Psalm 24

1 The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fulness thereof;
The world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the floods.

1, 2. The fulness stands for truth and good, the earth for the church in a specific, and the world for the church in a universal sense. That Jehovah founded the world upon the seas is upon what is of knowledge. That He established it upon the floods is upon what is of intelligence. A. 6297.

The earth and the orb (world) stand for the church. The seas upon which He has founded the orb are scientific truths. The rivers upon which He has established it are the truths of faith. A. 9755.

See Psalm ix. 9. R. 551.

The earth and the world stand for the church, and the fulness thereof for all things pertaining to it. The seas upon which He has founded it are the knowledges of truth in common. The floods or flowing streams stand for doctrinals, and the church is founded upon both. E. 304. By the earth here also is signified the church as to truth, and the fulness thereof signifies all truth? in the complex. By the world is signified the church as to good, and by the inhabitants thereof goods in the complex. E. 741.
1-3. Respecting the church which is from the Lord through the Word. P. P.

2 That the earth is founded upon the sea means that the church, which is meant by the earth, is founded upon general truths, for these are its basis and foundations. R. 238.
Rivers signify truths in abundance, R. 409.
See Psalm xi. 2, 3. R. 902.

By the earth is signified the church, by the seas the knowledges in common which are in the natural man, by the floods the truths of faith. Upon these the church is founded. E. 275.

By the earth is signified heaven and the church in the grand aggregate, by the seas are signified knowledges and sciences which are the ultimates of the church, and specifically the knowledges of truth and good, such as are in the literal sense of the Word rationally understood. E. 518.

2, 3. See Psalm xviii. 8, 16. R. 589.
See Psalm xviii. 8, 16. E. 1057.
4 See Psalm v. 7. R. 624.

From these passages it may be seen that to the ancients, who were in the representatives and significatives of the church, it was permitted to swear by Jehovah God, in order to testify verity. Thereby was signified that they thought what was true, and willed what was good. But it was more especially granted to the sons of Jacob, since they were altogether natural and external men, and not internal and spiritual, and mere external or natural men are desirous of having the truth of a thing attested and confirmed by oath, whilst internal or spiritual men are unwilling, yea are averse to oaths, and account them horrible, especially those where God is appealed to, and the holy things of heaven and the church, and are contented with saying, and with having it said that a thing is so, or that it is true. E. 608.

See Psalm xvi. 10. E. 750.
See Psalm xvii. 1. E. 866.

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah?
And who shall stand in his holy place ?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;
Who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood,
And hath not sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

4, 5. He that has clean hands signifies those who are in truths from faith, and by a pure heart are understood those who are in good from love. Concerning such it is said that they shall receive the blessings from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of salvation, and by these are signified the reception of Divine truth and Divine good. E. 340.

4-6. Those who are not in falsities and evils will be in it. P. P.
5 Verse quoted. D. P., Page 63.
6 See Psalm xiv. 7. A. 4281.

6 This is the generation of them that seek after him,
That seek thy face, even Jacob. [Selah]

7, 8. The Lord’s combats are treated of. This also is concerning the Lord. L. 33.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
And be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors:
And the King of glory will come in.
8 Who is the King of glory?
Jehovah strong and mighty,
Jehovah mighty in battle.

7-9. It is manifest that the gate of heaven is where angels are with man, that is where there is influx of good and truth from the Lord, and thus there are two gates. See Matthew vii. 13-14. A. 2851.

7-10. Since Divine truth is represented by royalty in the Word, the Lord as to the Divine truth being represented by kings, therefore to the Divine truth as to a king is attributed glory. A. 5922.

7 The Lord is here called the King of glory from the Divine truth from which He fought, conquered, and subdued the hells. A. 10053.

Gates in the good sense stand for an opening into heaven. By gates in the Word is signified an entrance into heaven and into the church by good and truth, and also the influx of truth and good with man. A. 10483.
That the Lord is Jehovah, that is that Jehovah is the Lord is also manifest. L. 38.

That the Lord is called King is manifest. R. 664.
They will receive the Lord who has conquered the hells and glorified His Human. P. P.

Verses quoted. D. P., Page 58.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
Yea, lift them up, ye everlasting doors:
And the King of glory will come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
Jehovah of hosts,
He is the King of glory. [Selah]

7, 9. The doors of the world being lifted up stands for the opening and elevation of hearts to the Lord, who is the King of glory, and thereby giving communication, that is, that He may flow in with good of charity, and with truth of faith. The Lord is called the King of glory from truth which is from good. A. 8989.

Since there are both ways and doors in the spiritual world, and angelic spirits actually go in the ways and enter through the doors when they enter heaven, therefore door, gates, and portals are often mentioned in the Word, and by them entrance is signified. R. 176.

See Psalm ix. 15. R. 899.
See Psalm ix. 15. E. 208.

8 By wars in the Word spiritual wars are signified, which are fightings against the truth, and are carried on by reasonings from falsities. R. 500.

8, 10. In the Word where mention is made of war is meant in the internal sense spiritual war, which is against falsities and evils, or what is the same thing, which is against the devil, that is the hells. A. 8273.

Since the Lord alone conquered the hells without the aid of any angel, therefore He is called: The King of glory, Jehovah strong and mighty, the mighty in battle. L. 14.

The foregoing statement repeated in T. 116.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)