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Jesus wept over Jerusalem
when He was near, seeing the city, He wept over it,
AE 365:9. Jesus wept over the city, saying, If thou hadst known, and indeed in this day, the things that belong to thy peace! But now it is hidden from thine eyes (Luke 19:41-42). Those who think of these words and those that follow immediately there only from the sense of the letter, because they see no other sense, believe that these words were spoken by the Lord respecting the destruction of Jerusalem. But all things that the Lord spoke, since they were from the Divine, did not relate to worldly and temporal things, but to heavenly and eternal things. Therefore “Jerusalem,” over which “the Lord wept,” signifies here as elsewhere the church, which was then entirely vastated, so that there was no longer any truth and consequently no good, and thus they were about to perish forever. Therefore He says, “if thou hadst known, and indeed in this day, the things that belong to thy peace,” that is, that belong to eternal life and happiness, which are from the Lord alone; for “peace” means heaven and heavenly joy through conjunction with the Lord.
AE 410:8. “A den of robbers” signifies the evil of life from the falsities of doctrine; and “the house upon which My name is named” [Jer. 7:11] signifies the church where there is worship from the goods of life by truths of doctrine; “house” meaning the church, and “the name of Jehovah” everything by which He is worshiped, thus good and truth, truth of doctrine and good of life. The church where there is evil of life from falsities of doctrine is called “a den of robbers” because “den” signifies that evil, and those are called “robbers” who steal truths from the Word and pervert them, and apply them to falsities and evils, and thus extinguish them. All this makes clear what is meant by the Lord’s words in the Gospels:
It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayers; but you have made it a den of robbers (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46).
“House” here, in the universal sense, signifies the church; and because worship was performed in the temple at Jerusalem, it is called “a house of prayers.”
8 Isaiah 56:7
9 Jeremiah 7:11
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