“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church


Isaiah 60:6. “An abundance of camels shall cover thee; the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;”

For the children from 1 Kings 10 (in AC)

AC 3048:4. The queen of Sheba came to Solomon to Jerusalem with exceedingly great riches, with camels that carried spices, and very much gold, and precious stones (1 Kings 10:1‒2). This represented the wisdom and intelligence which came to the Lord, who in the internal sense here is “Solomon.” The “camels bearing spices, gold, and precious stones” are the things of wisdom and intelligence in the natural man.

and from Matthew 2

1. And when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came Magi from the east into Jerusalem,

2. saying, Where is He who is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.

3. But having heard, Herod the king was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet:

6. And thou Bethlehem, [of] the land of Judah, art by no means the least among the governors of Judah, for out of thee shall come One who governs, who shall shepherd My people Israel.

7. Then Herod, privately calling the Magi, precisely inquired of them at what time the star appeared.

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrine

AE 349:9. Here (Isa 60:6) the Lord’s coming is treated of. The “troop of camels” and the “dromedaries of Midian and Ephah” signify the knowledges of truth and good in abundance. “All they from Sheba shall come” signifies from the knowledges of genuine truth and good.

AC 3048:3. That “camels” signify general memory-knowledges is evident from other passages in the Word where they are mentioned, as in Isaiah:

The prophecy of the beasts of the south…. They carry their riches upon the shoulder of young donkeys, and their treasures upon the hump of camels, to a people that shall not profit…. (Isa. 30:6‒7).

The “beasts of the south” are those who are in the light of knowledges, or in knowledges, but in a life of evil. “Carrying their riches upon the shoulder of young donkeys” denotes the knowledges pertaining to their rational (that a “young donkey” is rational truth may be seen above, n. 2781). “Their treasures upon the hump of camels” are the knowledges pertaining to their natural. The camels' “hump” is what is natural; the “camels” themselves signify the general memory-knowledges which are there. The “treasures” are the knowledges which they hold as precious…. Anyone can see that some arcanum of the church is hereby signified.

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