1 I was glad when they said unto me,
Let us go unto the house of Jehovah.
2 Our feet are standing
Within thy gates, O Jerusalem,
1, See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
1-7. By Jerusalem is here meant the church which was to be established, and which also was established by the Lord, and not the Jerusalem inhabited by the Jews in the land of Canaan. L. 64.
The foregoing statement repeated in: R. 880.
The foregoing statement repeated in: B. 100.
The foregoing statement repeated in: T. 782.
1-9. Joy of the Lord over the new church where he reigns. P. P.
Verses partly quoted. D. P., Page 33.
3 Jerusalem, that art builded
As a city that is compact together;
4 Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of Jehovah,
For an ordinance for Israel,
To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.
5 For there are set thrones for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
2, 3. See Psalm ix. 15. R. 899.
3, 4. Tribes signify goods of love and truths of faith. A. 3858.
See Psalm xix. 8. A. 4197.
By Jerusalem is signified the church as to doctrine, which is said to be ” builded as a city that is compact together, ” when all the doctrines thereof are in agreement and unanimous, and when they mutually relate to the Lord and love to Him derived from Him as their beginning and end. It is said to be built as a city because a city signifies doctrine. The truths of doctrine which relate to the Lord are signified by the tribes of Jah, truths derived from good, which are from the Lord. Worship thence derived is signified by confessing or giving thanks to the name of Jehovah. E. 431.
3-5. A throne here signifies judgment. R. 229.
The Lord will not judge any one to hell, but He will cause the Word to judge every one, the Lord directing in order that all things may be done according to justice. R- 2 33-
The twelve tribes of Israel represented, and thence signified, all truth and good in their whole compass, thus all things of faith and love. E. 39.
By Jerusalem is signified the church as to doctrine, which is said to be built when it is established by the Lord. A city compact together signifies doctrines in which all things are in order. The tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord signifies that therein are all truths and goods in the aggregate. Unto the testimony of Israel. . . . that therein the Lord is confessed and acknowledged.
See also E. 253, under verses 3, 5. E. 392.
3, 5. By throne is signified heaven. Jerusalem is called the throne of Jehovah, for by Jerusalem is signified the church as to doctrine, and doctrine is Divine truth. E. 253.
4, 5. See Psalm xlv. 2-18. L. 44.
5, The spiritual kingdom of the Lord is where Divine truth in which is good is the principal, and the celestial kingdom is where the principal is Divine good from which is Divine truth. Hence it is plain why Jerusalem is called the throne of Jehovah, Jerusalem standing for the Lord’s spiritual kingdom. A. 5313.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
They shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls,
And prosperity within thy palaces.
6-9. See Psalm iv. 7-9. R. 306.
By Jerusalem is understood the church as to doctrine and worship, by peace everything pertaining to both. When these are of celestial origin, that is out of heaven from the Lord, then they are from peace and in peace, whence it appears what is understood by, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” They who are in that peace are called the people of rest, therefore it is said, ” they shall prosper that love thee,” namely, that love the doctrine and worship of the church. Verse 7 signifies in the exterior and interior man, for the exterior man with the things which are in him, which are natural scientifics and delights, is like a wall or fortification to the interior man, being without or before the interior man and protects him. The interior man with the things in him, which are truths and spiritual goods, is a palace or house, since it is within the exterior. Verse 8 signifies for the sake of those who are in goods and thence in truths, and in the abstract goods and truths themselves. E. 365.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes,
I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God
I will seek thy good.
8 All the sons of Israel because they represented the Lord’s heavenly kingdom, that is the kingdom of love and charity, were called among themselves brethren and also companions, companions not from the good of love, but from the truth of faith. A. 2360.
By a brother in the spiritual sense is meant one who is in the good of charity, and by a companion one who is thence in the truths of faith. R. 32.
See Psalm xxii. 23. E. 746.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)