Psalm 146

1 Praise ye, Jehovah.
Praise Jehovah, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise Jehovah:
I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

1, 2. Celebration of the Lord. P. P.

3 Put not your trust in princes,
Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.

3 Princes stand for primary truths, thus in the opposite sense primary falses, and the son of man is the false itself A. 9807
The foregoing statement repeated in: E„ 63
3 4. Man from his own is nothing. P. P
4 By the spirit is meant the life of man. L. 47
Spirit here means life in fear, pain, and anger. L. 48

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in Jehovah his God:
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that in them is;
Who keepeth truth for ever;

5 The God of Jacob is the Lord. A. 3305
5, 6. Happy is he who trusts in the Lord who is the God of heaven and earth. P. P.

7 Who executeth justice for the oppressed;
Who giveth food to the hungry.
Jehovah looseth the prisoners;
8 Jehovah openeth the eyes of the blind;
Jehovah raiseth up them that are bowed down;
Jehovah loveth the righteous;

7 See Psalm lxviii. 7. R. 99
See Psalm xxxiii. 18, 19. R. 323
By the oppressed are here understood those who are in falsities from ignorance. The oppression which they suffer is from spirits who are in falsities, wherefore it is said: Jehovah executeth judgment for them, that is to free them from those that oppress. By the hungry are understood those who desire goods, and since the Lord nourishes them, it is said: Jehovah giveth food to the hungry. By the prisoners, or those that are bound, are understood those who desire truth, but are kept away from them by the falsity of doctrine or by ignorance, in consequence of their not having the Word. To loose here means to liberate them. E. 386.
7, 8. They are called prisoners who are in falsities, and desire to be loosened from them, the blind are they who thence are without the understanding of truth, to open their eyes is to make them understand. E. 239.
7-9. By the oppressed, the hungry, the prisoners, the blind, the bowed down, the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows are not meant those who are commonly so called, but those who are such as to spiritual things, or as to their souls. A. 3419.
Here in the internal sense those are meant who are instructed in truths and led to good by the Lord. Some of these are called the oppressed, some the hungry, others the bound, the blind, the bowed down, the strangers, the fatherless, the widows, and this according to their quality. See also Psalm lxviii. 6. A. 4844.
The prisoners stand for those who are in vastation, and in temptations on account of falsities. A. 5037.
The sojourner, the widow, the orphan — when the three are grouped together — fall with the angels into one sense, namely, that with those who are in the church good and truth ought to be conjoined according to order, thus reciprocally. A. 9200.
See Psalm lxviii. 6. R. 764.
Who teaches and leads all who are in falsities from ignorance, and who desire truths. P. P.

9 Jehovah preserveth the sojourners;
He upholdeth the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

9 Orphans, those who are without father. In the internal sense those who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do good, and are not able. Sojourners those who are being instructed in goods and truths, widows who are in a state of good and not so much in truth. A. 3703.
See Psalm lxviii. 6. E. 1121.

10 Jehovah will reign for ever,
Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.
Praise ye Jehovah.

10 See Psalm xciii. 1. A. 8331.
By Mount Zion is signified heaven and the church where the Lord reigneth. R. 612.
See Psalm xlviii. 3,4. E. 850.
He reigns to eternity. P. P.
Verse quoted. D. P., Page 63.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)