Spiritual Meaning of GENESIS 36:2-5
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AC 4643. Verses 2-5. Esau took his women of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite; and Basemath the daughter of Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth. And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Basemath bare Reuel; and Oholibamah bare Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau which were born unto him in the land of Canaan. "Esau took his women of the daughters of Canaan," signifies the first conjunction of natural good with the affection of apparent truth; "Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite," signifies the quality which was from the Ancient Church; "and Basemath the daughter of Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth," signifies a second conjunction with the affection of truth from a Divine stock; "and Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz, and Basemath bare Reuel," signifies the first derivations therefrom; "and Oholibamah bare Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah," signifies a second derivation; "these are the sons of Esau which were born unto him in the land of Canaan," signifies from the good of the Lordís kingdom.

AC 4644. As the subject here treated of is the good which was Divine in the Lord from His birth, and the conjunction of this good with the truth and good which He acquired to Himself as a man born, and also the derivations therefrom; and because as before said these things are of such a nature as not to fall into the understanding, not even the angelic, they therefore cannot be explained in detail. Moreover they are mere names, by which this Divine good with its derivations is described; and to unfold the meaning of mere names, without any historic sense proceeding and following to give a confirming light, would be to bring the subject into doubt, because no matter how clearly it may be shown them, there are few who can believe that real things are signified by the names in the Word. For these reasons I will merely transcribe the contents of this chapter, and add somewhat of a general explication by means of such things as may be adapted to the apprehension, and which are only outlines. For the things which are in the Divine never appear to anyone, but the things which are from the Divine appear in a very general manner according to the understanding into which they fall, and yet only as faint outlines, Be it known moreover that no man is born into any good, but everyone into evil into interior evil from his father, and into exterior evil from his mother; for everyoneĎs heredity is evil, But in so far as regards the Father the Lord alone was born into good, and into the Divine good itself; and it is this Divine good into which the Lord was born that is here treated of, Its derivations are what came forth in the Lordís Human when He made it Divine, and by means of which He glorified it. Hence it is that something of a general explication can be added,

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Author:  E. Swedenborg (1688-1772). Design:  I.J. Thompson, Feb 2002. www.BibleMeanings.info