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The window which was to be made perfect to a cubit from above signifies the intellectual part. From the fact that when the construction of the ark is being treated of, and by the ark signifying the man of the church, the intellectual part cannot be otherwise compared than to a window from above. And so in other parts of the Word: the intellectual part of man, that is, his internal sight, whether it be reason, or mere reasoning, is called a window. Thus in Isaiah:--

O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, I will make thy suns (windows) of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy border of pleasant stones (Isaiah 54:11, 12)

. Here suns are put for windows, from the light that is admitted, or transmitted. The suns or windows in this passage are intellectual things that come from charity, and therefore they are likened to a ruby; the gates are rational things thence derived; and the border is that which is of knowledge and the senses (scientificum et sensuale). The Lord's church is here treated of.

[2] All the windows of the temple at Jerusalem represented the same: the highest of them the intellectual things; the middle, rational things; and the lowest, the things of knowledge and the senses; for there were three stories (1 Kings 4, 6, 8). Likewise the windows of the new Jerusalem in (Ezekiel 40:16, 22, 25, 33, 36). In Jeremiah:--

Death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the little child from the street, the young men from the streets (vicis) (Jeremiah 9:21).

Windows of the middle story are here meant, which are rational things, it being meant that they are extinguished; the little child in the street, is truth beginning.

[3] Because windows signify things intellectual and rational that are of truth, they signify also reasonings that are of falsity. Thus in the same Prophet:--

Woe unto him that buildeth his house in what is not righteousness, and his chambers in what is not judgment; who saith, I will build me a house of measures, and spacious chambers, and he cutteth him out windows, and it is floored with cedar, and painted with vermilion (Jeremiah 22:13, 14).

Here windows denote principles of falsity. In Zephaniah:--

Droves of beasts shall lie down in the midst of her, every wild animal of his kind (gentis), both the cormorant and the bittern (chippod) shall lodge in the pomegranates thereof; a voice shall sing in the window; wasting shall be upon the threshold (Zephaniah 2:14).

from AC 655

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