1 Praise ye Jehovah.Praise ye the name of Jehovah;
Praise him, O ye servants of Jehovah,
2 Ye that stand in the house of Jehovah,
In the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise ye Jehovah; for Jehovah is good:
Sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant
1, 2. See Psalm lxv. 5. A. 9741.
See Psalm lxv. 5. R. 487.
See Psalm lxv. 5. E. 630.
1,3. Song in praise of the Lord in His Divine Human. P. P.
3 See Psalm civ. 35. R. 803.
See Psalm civ. 35. E. 1197.
4 For Jehovah hath chosen Jacob unto himself,
And Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that Jehovah is great,
And that our Lord is above all gods.
4 That they are called the Lord’s own possession who are of the church, thus with whom the Word is, is evident. A. 8768.
Who institutes the church. P. P.
5 See Psalm lxxxvi. 8. A. 8301.
And who alone is God. P. P.
6 Whatsoever Jehovah pleased, that hath he done,
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps;
6 By heaven is understood the angelic heaven, by earth those who are below, by the seas and by depths are meant those who are there in the ultimates. E. 342.
7 Who causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the
Who maketh lightnings for the rain;
Who bringeth forth the wind out of his treasuries;
6, 7. Lightning for the rain stands for the flashing of truth coming down out of heaven. A. 8813.
Who alone teaches the church external and internal truths. P. P.
7 Wind signifies influx, properly the influx of truth into the understanding. See also Ezekiel xxxvii. 9, 10: Zechariah
vi. 1, 5. R. 343-
Rain signifies the Divine truth from heaven. R. 496.
In the spiritual sense the reformation of man and the establishment of the church is described. From that reformation and establishment the Lord is called the Maker of the earth, and elsewhere the Maker and Creator, earth meaning the church. . . . Ultimate truths which are knowledges from the literal sense of the Word are signified by vapors ascending from the ends of the earth, spiritual things thence derived by lightnings for the rain, lightnings being predicated of the light of heaven, and rain of influx. Reformation thence by Divine truth from the Lord is signified by bringing the wind out of his treasuries. E. 419. To make vapors to ascend signifies truths in the ultimate, such as those of the Word in the literal sense, in which are contained spiritual truths, the end of the earth means the ultimates of the church, vapors truth for those who are in ultimates, to make them to ascend — to give spiritual truths from the ultimate truths, because contained in them, which especially fructify the church. “Lightnings for the rain” signifies illustration from the influx of Divine truth with them. “Wind out of His treasures” signifies spiritual things in the Word out of heaven. E. 644.
7, 8. The establishment of the church is treated of. The earth and the world signify the church, waters in the heavens spiritual truths, rain the same when they descend and become natural. Their illumination is signified by lightnings. E. 273.
8 Who smote the first-born of Egypt,
Both of man and beast;
9 Who sent signs and wonders into the midst of thee, O
Upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants;
10 Who smote many nations,
And slew mighty kings,
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
And Og king of Bashan,
And all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 And gave their land for a heritage,
A heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy name, O Jehovah, endureth for ever;
Thy memorial name, O Jehovah, throughout all generations.
14 For Jehovah will judge his people,
And repent himself concerning his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
8-11. Who delivers the natural man from the falsities of evil. P. P.
9 See Psalm lxxviii. 42, 43. E. 706.
12 And there implants the church. P. P.
13 This is done by the Lord. P. P.
14 Who leads her. P. P.
15 See Psalm cxv. 4. A. 10406.
15, 16. See Psalm cxv. 4, 5. A. 8932.
See Psalm cxv. 4, 5. R. 459.
See Psalm cxv. 5. R. 460.
See Psalm cxv. 4, 5. E. 587.
16 They have mouths, but they speak not;
Eyes have they, but they see not;
17 They have ears, but they hear not;
Neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them shall be like unto them,
Yea,” every one that trusteth in them.
15-18. One’s own intelligence effects nothing. P. P.
17 Their having no breath in their mouth signifies that there was no truth in thought, for mouth in the Word stands for thought. E. 419.
18 The house of Israel stands for those who are in truths, the house of Aaron for those who are in goods, for in the Word where truth is treated of, good is also treated of on account of the heavenly marriage. A. 9806.
19 O house of Israel, bless ye Jehovah:
O house of Aaron, bless ye Jehovah:
20 O house of Levi, bless .ye Jehovah:
Ye that fear Jehovah, bless ye Jehovah.
21 Blessed be Jehovah out of Zion,
Who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
Praise ye Jehovah.
19-21. The spiritual and celestial church worships the Lord who is the God of the church. P. P.
21 See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1096.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. R. 289.
See Psalm ii. 6-8, 12. R. 612.
See Psalm xlviii. 3-4. E. 850.
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Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)