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 Feeding the Flock

The signification of feeding the flock is to teach, specifically from doctrinal things, those who are in the church. A feeder of the flock or shepherd denotes one who teaches, (AC 343, 3772, 3795). Here is signified that it was present with those who taught, because it is said that Joseph was feeding with his brethren; for his brethren represent the church which turns away from charity to faith, and at last to faith separate, and so to falsities, as will appear in what follows.

from AC 4671

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