1 When Jehovah brought back those that returned to
We were like unto them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing:
Then said they among the nations,
Jehovah hath done great things for them.
3 Jehovah hath done great things for us,
Whereof we are glad.
1 See Psalm xviii, i. R. 279.
See Psalm ii. 6-8, 12. R. 612.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
See Psalm xlviii. 3, 4. E. 850.
1-4. Joy of the nations with whom a new church will arise. P. P.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Jehovah,
As the streams in the South.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
5 It will be instructed. P. P.
5, 6. This is said of those who have been in spiritual captivity and are liberated. To hear the measure of seed stands for instruction in truths, to come again with singing, for the gladness of affection for truth, and to bring the sheaves, for the doctrinals of that truth. A. 4686. Where tears are mentioned in the Word weeping is mentioned also. This is on account of the marriage of good and truth in every part of the Word. In the act both of weeping and of shedding tears water comes forth, but bitter and astringent. This is occasioned by influx from the spiritual world into the grief of man, where bitter waters correspond to the defect of truth because of falsities, and to grief on that account. Grief on account of falsities takes place with those who are in truths. E. 484.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing seed for
Shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves
6 The series in which truths are arranged with the good, and in which falses are arranged with the evil are signified in the word by sheaves and bundles. A. 10303.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)