1 Blessed be Jehovah, my rock,
Who teacheth my hands to war,
And my fingers to fight:
2 My lovingkindness, and my fortress,
My high tower, and my deliverer;
My shield, and he in whom I take refuge;
Who subdueth my people under me.
1 See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1096.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1422.
Power is signified by finger. A. 7430.
As the thumb so also the fingers signify power. A. 10062.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. R. 289.
1, 2. The combat and war are those of temptations, and here in the internal sense the Lord’s temptations. The shield with reference to Jehovah is protection, and with reference to man trust. A. 1788.
To the Father that He may be a help to Him in His combats. P. P. psalm cxliv. 499
3 Jehovah, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of
Or the son of man, that thou makest account of him ?
4 Man is like to vanity:
His days are as a shadow that passeth away.
3, 4. For without Him He has no power. P. P.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Jehovah, and come down:
Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
5 See Psalm xviii. 9, 10. E. 539.
5, 6. To come down is predicated of Jehovah, because the highest is predicated of Him, or he is said to be in the highest — and this too according to the appearance, for He is not in things highest, but in those which are inmost. For that reason highest and inmost in the Word signify the same — while the judgment itself or the punishment of evil is manifested in the lower and lowest things. A. 131 1.
By Jehovah bowing the heavens and coming down is signified visitation and judgment. Touch the mountains that they may smoke means to destroy those by His presence who are in evils of the loves of self and of the world. By cast forth lightning and scatter them is signified the Divine truth by which they are dissipated, for by the presence of Divine truth evils and falsities are discovered, and by the collision which then takes place there appear as if it were lightnings. E. 405.
5-8, 11. O that He may be delivered from the hells which assault Him with falsities. P. P.
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them;
Send out thine arrows, and discomfit them.
6, See Psalm xviii. By darting thunderbolts and by arrows are signified Divine truths, and by lightning their light. As these vivify and illumine the good, so they affright and blind the wicked. This is understood by sending arrows and scattering them, for the evil cannot bear Divine truth, nor any light at all from heaven, wherefore they flee from their presence. E. 273.
7 Stretch forth thy hand from above;
Rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters,
Out of the hand of aliens;
7, 8. Great waters here manifestly stand for falsities, the sons of the stranger also signify falsities. A. 790.
7, 8, 11. The sons of the stranger stands for falses and those who are in falses, vanity is falsity of doctrine, and a lie is the false of life. A. 10287.
7-9. Vanity stands for the false of doctrine and of religion. A. 9248.
8 Whose mouth speaketh deceit,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
8, 11. The reason why the right hand, when predicated of 8 the evil, signifies what is false, and thus reasoning and combat against truth, is because the quarters of those who are in evil are opposite to the quarters which are with those who are in good, so that to the right of the evil truths are in dense darkness, but falsities, as it were, in the greatest light. E. 298.
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:
Upon a psaltery of ten strings will I sing praises unto
10 Thou art he that giveth salvation unto kings;
Who rescueth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
9, 10. Thus He would have salvation. P. P.
11 Rescue me, and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,
Whose mouth speaketh deceit,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their
And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the
fashion of a palace;
11, 12. Sons of the stranger stand for spurious or false truths, our sons for teachings of truth, our daughters for teachings of good. A. 489.
They who are in truths of doctrine from the Word, and abstractly the truths themselves are meant by sons; the affection for the truths of the church, and thus the church as to that affection is signified by a daughter. R- 543-
By sons of the stranger are here understood falses, for it is said whose mouth speaketh vanity and their right hand is the hand of a lie. By our sons are signified truths, plants also standing for truths, and youth for the ancient church, which was in genuine truths. By our daughters are signified the affection for truth, which are therefore compared to “corners cut out in the likeness of a palace.” Palace represents the understanding in which truths are in beautiful form, and they are in beautiful form, when they are from the affection for truth. E. 724.
12, 14. And thus would Divine truth and Divine good be His and from Him. P. P.
13 When our garners are full, affording all manner of store,
And our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands
in our fields;
14 When our oxen are well laden;
When there is no breaking in, and no going forth,
And no outcry in our streets:
13, A thousand, and ten thousand, or a myriad, stand for innumerable. A. 2575.
See Psalm lxviii. 18. A. 8715.
See Psalm lxviii. 18. R. 287.
Streets signify the truths or falsities of doctrine. R. 501.
By garner and by all manner of store, or food, are signified the goods and truths of the church, for spiritual food consists of the knowledge of truth and good, by which intelligence is acquired. Similar things but of an interior nature are signified by flocks, wherefore the goods of the church are understood by thousands, and truths by myriads. By the streets of a city are understood truths of doctrine. E. 336.
13, 14. The ancient church is described such as it was in its youth. The food, of which the garners were full, stands for spiritual food, that is, truth and good. Flocks and oxen — internal and external goods. ” There is no breaking” means that truth is not infracted or broken through by separation from good. A. 4926.
By the gamers full of food are signified doctrines from the Word, thus the Word itself wherein are all the truths of doctrine from which is instruction and spiritual nourishment. By the flocks being thousands and ten thousands in the streets are signified goods and truths spiritual — thousands goods, and ten-thousands truths. By oxen burdened are signified natural truths and their affections, by no breach is signified their coherence, by none flying away — no loss of any. By no clamour in the streets is signified no lamentations anywhere over the want of them. E. 652.
13, 15. See Psalm civ. 27, 28. A. 5147.
15 Happy is the people that is in such a case;
Yea, happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.
15 Happy is He who acknowledges Him. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG