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That the esculent herb and green herb signify what is vile, is evident in the Word, as in Isaiah:--
The waters of Nimrim shall be desolate; for the grass is dried up, the herbage is consumed, there is no green thing (Isaiah 15:6).
Their inhabitants were short of hand, they were dismayed, and put to shame; they became the herb of the field, and the green herbage, the grass on the house tops (Isaiah 37:27),
the green herbage denoting what is most vile. In Moses:--
The land whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs (Deut. 11:10),
where a garden of herbs denotes what is vile. In David:--
The evil are as grass, suddenly are they cut down, and will be consumed as the green herbage (Ps. 37:2),
where grass and the green herbage denote what is most vile.
from AC 996
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