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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.
 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.
 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).
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
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