu castigo, oh hija de Sion: nunca más te hará transportar. Visitará tu iniquidad, oh hija de Edom; descubrirá tus pecados.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 122


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 96, 374, 382, 1073, 1234, 1460, 2336, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 47, 305, 312, 343, 379, 501, 502, ...

Sacred Scripture 87

La Verdadera Religión Cristiana 252


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 79, 175, 183, 195, 196, 239, 240, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 59

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Word/Phrase Explanations

oro
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...

piedras
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...

santuario
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.

calles
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...

hijos
'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...

manos
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

Alfarero
A potter,' as in Zechariah 11:12, 13, signifies reformation and regeneration.

hija
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

Desierto
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...

lengua
'The tongue,' as an organ, signifies doctrine, but as speech, or language, it signifies religion. 'Tongue' signifies perception of truth with respect to speech, and...

pan
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...

iniquidad
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

pecado
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

Sodoma
"Sodom" in the Bible represents the love of self and the love of ruling or dominating others springing from the love of self. This is...

Nazareos
'Nazarites' represent the Lord regarding His divine human, especially His divine natural. 'Nazarites,' in the Israelitish churches, represent the Lord regarding the Word, in its...

nieve
'Snow' signifies truth in extremes, because it is water, which signifies the truths of faith. It also relates to truth because it is white. 'Snow,'...

Leche
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...

piel
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...

huesos
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...

seco
'Withering and drying up,' as in Ezekiel 17:10, referring to the east wind, signifies when there is no good or truth.

cuchillo
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

mujeres
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

señor
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...

ira
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.

fuego
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

reyes
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...

la tierra
"Tierra" en la Biblia puede significar una persona o un grupo de personas con ideas afines como en una iglesia. Pero se refiere específicamente a...

Tierra
"Tierra" en la Biblia puede significar una persona o un grupo de personas con ideas afines como en una iglesia. Pero se refiere específicamente a...

mundo
The term "world" has both general and more specific meanings in the Bible, including the relatively literal sense of the natural, physical world. In more...

enemigo
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...

puertas
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...

jerusalén
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

pecados
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

profetas
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

Sacerdotes
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

sangre
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

justos
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...

gentiles
'The time of the heathen,' as mentioned in Ezekiel 30:3, signifies the heathen, or wickedness.

del señor
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...

ancianos
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.

ojos
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

salvar
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...

vino
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

águilas
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.

del cielo
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

cielo
Los cielos son cosas celestiales y espirituales. Por consiguiente, son cosas íntimas, tanto del reino del Señor en el cielo como en la tierra. Esto...

montes
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

sombra
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.

edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

Castigo
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...

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Trabajo 30:30

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30 Mi piel está denegrida sobre mí, y mis huesos se secaron con ardentía.

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'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...

huesos
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...

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Mateo 10:15

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15 De cierto os digo, que el castigo será más tolerable a la tierra de los de Sodoma y de los de Gomorra en el día del juicio, que a aquella ciudad.

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Explanation of Matthew 10      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Verse 1. That all the goods and truths of the church have power from the Lord's Divine Humanity, over all opposing evils and falsities from hell.

Verses 2, 3, 4. The distinct qualities of those goods and truths in general are enumerated.

Verses 5, 6. That they cannot be received by those who are in evils, nor by those who are in falsities, but only by those who are in the good of charity, and thence in faith.

Verses 7, 8. That with whomsoever they are received, they effect conjunction with heaven, communicate spiritual power over the hells, deliver from the profanation of truth, infuse spiritual love into natural, reject the falsities of evil, and all out of pure mercy, without any idea of merit.

Verses 9, 10. And confess all to be from the Lord alone, and nothing from themselves.

Verse 11. And into whatever understanding they flow in, they scrutinize attentively whether they shall be received, and abide there or separate themselves accordingly.

Verses 12, 13. And into whatever will they flow in, they make the same scrutiny, and communicate heavenly joys and eternal life, if they be received, but if they be not received there the loss of those joys and of that life is the certain consequence.

Verse 14. That the evils, which reject goods and truths, adhere to those who are in evil, but not to those who are in goods and truths.

Verse 15. That they who are in evil of life, and at the same time in ignorance of truth, are more excusable than those who know the truth, and yet cherish evil.

Verse 16. That they who are in goods and truths ought to join prudence and circumspection with innocence, as a security against evils and falsities.

Verse 17. And to be especially on their guard against those in the church who pervert the truth, because truth and its doctrine perverted are in the greatest contrariety to good and truth.

Verse 18.That nevertheless it is necessary that they should testify concerning the Lord's Divine Humanity, notwithstanding all opposition of evils and falsities.

Verses 19, 20. In which testimony they will be instructed and confirmed by Divine Truth, derived from Divine Good.

Verses 21, 22. And although brought into combat against opposing evils and falsities, yet through patient continuance to the full conjunction of good and truth, and the entire separation thereby of evils and falsities, they would be preserved.

Verse 23. And would thus, by repeated combats and deliverances, purge the doctrines of the church from all falsities, through the influx of the truth of faith.

Verses 24, 25. Therefore they who are in good ought to submit themselves to the guidance of Truth Divine, and they who are in truth ought to have respect to Good Divine, because nothing else is required than to be thus subject to the Lord, content to bear reproach, because He was reproached.

Verse 26. Which reproach ought not to be regarded, because all evils and falsities must sooner or later be manifested to those who are in them, and likewise all goods and truths to those who are in them.

Verse 27. In which ease the truth which was in obscurity, will be perceived in brightness, and the good, which was received in obedience, will be made sensible in the will's love.

Verse 28. That therefore they, who are in the good and truth of the church, ought not to cherish natural fear, which is dread and consternation on account of spiritual death, but that they ought to cherish spiritual fear, lest by evils of life and by falsities of doctrine they should avert the Divine Love in themselves and thereby hurt it.

Verses 29, 30. For that all and singular things belonging to man's intellectual principle, both internal and external, are under the view and protection of the Lord's Divine Providence.

Verse 31. How much more so the things of charity and faith! therefore natural fear ought not to be cherished.

Verse 32. For whoever has communication and conjunction by faith and love, with the Lord's Divine Humanity, has communication and conjunction at the same time with the essential Divine.

Verse 33. But whoever has not conjunction by faith and love with the Lord's Divine Humanity, cannot have any conjunction with the essential Divine.

Verses 34, 35. That truth Divine from the Lord's Divine Humanity, combating against evils and falsities, is intended to make manifest the disagreement between the internal and external man, and that therefore man must undergo the combats of temptations, before the disagreement can be removed, and internal peace restored.

Verse 36. That the things proper to man as his own, are mere evils and falsities, and that these are the only destroyers of his peace, because they oppose in him goods and truths from the Lord.

Verse 37. That therefore man can never be regenerated, and thereby conjoined to the Lord, only so far as he shuns both the hereditary and actual evils of his own proprium, that so he may come into a total submission.

Verse 38. That for this purpose he must undergo spiritual temptations, by fighting against cravings, through faith in the Lord's Divine Humanity.

Verse 39. Otherwise he will remain in unbelief, and will never attain the life of faith, whereas if he fights against cravings through faith in the Lord's Divine Humanity, the life of faith will then be given to him.

Verse 40. That for this purpose he ought first to admit the goods, and truths of the Word into his will and understanding, because in so doing he admits at the same time the Lord's Divine Human, and whosoever admits the Lord's Divine Human, admits also the essential Divine.

Verse 41. And they who love truth for the sake of truth, and who love to do the truth for the sake of doing the truth, love the Lord, and receive heaven in themselves, which is the affection of truth and good for the sake of truth and good.

Verse 42. And that this is the case also with those who do good and teach truth from a principle of obedience.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 2220, 7418

Apocalypse Revealed 12, 502

Conjugial Love 394


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 653

Other New Christian Commentary

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cierto
Amen signifies divine confirmation from truth, consequently from the Lord himself.Amen signifies truth, because the Lord was truth itself, therefore he so often said Amen...

ciudad
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

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