Spiritual Meaning of

Bible Meanings Back to Words index Back to Activity words index
 Lie down

That in the Word to lie down signifies a state of tranquillity, may be seen from the following passages. In Moses:--

If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments and do them, I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid and I will cause the evil wild beast to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword pass through your land (Lev. 26:3, 6)

where lying down is manifestly predicated of a state of peace and tranquillity; evil beasts denote the cupidities of evil (AC 45, 46, 908), which shall cease; the sword denotes, falsity fighting against truth (AC 2799), which shall not pass through; all which shows that peace and the tranquillity of peace are from good and truth, and that the destruction thereof is from evils and falsities.

[4] In Isaiah:--

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid and the calf and the young lion together and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie do together (Isa. 11:6, 7)

where the Lord is treated of, and the state of peace in His kingdom; that they shall lie down together signifies that they cannot be infested by any evil and falsity. In Hosea:--

In that day will I make a covenant for them with the wild beast of the field, and with the fowl of the heavens, and with the creeping thing of the earth and I will break the bow and the sword and war out of the land, and will make them to lie down in confidence (Hosea 2:18)

where in like manner to lie down signifies a state of tranquillity on the removal of falsities and evils, which occasion unrest.

[5] In David:--

I will lay me down and sleep and I will awake for Jehovah sustaineth me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people that have set themselves against me round about (Ps. 3:5, 6)

where to lie down and sleep signifies a state of tranquillity and security. Again

In peace I will both lay me down and sleep; for Thou Jehovah alone makest me to dwell in confidence (Ps. 4:8).

And again:--

He will make me to lie down in green pastures He will lead me to the waters of rest; He will restore my soul (Ps. 23:2, 3).

From these passages it is evident that a state of peace and tranquillity is signified by lying down; and that by lying down in that place is signified the tranquillity of the state, for in the internal sense place signifies state (AC 3692).

from AC 3696

Back to Words index, Back to Activity words index

Author:  E. Swedenborg (1688-1772). Design:  I.J. Thompson, Feb 2002. www.BibleMeanings.info