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His confidence that the father will succour him, verses 1 to 4, 7, 12, 14; that he was his from his nativity, verses 5, 6; lest the internals should say that he was deserted by god, verses 9 to 11; that thus they recede, verse 13; that so the name of god will be preached, verses 8, 15 to 19, 22 to 24; when he is victorious, verses 20, 21.
Verse 6. By you have I been supported from the womb; you are he that brought me out of my mother's bowels. These things were said of the prophet Jeremiah, but still by a prophet in the spiritual sense is meant one who teaches truth, and in the abstract sense the doctrine of truth, hence by forming in the womb, and by knowing before he came out from the womb, is signified foresight that he may be in truths from good by regeneration, thus that he may receive and teach the Word. AE 710.
Verse 22. I will also praise you, with the psaltery, even your truth, O my god; to you will I sing upon the harp, O you Holy One of Israel. That by the harp is signified confession from spiritual truths, is manifest from the signification of a harp as denoting confession from such truths; the reason why this is signified by a harp is because a harp is a stringed instrument, and by those instruments are signified things spiritual, or those which are of truth, but by wind-instruments are signified things celestial, or those which are of good: the reason why such things are signified by musical instruments is from sounds, for sounds correspond to affections, even in heaven affections are perceived from sounds; and whereas affections are various, and various sounds are uttered by musical instruments, therefore the latter from correspondence and agreement signify the former; in general stringed instruments signify such things as relate to the affections of truth, and wind-instruments such as relate to the affections of good, or, what is the same thing, some instruments appertain to the spiritual class, but some to the celestial class: that sounds correspond to affections, has been made evident to me from much experience, and also that musical sounds, and that the angels are affected according to sounds and their varieties. It is further remarkable, that discrete sounds excite the affections of truth, or that they who are in the affections of truth are affected by them, and that continuous sounds excite the affections of good, or that they who are in the affections of good are affected by them. AE 323.PSALMS 71 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page