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To him that presides; a Psalm for the sons of Korah.
An exhortation to attend to what follows, verses 1 to 4; of those who are merely natural, and glory in scientifics and in their self-derived intelligence, verses 5, 6; there is no salvation thence, verses 7 to 9; that they, however they may glory in such things, perish nevertheless, verses 10 to 13; and go into hell, verse 14; that salvation is in the lord alone, verse 15; that learning and self-derived intelligence do not save after death, verses 16 to 20.
Verses 1, 2, 3. Hear this, all you peoples, give ear all you inhabitants of the world, both you sons of man [homo], and you sons of man [vir]; both rich and poor together; my mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. By the sons of man [homo] are signified spiritual truths which are from the lord by the word, which truths are doctrinals; and by the sons of man [vir] are signified rational and natural truths, which are from the understanding of the word, thus the understanding of the word; by rich and poor are signified those who derive thence much wisdom and who derive little. AE 724.
Verse 5. When the iniquity of my heels does encompass me. That by the heel is meant the lowest natural or corporeal principle cannot be known, unless it be understood, how the most ancient people considered the things that are in man; they referred his celestial and spiritual things to the head and face: the things which derive existence thence as mercy and charity, they referred to the breast; his natural things to the soles of the feet; and the lowest natural or corporeal things to the heel; nor did they consider them only according to such reference, but also gave them names agreeable thereto. The lowest things relating to reason, such as things scientific, were also understood by what Jacob prophesied concerning Dan, "Dan shall be a serpent in the way, an adder in the path that bites the horses' heels, so that his rider shall fall backward," Gen 49:17; and also by what is written in David, "The iniquity of my heels does encompass me," Psalm 49:5. AC 259.
Verse 2, Both you sons of man, [homo] and you sons of man. [vir] In the commonly received English version of the Psalms, these words are rendered high and low; but it is plain from the exposition given by the enlightened expositor above, that this rendering does not give the full meaning of the original Hebrew, which literally is, both you sons of man, [homo] and you sons of man. [vir].PSALMS 49 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page