Psalm 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in whom I trust.
3 For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover thee with his pinions,
And under his wings shait thou take refuge:
His truth is a shield and a buckler.

1 Song in praise of the Father by the Lord, who is to be made one with Him. P. P.

2-6. Thus there will be protection from every attack. P. P.

2, 4. A shield and a buckler stands for protection from falsities. A. 1788.

4 See Psalm .xvii. 8. A. 8764.

See Psalm xvii. 8. R. 245.
See Psalm v. 13. R. 436.
See Psalm xvii. 8. E. 283.

4, 5. See Psalm xi. 2. A. 2709.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night,
Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness,
Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

The pestilence that walketh in darkness stands for the evil which lays waste in secret. The destruction that wasteth at noonday, for the evil which lays waste openly. A. 7505.

5, 6. Not to fear for the destruction that wasteth in the south, means not to be afraid because of the damnation which comes upon those who are in knowledges and pervert them. A. 1458.

The terror by night stands for falsities of evil which are from hell, the arrow that flieth by day for falsity that is openly taught, whereby good is destroyed; the destruction that wasteth at noonday for evil that is lived in openly, whereby truth is destroyed. A. 6000.

The terror by night stands for falsity which is in secret, the arrow that flieth by day for falsity which is seen, the pestilence that walketh in darkness for evil which is in secret, the destruction that wasteth at noon-day for evil which is seen. A. 7102.

The terror of night stands for the falses of evil which are from hell, the weapon which flies by day for the falses which are openly taught. The death which vastates in the south stands for the evil which is openly lived in, whereby truth is destroyed where it is capable of being in its light from the Word. A. 9642.

See Psalm ix. 14. E. 186.

5-7. See Psalm lxviii. 18. R. 287.

These things are said against the falsities and evils which are not known to be such, and concerning those which are known to be such and yet creep into the thought and will and destroy man. The destruction of those evils is signified by, “a thousand shall fall at thy side,” and the destruction of the falsities by, “and myriads at thy right hand.” The reason why a thousand is predicated of evils, and myriads of falsities is because falsities are opposed to truths, and evils to goods. E. 336.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
And ten thousand at thy right hand;
But it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 For thou, O Jehovah, art my refuge!
Thou hast made the Most High thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee,
Neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
11 For he will give his angels charge over thee,
To keep thee in all thy ways. –
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands,
Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 A thousand and a myriad stand for what is innumerable, and as it is concerning the Lord, who is meant by David in the Psalms, it stands for all who are His enemies A. 2575

See Psalm lxviii. 18. A. 8715

7-9. Thus there will be no uprising of the hells. P. P

9 See Psalm xxvi. 8. A. 9481

9, 10. See Psalm xv. 1, 2. R. 585

By the habitation of Jehovah and by His tabernacle is signified heaven and the church, by habitation both as to truths and by tabernacle both as to goods. The removal of evils and protection from them is signified by making the Most High his dwelling, and by no evil befalling him, nor plague coming nigh him. E. 799.

10, See Psalm xxxix. 11. R. 657. not even against the church. P. P.

11, 12. Thus heaven will serve Him. P. P.

13 See Psalm lvii. 5. A. 6367.

See Psalm xvii. 12. R. 241.
See Psalm xvii. 12. E. 278.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
The young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample
under foot.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will
I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble:
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,
And show him my salvation.

By treading upon the lion, the asp, serpents, and scorpions is understood not only to destroy them, but also not to be hurt by them. E. 632. psalm xcii. 345

13, 14. See Psalm xliv. 19, 20. R. 537.

To destroy falses interior and exterior which vastate the truths of the church is signified by treading under foot the lion and dragon. To withdraw from falses and to lead to interior truths and goods him who is in doctrine from the Word is signified by, I will deliver him. To deliver is to withdraw from falses, to exalt is to lead to interior truths. To know my name is to be in doctrine from the Word. E. 714.

13-16. There will be no fear from the hells, when the Divine has been made one with the Human. P. P.

15 See Psalm iv. 2. R. 376.

See Psalm iv. 2. E. 471.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)