Arcana Coelestia #8859

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8859. Exodus 20

1. And God spoke all these words, saying,

2. I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves.

3. You shall not have other gods before My face.

4. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness [of things] which are in the heavens above, and which are on the earth beneath, and which are in the waters under the earth.

5. You shall not bow down to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the sons, 1 on the third and on the fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

6. And showing mercy to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.

7. You shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain; for Jehovah will not render him innocent who takes His name in vain.

8. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9. Six days you shall labour and do all your work;

10. And the seventh day is a sabbath to Jehovah your God. You shall not do any work - you, nor your son, nor your daughter; your male slave, nor your female slave, nor your beast, nor your sojourner who is within your gates.

11. For in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Jehovah blessed the sabbath day, and sanctified it.

12. Honour your father and your mother, in order that your days may be prolonged on the land which Jehovah your God gives you.

13. 2 You shall not kill.

14. You shall not commit adultery.

15. You shall not steal.

16. You shall not answer as witness of a lie against your neighbour.

17. You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male slave nor his female slave, nor his ox nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbour's.

18. And all the people saw the voices and torches, 3 and the voice of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and the people saw and were violently shaken, and stood afar off.

19. And they said to Moses, Speak yourself to us, and we will hear; and do not let God speak to us, lest perhaps we die.

20. And Moses said to the people, Do not fear, for God has come in order to test you, and in order that His fear may be before your faces, so that you do not sin.

21. And the people stood afar off; and Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.

22. And Jehovah said to Moses, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, You have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.

23. You shall not make [to be] with Me gods of silver and gods of gold; you shall not make [them] for yourselves.

24. An altar of soil 4 you shall make for Me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your eucharistic offerings, your flocks and your herds; in every place where I shall put the memory of My name I will come to you and bless you.

25. And if you make for Me an altar of stones, you shall not build it with hewn ones; for if you move your chisel over it you will profane it.

26. And you shall not go up to My altar by steps, in order that your nakedness may not be revealed on it.

CONTENTS

This chapter deals in the internal sense with God's truths that are to be implanted in the good which governs those belonging to the Lord's spiritual Church. The Ten Commandments are those truths; and the commandments that follow them in this chapter, regarding sacrifices and the altar, are outward truths concerned with worship.

Footnotes:

1. or the children

2. In the Latin an alternative numbering of verses is used from here to the end of the chapter.

3. i.e. thunder and lightning

4. literally, the ground (humus)

(Izinkomba: Exodus 20:1)

  
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6. Genesis 1 6 67. Since the Lord's Divine mercy has allowed me to know the internal sense of the Word, and since that sense contains very deep arcana which have never entered the knowledge of anyone before now, and never can unless people know the way things exist in the next life - for most of what is in the 67 190. Genesis 3:1-13 190 324. Genesis 4 324 460. Genesis 5 460 554. Genesis 6:1-8 554 701. Genesis 7 701 832. Genesis 8 832 971. Genesis 9 971 1130. Genesis 10 1130 1279. Genesis 11 1279 1401. Genesis 12 1401 1535. Genesis 13 1535 1651. Genesis 14 1651 1778. Genesis 15 1778 1886. PREFACE 1886 1985. Genesis 17 1985 2136. Genesis 18 2136 2312. Genesis 19 2312 2496. Genesis 20 2496 2610. Genesis 21 2610 2764. Genesis 22 2764 2901. Genesis 23 2901 3012. Genesis 24 3012 3230. Genesis 25 3230 3357. Genesis 26 3357 3490. Genesis 27 3490 3656. Genesis 28 3656 3758. Genesis 29 3758 3902. Genesis 30 3902 4061. Genesis 31 4061 4232. Genesis 32 4232 4336. Genesis 33 4336 4425. Genesis 34 4425 4536. Genesis 35 4536 4639. Genesis 36 4639 4665. Genesis 37 4665 4811. Genesis 38 4811 4960. Genesis 39 4960 5072. Genesis 40 5072 5191. Genesis 41 5191 5397. Genesis 42 5397 5574. Genesis 43 5574 5728. Genesis 44 5728 5867. Genesis 45 5867 5994. Genesis 46 5994 6059. Genesis 47 6059 6216. Genesis 48 6216 6328. Genesis 49 6328 6497. Genesis 50 6497 6634. Exodus 1 6634 6713. Exodus 2 6713 6825. Exodus 3 6825 6939. Exodus 4 6939 7087. Exodus 5 7087 7183. Exodus 6 7183 7264. Exodus 7 7264 7378. Exodus 8 7378 7495. Exodus 9 7495 7628. Exodus 10 7628 7763. Exodus 11 7763 7822. Exodus 12 7822 8038. Exodus 13 8038 8125. Exodus 14 8125 8258. Exodus 15 8258 8395. Exodus 16 8395 8554. Exodus 17 8554 8641. Exodus 18 8641 8748. Exodus 19 8748 8859. Exodus 20 8859 8970. Exodus 21 8970 9123. Exodus 22 9123 9246. Exodus 23 9246 9370. Exodus 24 9370 9455. Exodus 25 9455 9592. Exodus 26 9592 9710. Exodus 27 9710 9804. Exodus 28 9804 9985. Exodus 29 9985 10176. [10175(a)] Exodus 30 10176 10326. Exodus 31 10326 10393. Exodus 32 10393 10523. Exodus 33 10523 10598. Exodus 34 10598 10725. Exodus 35 10725 10750. Exodus 36 10750 10767. Exodus 37 10767 10782. Exodus 38 10782 10807. Exodus 39 10807 10832. Exodus 40 10832

Thanks to the Swedenborg Society for the permission to use this translation.


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