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A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
The desire and love of the lord that; he may he united to his Divine [principle], verses 1 to 8; that they will perish who are in the falses of evil, who lay snares for him, verses 9, 10; that then there will be salvation from the lord, and rejection of the wicked, verse 11.
Verse 1. O my god, early do I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you; in a dry and thirsty land without water. Flesh in the Word signifies various things; it signifies the proprium [or selfhood] of man, thus either his good or evil, and hence it signifies the whole man; in the supreme sense it signifies the divine human [principle] of the lord, and specifically the Divine good of the Divine love proceeding from him. That flesh signifies the good belonging to man, may he evident from this passage, "O my god, my flesh desires you," Psalm 63:1. AE 1082.
Waters signify the truths of faith, because bread signifies the good of love; the reason why waters and bread have this signification is because those things which relate to spiritual nourishment are expressed in the sense of the letter by such things as relate to natural nourishment; for waters and bread, by which is meant all drink and all meat in general, nourish the body, and the truths of faith and the good of love nourish the soul; this also is from correspondence, for when mention is made of bread and water in the Word, the angels, as being spiritual, understand those things which nourish them, which are the good things of love and the truths of faith. AE 71.
Verse 2. So may I behold your power and your glory. Power is predicated of the good, and glory of the truth, which are in the Word. AC 4060.
Verse 5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise with lips of singing. The soul being satisfied with marrow and fatness signifies to be filled with the good of love and the joy thence derived; to praise with lips of singing signifies to worship by truths which make the soul glad. AE 1159.
Verse 6. While I remember you on my bed. Bed denotes the natural principle, because the natural principle is beneath the rational, and serves it as a bed, for the rational principle lies down as it were on the natural, and because the natural is thus spread out underneath, it is therefore called a bed. AC 6188.
Verse 7. For you have been my help, therefore under the shadow of your wings will I sing. That wings signify the Divine spiritual principle, which in its essence is truth derived from good, is evident from these words. AE 283.
Verse 11. For the king shall rejoice in God; every one that swears by him shall glory. To swear by god here signifies to speak the truth, for it follows, "The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped." AE 608.PSALMS 63 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page