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That Asshur is reasoning, is evident from the signification of Asshur or Assyria in the Word, where it is constantly taken for the things which pertain to reason, in both senses; namely, for what is of reason, and for reasonings. By reason and rational things are properly meant things that are true; and by reasoning and reasonings, those which are false. Because Asshur signifies reason and reasoning, it is very frequently connected with Egypt, which signifies memory-knowledges; for reason and reasoning are from such knowledges. That Asshur signifies reasoning is evident in Isaiah:--
Woe unto Asshur, the rod of Mine anger, he thinketh not right, neither doth his heart meditate right, he hath said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, because I am intelligent (Isaiah 10:6, 7, 13),
where Asshur denotes reasoning, of whom it is therefore predicated that he neither thinketh nor doth meditate right; and it is said, by his own wisdom, because he is intelligent.
 In Ezekiel:--
Two women, the daughters of one mother, committed whoredom In Egypt; they committed whoredom in their youth. The one committed whoredom, and doted on her lovers, on Asshur (the Assyrians) her neighbors, who were clothed in blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. The sons of Babel came to her, and they defiled her with their whoredom (Ezekiel 23:2, 3, 5, 6, 17).
Here Egypt denotes memory-knowledges; Asshur, reasoning; and the sons of Babel, falsities from cupidities.
 In the same:--
O Jerusalem, thou hast also committed whoredom with the sons of Egypt, thou hast committed whoredom also with the sons of Asshur, and thou hast multiplied thy whoredom even into the land of Canaan unto Chaldea (Ezek. 16:26, 28, 29),
where Egypt in like manner denotes memory-knowledges;Asshur, reasoning. Reasoning from memory-knowledges concerning spiritual and celestial things is called whoredom, both here and elsewhere in the Word. That whoredom with the Egyptians and the Assyrians is not meant, any one can see.
 In Jeremiah:--
Israel, what hast thou to do with the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Shihor? and what hast thou to do with the way of Asshur, to drink the waters of the river (Euphrates)? (Jer. 2:18, 36).
Here likewise Egypt denotes memory-knowledges; and Asshur, reasoning. In the same:--
Israel is a scattered sheep, the lions have driven him away, first the king of Asshur hath devoured him, and after that this king of Babel hath broken his bones (Jer. 50:17, 18).
Asshur here is reasoning concerning spiritual things.
 In Micah:--
This shall be the peace, when Asshur shall come into our land, and when he shall tread in our palaces, we will even set over him seven shepherds, and eight princes of men, and they shall feed down the land of Asshur with the sword, and the land of Nimrod, In the gates thereof, and he shall deliver from Asshur, when he shall come into our land, and when he shall tread upon our border (Micah 5:6, 6).
The subject here is Israel, or the spiritual church, of which it is said that Asshur shall not enter in, that is, that reasoning shall not; the land of Nimrod denotes such worship as is signified by Nimrod, in which the interiors are evil and false.
 That Asshur in the Word is also reason, which is in the man of the church, whereby he discerns truth and good, is evident in Hosea:--
They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Asshur (Hosea 11:11).
Egypt here denotes the memory-knowledge of the man of the church; and Asshur, his reason. That a bird is the intellectual of the memory (scientificum intellectuale), and a dove rational good, has been shown before.
 In Isaiah:--
In that day shall there be a path from Egypt to Asshur, and Asshur shall come into Egypt, and Egypt into Asshur, and the Egyptians shall serve Asshur. In that day shall Israel he the third with Egypt and with Asshur, a blessing in the midst of the land, which Jehovah Zebaoth shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt My people, and Asshur the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance (Isaiah 19:23-25).
The subject here is the spiritual church, which is Israel, whose reason is Asshur, and memory-knowledge Egypt. These three constitute the intellectual things of the man of the spiritual church, which follow one another in this order. In other places also where Asshur is named, it signifies the rational, either true or false, as in (Isaiah 20:1-6; 23:13; 27:13; 30:31; 31:8; 36:1-22; 37:1-38; 52:4; Ezek. 27:23, 24; 31:3-18; 32:22; Micah 7:12; Zeph. 2:13; Zech. 10:11; Ps. 83:8). Asshur denotes reasoning in (Hosea 5:13; 7:11; 10:6; 11:5; 12:1; 14:3; Zechariah 10:10), where Ephraim is spoken of, by whom is signified the intellectual, but here, perverted.
from AC 1186
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