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What is signified in the internal sense by the dumb, is they who cannot confess the Lord, thus cannot profess faith in Him, by reason of ignorance, in which state are the nations outside the church, and also the simple within the church. That such are signified by the dumb, is plain in Isaiah:

Then shall the lame leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; because in the wilderness waters shall break out, and streams in the plain of the desert (Isa. 35:5, 6)

the tongue of the dumb shall sing denotes that they shall confess the Lord and what is of faith in Him; in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the plain of the desert, denotes that they have the knowledges of truth and good; the wilderness is a state of no knowledges of faith from ignorance.

[2] By the dumb who were restored by the Lord are also signified the nations that by His coming into the world were delivered from falsities and the evils thence derived; as by the dumb person in Matthew:--

Behold they brought to Him a dumb man, obsessed by a demon; but when the demon was cast out, the dumb spake (Matthew 9:32, 33).

And by the dumb person in the same:--

There was brought unto Jesus one obsessed by a demon, blind and dumb; and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw (Matt. 12:22).

In like manner by the dumb person also obsessed by a demon, in (Mark 9:17-30).

from AC 6988

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