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In the Word, stone signifies truth, and therefore brick, because it is made by man, signifies falsity; for brick is stone artificially made. That brick has this signification may be further seen from the following passages. In Isaiah:--

I have spread out My hands all the day unto a refractory people, that walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense upon bricks (Isaiah 65:2, 3).

Burning incense upon bricks denotes worship from things fabricated and false; and therefore they are said to walk after their own thoughts. Again:--

For the elation and pride of heart of Ephraim and of the inhabitant of Samaria, that say, the bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stone (Isaiah 60:9, 10).

Ephraim denotes an intelligent person who falls into perversities, and calls or makes to be true things that are false, or bricks; hewn stone denotes what is fabricated. In Nahum:--

Draw thee water for the siege, strengthen thy fortresses, go into the mud and tread the clay, repair the brickkiln. There shall the fire devour thee, and the sword shall cut thee off (Nahum 3:14, 15).

Here to tread the clay denotes falsities to repair the brickkiln denotes the derivative worship; the fire is the punishment of cupidities; the sword" is the punishment of falsities. In Ezekiel:--

Take thee a brick, and set it before thee, and grave upon it a city, even Jerusalem (Ezekiel 4:1)

and he was commanded to besiege it, in which prophetic matter there is involved that the worship was falsified. That brick signifies falsity, may be still further seen from the signification of stone, which is truth, concerning which presently.

from AC 1296

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