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That a ram signifies that which is spiritual, or what is the same, those who are spiritual, is plain also in Daniel; in that a ram was seen by him standing before the river, which had two horns; afterwards a he-goat of the goats, which smote him, broke his horns, and trampled him down (Daniel 8:3, 4); where nothing else is meant by the ram than the spiritual church, and by the he-goat of the goats than those who are in faith separated from charity, or in truth separate from good, who by successive steps uplift themselves against good, and at length against the Lord-which is also described. In Samuel:--

Samuel said to Saul, Hath Jehovah as great pleasure in burnt-offerings and sacrifices as in hearkening to the voice of Jehovah? behold to hearken is better than sacrifice, and to obey than the fat of rams (1 Sam. 15:22);

where because obedience is treated of, so is truth, which is spiritual; and these words were said to the king, by whom also is signified truth (AC 1672, 2015, 2069). It is not therefore said, better than the fat of oxen, or of lambs, but better than the fat of rams.

from AC 2830

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