COMPILED FROM THE
The Rev. Robert S. Fischer
THE MASSACHUSETTS NEW-CHURCH UNION
This Commentary, the third of the series, is like the previous volumes ("Commentary on Matthew" and "Commentary on John," by the same author) drawn entirely from the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. For every passage of the Psalms which is therein quoted or referred to, all that he has written is given, except in isolated cases where abridgments have been necessary to avoid making the Commentary too bulky for ready reference, or for topical reading. Reiterations of the same statements have been avoided by a reference to preceding chapters and verses.
The entire part of Swedenborg's treatise " Summary Exposition of Prophets and Psalms" which relates to the Psalms is embodied in this Commentary and appears under the indicative letters P. P. at the verses to which it belongs. This work throws new light upon many portions of the Book of Psalms. In the " Doctrine concerning the Lord," No. 37, Swedenborg writes about it: "It maybe well to mention that it has been granted to me to go through all the Prophets and the Psalms of David, and to examine each verse singly and to see what is there treated of. It has been seen that nothing else is treated of but the church established and to be established by the Lord, the Lord's advent, His combats, glorification, redemption and salvation, and heaven from Him; and at the same time their opposites."
The division into verses is that adopted in Schmidt's Hebrew Latin Bible, published in 1740, which Swedenborg generally used, and which is the same as in Le Boys des Guays' General Index, and other similar works. In these the introductory words which for some Psalms occur in the Hebrew are counted as a verse. Where it occurs, the verse number of the text issued by the American Revision Committee can be found by going one verse back. No misunderstanding is possible as the context always shows which verse is meant. It is needless to repeat what has been said in the preface to previous volumes about the unique use of this Concordance, as that is now well established. Cincinnati, Ohio, April, 1910.
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