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The signification of to heal, is to cure, and also to preserve from evils, for when diseases signify evils, to heal signifies a remedy and preservation from them, as also frequently in the Word, thus:--

I kill, and I make alive; I smite and I heal (Deut. 32:39).

Heal me, O Jehovah, that I may be healed; save me that I may be saved (Jer. 17:14).

I will make healing to go up unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy plagues (Jer. 30:17).

Thou hast turned all his bed in his disease; I said, O Jehovah, have compassion on me: heal my soul because I have sinned to Thee (Ps. 41:3, 4).

Besides in many other passages, as (Isa. 6:10; 53:5; 57:18, 19; Jer. 3:22; 17:14; Hosea 6:1; 7:1; 11:3; 14:4; Zech. 11:16; Ps. 30:2). And as healing has this signification, the Lord also calls Himself a physician:--

Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are ill; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Matt. 9:12, 13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31, 32).

from AC 8365

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