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That a field signifies doctrine, and consequently whatever belongs to the doctrine of faith and charity, is evident from the Word, as in Jeremiah:--

O My mountain in the field, I will give thy possessions (facultates) and all thy treasures for a spoil (Jeremiah 17:3).

In this passage field signifies doctrine; possessions and treasures denote the spiritual riches of faith, or the things that belong to the doctrine of faith. In the same:--

Shall the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of My field? (Jeremiah 18:14).

It is declared concerning Zion, when destitute of the doctrine of faith, that she shall be plowed like a field (Jer. 26:18; Micah 3:12). In Ezekiel:--

He took of the seed of the land, and set it in a field of sowing (Ezekiel 17:5),

treating of the church and of its faith; for doctrine is called a field from the seed in it. In the same:--

And let all the trees of the field know that I Jehovah bring down the high tree (Ezekiel 17:24).

In Joel:--

The field is laid waste, the ground mourneth, for the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth, the husbandmen are ashamed, the harvest of the field is perished, all the trees of the field are withered (Joel 1:10, 11, 12),

where the field signifies doctrine, trees knowledges, and husbandmen worshipers. In David:--

The field shall exult and all that is therein; then shall all the trees of the forest sing (Ps. 96:12),

where it is perfectly evident that the field cannot exult, nor the trees of the forest sing; but things that are in man, which are the knowledges of faith. In Jeremiah:--

How long shall the land mourn, and the herb of every field wither? (Jeremiah 12:4),

where it is also evident that neither the land nor the herbs of the field can mourn; but that the expressions relate to some thing in man while in a state of vastation. A similar passage occurs in Isaiah:--

The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12).

The Lord also in His prediction concerning the consummation of the age calls the doctrine of faith a field:--

Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken and the other left (Matt. 24:40; Luke 17:36),

where by a field is meant the doctrine of faith, both true and false. As a field signifies doctrine, whoever receives any seed of faith, whether a man, the church, or the world, is also called a field.

from AC 368

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