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The signification of glory, is Divine truth (AC 2135a, 5922, 9429); and the signification of comeliness, is also Divine truth, but in the external form, for the brightness and beauty of Divine truth as it appears in externals is meant by comeliness. From this it is that the Word in the internal sense is called glory, but in the internal sense relatively to the brightness and beauty thence derived, it is called comeliness. Consequently the spiritual heaven, which is meant here bythe garments of holiness, which serve for glory and for comeliness, is glory so far as Divine truth there is in an internal form, and is also comeliness.

[2] The like is signified by comeliness in the following passages. In Jeremiah:--

The Lord in His anger doth cloud over the daughter of Zion; He hath cast forth from the heavens unto the earth the comeliness of Israel, neither doth He remember His footstool (Lam. 2:1);

where the daughter of Zion denotes the celestial church; and the comeliness of Israel, the spiritual church, which is called comeliness from the brightness and beauty of truth. In like manner in Isaiah:--

I have made My righteousness to draw nigh; it is not far off, and My salvation shall not tarry; I will give salvation in Zion, unto Israel My comeliness (Isa. 46:13).

Look forth from the heavens, from the habitation of Thy holiness and of Thy comeliness (Isa. 63:15);

where the habitation of holiness denotes the celestial kingdom; and the habitation of comeliness the spiritual kingdom. And in Daniel:--

And there came forth one horn from a little one, and grew exceedingly, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward comeliness (Daniel 8:9).

The king of the north shall stand in the land of comeliness, and there is consummation by his hand, and when he shall come into the land of comeliness, many shall be overthrown (Daniel 11:16, 41);

where the land of comeliness denotes the church of the Lord, in which is truth Divine, or the Word.

from AC 9815

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