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To him that presides, a Psalm of David.
That he who is in temptations, and thence in affliction, is always supported and vivified thereby, verses 1 to 3; that the infernals among themselves contrive mischief against the lord, verses 5 to 7; and think he is absolutely to be destroyed, verse 8, and even they also of the church where the Word is, verse 9; that they will not succeed, but will be destroyed, verses 10, 11. That the lord has integrity, verses 12, 13.
Verse 9. He that did eat of my bread has lifted up his heel against me. These words were spoken of the Jews, with whom were Divine Truths, because they had the Word, as may be manifest from John 13:18, where those Words were applied to the Jews, wherefore by eating the lord's bread is signified the appropriation of Divine Truth, in this case its communication, because it could not be appropriated to them; bread signifies the Word, from which comes spiritual nourishment: to lift up the heel against him signifies to pervert the sense of the letter of the Word even to the denial of the lord, and to the falsification of all truth; for Divine Truth is presented in an image as a man, whence heaven in the whole complex is called the grand man, and corresponds to all things of man, for heaven is formed according to the Divine Truth proceeding from the lord, and whereas the Word is Divine Truth, therefore also this before the lord is in an image as a Divine man; therefore its ultimate sense, which is the sense of the letter, corresponds to the heel; the perversion of the Word, or of Divine Truth, by the application of the sense of the letter to falsities, such as were the traditions of the Jews; is signified by lifting up the heel against the lord. AE 617.
Verse 13. From age to age. By ages of ages, when predicated of the lord, is signified eternity; the reason why eternity is not mentioned, but ages of ages, is because the latter is a natural expression, and the former a spiritual, and the literal sense of the Word is natural, and the internal sense spiritual, and the latter is contained in the former. AE 468.
Verse 13. Amen. Amen signifies the truth, and inasmuch as the lord is truth itself therefore he so often says: Amen, (verily) I say to you. The lord is called the Amen in the Apocalypse: these things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness; Rev 3:14. That the lord is Truth itself he himself teaches in John 14:6; 17:19. Amen, therefore, signifies the divine confirmation from the Truth, consequently from the lord himself. AR 23.PSALMS 41 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page