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The lord's thanksgiving to the father for the church, verses 1 to 4; that he succoured him when he was straightened, verses 5 to 9; that the wicked assaulted him, but that he was aided by the Divine principle, verses 10 to 14; his joy that there is Divine power through his Human essence, verses 15, 16; that Divine Truth is from him, verse 17; that it is he from whom comes all salvation, verses 18 to 21; that it is the Divine Human from the Divine principle within himself, from whom it proceeds, verses 22 to 25; that he is blessed who confesses and worships the lord, verses 25 to 29.
Verse 5. I called upon jah in distress; jah answered me, and set me in a broad place. By breadth, or broad place, in this passage, nothing else is signified but the truth of the church; the reason why breadth has this signification is because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, the lord is the centre of all things, for he is the sun therein. They who are in a state of good are more inward according to the quantity and quality of the good in which they are; hence altitude is predicated of good; they who are in a like degree of good are also in a like degree of truth, and thereby as it were in a like distance; hence breadth is predicated of truth; wherefore nothing else is understood by breadth, by the attendant angels, whilst man reads the Word. AC 4482.
Verse 12. They encompassed me like bees; they are extinguished as the fire of thorns. The fire of thorns denotes the craving of evil; the falses of craving, which are signified by thorns, are the falses confirming those things which are of the world and its pleasures, for these falses above others catch fire and burn, because they are from cravings in the body which are filth, therefore also they inclose the internal man, so that nothing is relished that relates to the salvation of the soul and eternal life. AC 9144.
By bees are signified false reasonings, because the rational principle collects what belongs to it from scientifics falsely applied; the reason why these things are likened to flies and bees, is grounded in correspondence, for in the spiritual world there appear flying insects of various kinds, but they are appearances from the ideas of the thoughts of spirits. AE 410.
Verse 16. The right hand of jehovah is exalted; the right hand of jehovah does valiantly. In this passage the right hand of jehovah denotes omnipotence, and, in the supreme sense, the lord as to Divine truth. AC 8281.
Verse 22. The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner. Inasmuch as by stone in old time was signified truths, and afterwards, when worship began to be celebrated on statues, on altars, and in the temple, by statues, altars, and the temple, were signified holy truths, therefore the lord was also called the stone, as in Isaiah, "Behold I lay in Zion a stone, a stone of probation of the corner, of a price, of a sure foundation." AC 1298.
Corner-stone signifies all Divine truth on which is founded heaven and the church, thus every foundation; and since a foundation, is the ultimate, on which a house or temple is built, therefore it signifies all things; inasmuch as by a cornerstone is signified all things on which the church is founded, therefore it is said, "He will found in Zion a stone, a cornerstone of price, and it is called a stone for a corner, and a stone of foundations;" and since by a corner-stone is signified all Divine truth on which the church is founded, therefore also is signified the lord as to his Divine Human principle, because all Divine truth proceeds from that principle: the builders who rejected that stone, as we read in the Evangelists, are they who were of the church, which rejected the lord, and with him all Divine truth; for they were governed by vain traditions taken from the sense of the letter of the Word, by which the truths of the Word were falsified, and the goods adulterated. AE 417.PSALMS 118 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page