Psalm 29

1 Ascribe unto Jehovah, O ye sons of the mighty,
Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength.

1 Here the sons of the gods, or Elim, stand for truth Divine, of which it is manifest that power is predicated. A. 402.

2 Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name;
Worship Jehovah in holy array.

The Divine truth in the heavens is what in the Word of the Old Testament is meant by God. In the original language God is called Elohim in the plural, and also the angels who are in the heavens, because they are recipients of the Divine truth are called gods. A. 7268.

1-4. Those who are in truths from the Word will adore the Lord, who is the Word. P. P.

2 In the ornament — beauty — of holiness means in the genuine truths of the church. A. 10540.

3 The voice of Jehovah is upon the waters:
The God of glory thundereth,
Even Jehovah upon many waters.
4 The voice of Jehovah is powerful;
The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty.

3 Spiritual waters are meant, that is spiritual things which are of truth. A. 2702.

Voice stands for Divine truth, waters stand for the truths which are in the heavens and from the heavens. A. 9926. By waters in the Word are meant truths in the natural man. R. 50.

The Lord speaking through heaven from Divine truths is similarly spoken of in Revelation i. 15; xix. 6: Ezekiel xliii. 2. R. 614.

“His voice was like the voice of many waters,” Ezekiel xliii. 2. By this is understood Divine truth. E. 71.

Voice stands for whatever proceeds from the Lord and is perceived by angels and by men. E. 261.

3-9. The subject treated of in this Psalm is concerning the Divine truth which destroys falses and evils. This Divine truth is the voice of Jehovah. The glory which is mentioned is the Divine truth which is in heaven and in the church. A. 9926.

By the voice of Jehovah, which is the thunder here, is meant the Divine truth, or the Word, in its power. By the great waters upon which Jehovah sitteth are meant its truths. By the cedars and by Lebanon which He breaketh and breaketh to pieces, are meant the falsities of the natural man. By the calf and the son of unicorns, the falsities of the natural and of the sensual man. By the flame of fire, the affection for falsity. By the wilderness and the wilderness of Kadesh, the church where there is no truth and no good. By the hinds which the voice of Jehovah maketh to be in travail, are meant the Gentiles who are in natural good. By the forests which He maketh bare, the knowledges and cognitions which the Word opens to them. Therefore it follows that ” in His temple doth every one speak of glory” means, that in everything in the Word there are Divine truths, for the temple signifies the Lord and hence the Word, also heaven and the church, and glory signifies the Divine truth. S. 18.
That a great voice when it is heard from heaven signifies the Divine truth is manifest. See Psalm lxviii. 32, 33: Joel ii. 11. R- 37.

The subject here treated of is concerning the Divine which proceeds from the Lord, and which in one expression is called the Divine truth. Its effect both with the good and with the evil is described by such things as are here mentioned. E. 261.

3-11. Here again the voice of Jehovah stands for truth Divine and its power, thus also for the Word, since this is truth Divine. A. 7573.

3-5. 7-9- The voice of Jehovah is taken for the Word itself, for the doctrine of faith, for conscience or internal admonition, and for every reproof therefrom. A. 219.

A voice signifies annunciation, and in a good sense annunciation from the Word, which voice is called the voice of Jehovah. A. 6971.

3-5, 7-9, 11. The power of Divine truth is also meant by the voice of Jehovah. A. 10182.

5-1 1. The power of Divine truth from the Lord. P. P.

5 The voice of Jehovah breaketh the cedars;
Yea, Jehovah breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

6 By the fatted calf — Luke xv. 22, 23 — common goods corresponding to common truths are understood. The same is signified by calves and heifers in other places. A. 9391.

By the cedars of Lebanon the knowledges of truth are signified, by a calf is signified the affection of knowing. R. 242.

7 The voice of Jehovah cleaveth the flames of fire.
8 The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness;
Jehovah shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of Jehovah maketh the hinds to calve,
And strippeth the forests bare:
And in his temple everything saith, Glory.

7 A flame of fire is the Divine truth proceeding from the Lord. A. 6832.

9 Bringing forth or bearing signifies fruitfulness as to the things of doctrine. A. 2584.

That there is an internal sense which is spiritual in ” the voice of Jehovah hath made the hinds to calve” is manifestly evident from this, that immediately afterward it is said “but in His temple every one saith glory” which words do not combine with those which precede concerning hinds and forests without a spiritual sense. A. 6413.

10 Jehovah sat as King at the Flood;
Yea, Jehovah sitteth as King for ever.
11 Jehovah will give strength unto his people;
Jehovah will bless his people with peace.

10 It is plain that a flood, or inundation of waters, signifies nothing else than temptations and vastations. A. 739. See Psalm ix. 8. E. 687.

11 See Psalm iv. 7-9. R. 306.

When evils and falsities are removed and no more infest, then the Lord flows in with peace, in which and from which are heaven and the delight which fills with beatitude the interiors of the mind, consequently celestial joy. E. 365.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)