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Arcana Coelestia #2190

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2190. 'And he said, Behold, in the tent' means that it existed within holiness. This is clear from the meaning of 'a tent' as holiness, dealt with in 414, 1102, 1566, 2145. Rational truth is said to have existed within holiness because it existed within good. All good is called holy because it is an attribute of love and charity, which are derived wholly from the Lord. But as are forms of good, so are forms of holiness. Goods are formed, that is, they are born and develop, through the truths of faith. The nature of them therefore depends on the nature and the amount of the truth of faith that has been implanted in charity, as stated immediately above in 2189. From this it becomes clear that forms of good or holiness differ with each individual. Although they seem to be alike in the outward form they take they are not alike in their inward forms. And this applies both to people who are outside the Church and to those inside it. Within the good of charity residing with a person more is present than man can possibly believe. Present within it are all things that constitute his faith, and consequently they are present in the holiness of his worship. The nature of the holiness of his worship is visible to the angels as if seen in broad daylight, even though that person knows nothing further than that some degree of holiness exists with him. Myriads upon myriads of his thoughts concerning the goods and truths of faith and of the affections deriving from these are present within the holiness existing within him. But the general character of the holiness of worship will in the Lord's Divine mercy be spoken of elsewhere.

  
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Arcana Coelestia #1566

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1566. That 'tents' are his worship which was separating itself from the internal man becomes clear from the meaning of 'a tent' as the holiness of worship, 414, and also from the representation of 'Lot' as the external man to which tents, or worship, have reference. That 'tents' in the contrary sense means worship that is not holy also becomes clear from the following places in the Word: In Hosea,

The nettle will inherit those things, the bramble will be in their tents. Hosea 9:6.

In Habakkuk,

I saw the tents of Cushan, the curtains of the land of Midian shook, Jehovah was angry with the rivers. Habakkuk 3:7-8.

In Jeremiah,

Shepherds and their flocks will come against the daughter of Zion; they will pitch their tents against her round about; they will graze, each off his own space. Jeremiah 6:3.

In David.

He smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the beginning of strength in the tents of Ham. Psalms 78:51.

In the same author,

I have chosen to stand by the threshold in the house of my God rather than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalms 84:10.

  
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