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It is said in the eyes of Jehovah, and thereby is signified the Divine presence of the Lord in the truths and goods of faith and of love with men on earth and with angels in the heavens. The reason why the presence of the Lord is in the truths and goods of faith and of love, is that these are from the Lord Himself; and when the Lord is present in these with men and with angels, He is then present in His own with them, and not in what is their own, for this is evil. From this also it is that by eyes in the Word, when said of men who receive the Divine things of the Lord, is signified faith and also a recipient understanding; for the understanding is the internal eye; and faith is truth which is seen and perceived. That the eyes, when said in the Word of men, signify faith and also understanding, (AC 2701, 4407-4421, 4523-4534, 9051).
 It shall also be told whence comes this sight. There is a real light which illumines the understanding, and which is quite distinct from the light which illumines the sight of the body. The light which illumines the understanding is from heaven; but that which illumines the sight of the body is in the world. The light of heaven is from the Lord as a sun there, and is in its essence the Divine truth that proceeds from the Lord's Divine good. From this it is evident whence it is that by the eyes, when said of Jehovah, is signified the Divine presence of the Lord; and by the eyes, when said of men who receive the Divine truth of the Lord, or His light, is signified faith and an enlightened understanding.
 That it is a real light which illumines minds, and effects understanding with men, is not known in the world, although men attribute sight and light to the understanding, and although in the Word the Lord is often called the Light, by which is meant that He is seen by faith and the light thereof. That it is a real light which illumines minds, and that the Divine truth which proceeds from the Lord as a sun is this light, and that where it is received it gives the understanding of truth, (AC 9548, 9684, 9570, 9571, 9594).
 From all this it can be seen what is signified in the Word by the eyes of Jehovah, as in these passages:--
Incline Thine ear, O Jehovah, and hear; open Thine eyes, O Jehovah, and see (Isa. 37:17).
I will set Mine eye upon them for good, and I will bring them back upon their own land, and I will build them (Jer. 24:6).
Behold the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear Him (Ps. 33:18).
Jehovah is in the temple of His holiness, the throne of Jehovah is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the sons of man (Ps. 11:4).
from AC 10569
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