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Celebration of the lord, verses 1, 2; that man of himself is nothing, verses 3, 4; that he is blessed who trusts in the lord, who is the god of heaven and earth, verses 5, 6; who teaches and leads all who are in falses from ignorance, and desire truths, verses 7 to 9; that he reigns to eternity, verse 10.
Verse 3. Place not your trust in princes, in the son of man, with whom there is no salvation. As most expressions in the Word have also an opposite sense, so likewise is the signification of the son of man, which in that sense, denotes the false opposite to truths, as in Isaiah, "What are you, that you are afraid of man, he dies, and of the son of man, to whom grass is given," Isaiah 51:12; where grass given to the son of man, denotes the scientific principle, productive of what is false; and in David, "Place not your trust in princes, in the son of man, with whom there is no salvation," Psalm 146:3; princes denote primary truths, AC 2085, 5044; thus in the opposite sense, primary falses, and the son of man is the false itself. AC 9807.
Verse 4. He returns to his earth, [or ground.] That by returning to the ground from whence he was taken, is signified that the church should return to the external man, such as it was before regeneration, is evident from this circumstance, that the ground signifies the external man, as was said above; and that dust signifies what is damned and infernal, is plain also from what was said of the serpent, who in consequence of being cursed, is warned that he should eat dust. To what was there said of the signification of dust, may be added the following passages from David: "All they that go down to the dust shall bow before jehovah, and they whose souls he has not quickened," Psalm 22:29; and in another place, "You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die, and return to their dust," Psalm 104:29; as is the case when men turn themselves from the face of the lord, they then expire or die, and thus return to dust, that is, become damned and infernal. AC 278.
Verse 7. Who executes judgement for the oppressed; who gives bread to the hungry; jehovah looses the prisoners. By the oppressed are here understood those who are in falses from ignorance, the oppression which they suffer is from spirits who are in falses, wherefore it is said, jehovah executes judgement for them, which is to vindicate them from those that oppress; by the hungry are understood those who desire goods, and inasmuch as the lord nourishes them, it is said, jehovah gives bread to the hungry, to give bread denotes to nourish, and spiritual nourishment is science, intelligence, and wisdom; by the prisoners, or bound, are understood those who desire truths, but are detained from them by the falses of doctrine, or by ignorance, in consequence of not having the Word, wherefore to loose denotes to liberate them; that such are called bound may be seen, AC 5037. AE 386.
Verses 7, 8. jehovah looses the prisoners, or bound; jehovah opens the eyes of the blind. They are called bound who are in falses, and desire to be loosed from them; the blind are they who thence are not in the understanding of truth, to open their eyes is to make them understand. AE 239.
Verse 8. jehovah loves the just; see Psalm 145:20, Exposition.
Verse 9. He supports the orphan and the widow; see Psalm 10:14, 18, Exposition.PSALMS 146 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page