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Arcana Coelestia #7668

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7668. 'Go now, you young men, and serve Jehovah' means that those guided by truths that have been corroborated will be left alone, in order that they may worship the Lord. This is clear from the meaning of the command 'go' as the intimation that they will be left alone, as above in 7658; from the meaning of 'young men' as corroborated truths, dealt with below; and from the meaning of 'serving Jehovah' as worshipping the Lord, as above in 7654, 7664. The reason why 'young men' means those guided by truths that have been corroborated is that by sons, boys, young men, men, and old men' are meant aspects of intelligence and wisdom in their true order. Such aspects instead of those male persons are understood in heaven; for those in heaven possess spiritual ideas which are such that images from the purely natural order or the world cannot enter them without being instantly sloughed off and transformed into the kinds of images that are more in keeping with the wisdom of heaven and with angelic thought. This is why 'sons, boys, young men, men, and old men' cannot in the spiritual sense mean those male persons, only corresponding spiritual realities, which are aspects of intelligence and wisdom. The fact that these are meant is plainly evident from the internal sense of the places in the Word where they are mentioned.

[2] In the Word 'young men' is used to mean those who have intelligence, or - on the level of abstract ideas on which angels think - intelligence itself. And since intelligence is meant by them, so is firmly established truth since this belongs to intelligence. Also the expression which is used here in the original language to denote young men is derived from strength and power, which truth receives from good, and so which firmly established truth receives. And this name is therefore applied to the Lord in Zechariah,

O sword, rise up against My shepherd, and against the (young) man, My neighbour. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep are scattered. Zechariah 13:7.

These words were spoken in reference to the Lord, see Matthew 26:31. And also in Jeremiah,

How long do you wander around, O estranged daughter? Jehovah has created a new thing on the earth, a woman has surrounded a (young) man. Jeremiah 31:22.

(Referenties: Jeremiah 30:1)

[3] Another word for 'young men in the original language stands for intelligence, and so for the truth that belongs to it, in Amos,

I have sent the pestilence upon you in the way of Egypt, I have killed your young men with the sword, along with captured horses. 1 Amos 4:10.

'The way of Egypt' stands for perverted factual knowledge, young men who have been killed' for truths which have as a result been destroyed, and 'captured horses' for an understanding that has been led into error.

[4] In the same prophet,

They will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will run to and fro to seek the Word of Jehovah, and will not find it. On that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint from thirst. Amos 8:12-13.

'The beautiful virgins' stands for the affection for truth, 'the young men' for intelligence, and 'fainting from thirst' for being deprived of truth; and this is why it says 'they will run to and fro to seek the Word of Jehovah, and will not find it'. The fact that neither beautiful virgins, nor young men, nor fainting because of thirst are meant here is self-evident.

In Jeremiah,

Death has come up through our windows, it has entered our palaces, cutting off the young child from the street, young men from the lanes. Jeremiah 9:11.

In the same prophet,

How is the city of glory not forsaken, the city of My joy? Therefore her young men will fall in her streets. Jeremiah 49:25-26; 50:30.

In the same prophet,

Hear now, all peoples, see my sorrow; my virgins and my young men have gone into captivity. Lamentations 1:18.

In these places 'young men' stands for the truths that belong to intelligence.


1. literally, the captivity of horses


(Referenties: Exodus 10:11; Jeremiah 9:21)

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Arcana Coelestia 7724, 8902, 10458

The White Horse 8

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Apocalypse Explained 242, 386

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เยเรมีย์ 52:28


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28 ต่อไปนี้เป็นจำนวนประชาชนซึ่งเนบูคัดเนสซาร์จับไปเป็นเชลย ในปีที่เจ็ด พวกยิวสามพันยี่สิบสามคน

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 118

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Apocalypse Explained 1029

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Matthew 26:31

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31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

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Explanation of Matthew 26      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Verses 1, 2. That after previous states of combat against the hells, the Lord glorified His Humanity, by making it one with the Divine.

Verses 3, 4. On which occasion He sustained all the assaults of confederated evils and falsities.

Verse 5. Which then only had intermission, when Divine Good appeared in the Humanity, for this the infernals cannot endure.

Verses 6, 7. Therefore preparation was made by a more intimate communication of Divine Good to the Humanity, when in a state of reception.

Verses 8, 9. But this process appears needless to those who are in external good and truth, and who suppose that the Divine Good is communicable to all alike, without regard to their state of reception.

Verses 10, 11, 12. Until they are instructed, that a more interior affection and communication of the Divine Good is needful to prepare for final combat and victory.

Verse 11. Especially in the case of the glorification of the Lord's Humanity.

Verse 13. Therefore this ought to be known and remembered in the church with affection.

Verses 14, 15, 16. That the Lord's merit, and the redemption and salvation worked by Him, were held in small estimation by the Jewish nation, therefore, He was rejected by them.

Verses 17, 18, 19. And this, at the time that all things were prepared by Him for the glorification of His Humanity, and their liberation thereby from infernal falsities.

Verses 20, 21. On which occasion He predicted His rejection by them.

Verse 22. Exciting thus self-exploration in the minds of those who are principled in goods and truths.

Verse 23. Whereby they discover that the rejection of the Lord is an effect of self-love, which does not distinguish between Divine power and human.

Verse 24. And thus fulfills what had been predicted, and plunges itself into a total separation from all good and truth, which is the more terrible from the admission of the knowledges of what is good and true.

Verse 25. As was the case with the Jewish nation.

Verses 26, 27, 28. That the Lord taught by representatives, that all saving good and truth are from Himself, and are communicated by Him to those who are in a state of reception.

Verse 28. And that the truth which He revealed was the interior truth of the Word in conjunction with its good, whereby evils and falsities might be more thoroughly removed.

Verse 29. But that this truth cannot be fully received in this life, but in the other.

Verses 30, 31, 32. That the Lord from His Divine Love predicted the last time of the old church, and the first of the new.

Verse 33. But that they, who are in the science of truth separate from obedience, do not believe this.

Verse 34. Therefore they are instructed that it is the last time of the church, when the truth of faith is indeed taught, but is not believed, and when there is no faith in the Lord, because no charity.

Verse 35. Nevertheless they who are in faith alone still insist that they do believe in the Lord.

Verse 36. That the Lord's Divine rational prepared itself to endure the most grievous and cruel temptations, on which occasion He separated the former rational.

Verses 37, 38. And attached Himself to the spiritual and celestial things of the church, yet afterwards removes Himself from these also.

Verse 39. And enters by most grievous temptations into close union with the Divine Good, through the entire surrender of His Humanity.

Verse 40. And from that union communicates Himself to those who are principled in the goods and truths of the church, cautioning them against especially separating faith from charity.

Verse 41. And teaching that charity and faith ought to be conjoined as the only security against infernal evils and falsities.

Verses 42-46. Thus through a successive process of most grievous temptations, until it was complete, the Lord united His Human essence to the Divine, and by subduing the hells, restored heaven to order and the church.

Verse 47. Being entirely rejected by the Jewish nation, who through falsities and evils had destroyed in themselves all truth and good.

Verses 48, 49. And thus had only external connection with Him, but not internal.

Verse 50. By reason whereof they did violence to the Word.

Verses 51, 52. And no longer obeyed its truths, but perished in the falsities which they believed.

Verses 53-55. Whereas they ought to have believed in the Lord's Divine omnipotence, and that He assumed the Human essence that He might fulfill the Word.

Verses 56-59. And submitted to sustain alone the most grievous assaults and accusations of infernal spirits.

Verse 60. Although He was Himself the purest innocence.
And testified nothing but the union of His Human essence with the Divine by temptation combats, and the exaltation of His Human essence thereby to omnipotence, and His manifestation in the internal sense of the Word. Verses 61-64.
Which testimony is declared to be false, and is derided by those who are in evils and falsities. Verses 65-68.
And is also denied by those who are in faith alone without charity. Verses 69-74.
Whereby they plunge themselves into direful evils and falsities. Verse 75.

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Arcana Coelestia 6000, 7668, 10132

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