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 Gladness, Joy

There is occasional mention in the Word of gladness and of joy, and sometimes they are mentioned together; but gladness is mentioned when the subject treated of is truth and its affection, and joy when it is good and its affection, as in Isaiah:--

Behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine (Isa. 22:13)

where joy is predicated of good, and gladness of truth. In the same:--

There is a cry in the streets because of the wine all gladness shall be made desolate, and all joy shall be banished (Isa. 24:11).

In the same:--

The redeemed of Jehovah shall return, and shall come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy upon their head they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isa. 35:10; 51:11).

In the same:--

Jehovah shall comfort Zion; joy and gladness shall be found therein, confession and the voice of singing (Isa. 51:3).

In Jeremiah:--

I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, for the land shall become a waste (Jer. 7:34 25:10).

In the same:--

The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that say, Confess ye to Jehovah Zebaoth (Jer. 33:11).

In the same:--

Gladness and exultation have been gathered from Carmel, and from the land of Moab (Jer. 48:33).

In Joel:--

Is not the food cut off before our eyes, gladness and exultation from the house of our God? (Joel 1:16).

In Zechariah:--

The fast shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness and good feasts (Zech. 8:19).

[3] He who does not know that in everything of the Word there is the heavenly marriage (that is, the marriage of good and truth), might believe that joy and gladness are one thing, and that both are mentioned merely for the sake of greater emphasis, thus that one of the expressions is superfluous. But this is not the case, for not the smallest part of a word is used without a spiritual meaning. In the passages that have been adduced, and in others also, joy is predicated of good, and gladness of truth (AC 3118). That songs also are predicated of truths, is evident from many passages in the Word, where songs are mentioned, as (Isa. 5:1; 24:9; 26:1; 30:29; 42:10; Ezek. 26:13; Amos 5:23); and other places.

from AC 4137

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