VACUITY den. the state of man before regeneration. 7.
VACUUM, a, is nothing, and from nothing, nothing exists. D. L. W. 373.
VAGABOND, is to have no knowledge of what is true and good. 382-8.
VAIL (Gen. xxxviii. 19) a. obscurity of the truth. 4883. The essential v. of the tabernacle, which was the first before the ark (Exod. xxvi. 3, and xxxvi. 35, 36), rep. the proximate and inmost appearances of rational good and truth, in which the angels of the third heaven are. The second v., or the tegument of the door of the tent (Exod. xxvi. 30, 37; xxxvi. 37, 38), rep. the appearances of good and of truth, which are inferior or exterior to the former, and which are the middle appearances of the rational, wherein the angels of the second heaven are; and the third v., or the tegument of the court gate of the tabernacle (Exod. xxvii. 16, 17; xxxviii. 18, 19), rep. the appearances of good and truth still inferior or exterior, which are the lowest appearances of the rational, in which the angels of the first heaven are. 2576. See Veil.
VAIL BETWEEN THE HOLY PLACE and THE MOST HOLY (Exod. xxvii. 33) s. the medium which united the divine truth and the divine good in the Lord. 9070.
VAIL OF THE TEMPLE BEING RENT IN TWAIN (Matt, xxvii. 51) s. that the Lord entered into the essential divine, having dispersed all appearances; and that at the same time he opened a passage to the essential divine, by his human made divine. 2576. V. of the t. being rent asunder (Matt, xxvii. 51 ; Mark xv. 38; Luke xxiii. 45) s. that when the externals which were of the ancient church, and also of the Jewish, are unfolded, and, as it were, unswathed, the Christian church is discovered. 4772.
VAILINGS, or COVERINGS. By v., or c., man can sustain the presence of the Lord, and thereby the Lord is present in every one who worships him. A. R. 54.
VAIN, VANITY. To bring the name of God into what is v. den. to profane divine truths by blasphemies, and to apply divine statutes to idolatrous worship, as the Jews did when they adored a calf. V. den. falsity of doctrine, or of religion. 8882, 9248. See Wind and Vanity.
VALLEY. Mountains, in the Word, s. love or charity, because these are the highest, or, what is the same, the inmost things in worship, and hence a v. s. what is beneath mountains, or what is inferior, or, which is the same thing, the more external in worship. But when worship is not as yet become so profane, it is expressed by the name of a v., as in Isa xli. 18, which speaks of those who are in ignorance, or who are not instructed in the knowledges of faith and charity, but who, nevertheless, are in charity. V. is used in a like sense in Ezek. xxxvii. 1. 1292. V. (Jer. ii. 23) den. unclean worship. 1202.
VALLEY OF HINNOM den. hell. 1292.
VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT s. the falsification of the Word. A. E. 911.
VALLEY OF SHAVEH which is the KING'S VALLEY. (Gen. xiv. 17.) V. of S. s. the goods of the external man ; and the k. v. s. the truths of the same. 1723.
VALLEY OF SHITTIM (Joel iii. 18) s. illustration of the understanding. A. E. 518.
VALLEY OF SIDDIM, which is the SEA OF SALT (Gen. xiv. 3), s. the unclcanness of lusts and the falsities thence der. 1666.
VALLEY of VISION (Isa. xxii. 1, 5) den. fantasies and reasonings whereby worship is falsified, and at length profaned. 1292.
VALLEY of VISION, SEPULCHRE on HIGH, and HABITATION in a ROCK. (Isa. xxii. 5.) V. of v. s. the false of doctrine confirmed by the literal sense of the Word; the love of the false, is s. by the s. on h.; and the faith of the false is s. by the h. in a r. A. E. 411.
VANITY s. evil, and the false of evil. A. E. 340. Vanities of strangers s. falses of religion. 587.
VAPOR (Jer. x. 13) s. the ultimate truths of the church. A. E. 304.
VARIATIONS, by, of form in man are meant his thoughts. A. Cr. 45. V. of state in the forms of the mind. Exp. D. P. 195.
VARIETY . There is a v. in all things, so that there does not, and cannot, exist to eternity any one thing the same as another. D. P. 56.
VARIETIES. There is an infinite variety in the heavens, which is der. from v. of good, and the distinction of things therein is from thence. These v. are manifested by truths, which are manifold, by which every one has his own good. In consequence thereof, all the angelic societies in the heavens, and all the angels therein, are distinct from each other. But they all act in unity by love from the Lord, and thereby regard one end. N. J. D. 26.
VARIEGATED den. truth mixed with evils. 3993.
VARIEGATED HEIGHTS s. truths falsified. A. E. 195.
VASTATION is nothing else but a deviation, declension, and falling away from rep. worship into idolatrous worship, which two kinds of worship are alike as to the external fa;:c, but not as to the internal face. A. V. C. E.. 54. V. is of two kinds, first of those who know, and do not wish to know, or who see, and do not wish to see, as was the case with the Jews, and as is the case with Christians at this day; the second (if those who know or see nothing, by reason of their ignorance, as was the case with the gentiles formerly, and as is the case also with the gentiles at this day; when it is the last time of v. with those who know, and do not wish to know, or who see, and do not wish to see, then a church arises anew, not amongst them, but amongst those whom they call gentiles; this was the case with the most ancient church, which existed before the flood, and also with the ancient church which existed after the flood, and so with the Jewish church. The cause that new light then first beams forth is, because then men can no longer profane the things that are revealed, by reason of their not acknowledging and believing them to be true. That the last time of v. must be present before a new church can arise, is frequently declared by the Lord in the prophets, and is there called v., which respects the celestial things of faith, and desolation, which respects the spiritual things of faith; it is also called consummation and excision, as in Isa. vi. 9, 11, 12; xxiv. 1, to the end; xxiii. 8, to the end; xlii. 15-18; Jer. xxv. 1, to the end; Dan. viii. 1, to the end; ix. 24, to the end; Zeph. i. 1, to the end; Deut. xxxii. 1, to the end; Rev. xv. 16, and the following chapters. 410, 411. V. was rep. by the years of the Babylonish captivity: the beginning of a new church wag rep. by the deliverance and rebuilding of the temple. 728. A church vastated is such, that it knows what is true, but is not disposed to understand it. 885.
VASTATION and BREAKING s. evils and falses, because evils vastate the natural man, and falses break him in pieces. A. E. 305.
VASTATION and CONSUMMATION differ from each other just as the shade of evening differs from the thick darkness of night; for v. is a recession from the church, as c. is a full separation from it. V. therefore, is like the case of a person descending from heaven, but not yet arrived at hell, and who tarries in the mid-way standing sideways between both; but c. is like the case of the same person, who, after so standing, turns his face and breast to hell, and his back and hinder part of his head to heaven. V. takes place while man views the holy things of the church from falses and falsified truths; but c. takes place when he lives in evils or in adulterated goods. A. V. C. R. 57.
VEGETABLE KINGDOM. Every thing in the v. k., which is beautiful and ornamental, der. its origin through heaven from the Lord; and when the celestial and spiritual things of the Lord flow into nature, such objects are actually exhibited, and thence proceed the vegetative soul, or life; hence come rep. 1632. See Influx.
VEGETABLES. There are in the heavens, as in the earth, v. of all kinds and species, yea, there are in the heavens such v. as are not in the earth, being compounded of genera and species with an infinite variety. But the genera and species of v. differ there, just as the genera and species of animals do. A. E. 1211. The difference between the v. in the spiritual world, and those in the natural, is, that in the spiritual world they are produced in a moment, according to the affections of the angels and spirits there, and this both with respect to seeds and germinations; but in the natural world the origin of v. is implanted in the seeds, from which they are annually produced. Moreover, there are two things proper to nature, namely, time with its succession, and space with its extension ; but these are not given in the spiritual world, as properly belonging thereto, but instead thereof there are appearances of the states of their life ; whence also it is, that from the earths there, which are from a spiritual origin, v. spring up in a moment, and also instantly vanish, which yet only happens when the angels depart, for till then they continue. A. E. See Soul of Vegetables.
VEGETATIVE SOUL. How the spiritual flows into vegetables and produces action. A. E. 1204.
VEGETARIANS den. the pleasures of the natural man. 996
VEHEMENT ANGER (Gen. xlix. 7) s. grievous aversion fiom good. 6358.
VEIL. The v. with which brides covered the face, den. the appearances of truth. 3207.
VEINS cor. to affections. D. L. W. 412.
VELOCITY, or SWIFTNESS, in the Word, when pred. of intelligence, s. the affection of truth. A. E. 281.
VENGEANCE, day of, s. a state of damnation. 488.
VENISON (Gen. "xxvi. 2) s. the truth of the natural from whence is the good of life. 3501.
VENOM of DRAGONS and the GALL of ASPS (Deut. xxxii.) s. the enormous false which exists from falsified truths of the Word. A. E. 433.
VENTRICLES, or GREATER CAVITIES of the BRAIN. They who have reference to that province are situated above the head, a little in front. They discourse pleasantly, and their influx is tolerably gentle; they are distinguished from others by this, that they have continually an eagerness and desire to come into heaven ; the reason is, that the better species of lymph which is in the brain, is of such a quality, namely, that it returns into the brain, and hence it has such a tendency thereto; the brain is heaven, and tendency is eagerness and desire. 4049.
VENUS. The planet V., in the idea of spirits and angels, appears to the left a little backwards, at some distance from our earth: it is said, "in the idea of spirits" because neither the sun of this world nor any planet appears to any spirit, but spirits have only an idea that they exist; it is in consequence of such idea that the sun of this world, is presented behind as somewhat darkish, ami the planets not movable, as in the world, but remaining constantly in their several places. In the planet V. there are two kinds of men, of tempers and dispositions opp. to each other, the first, mild and humane, the second, savage and almost brutal; they who are mild and humane appear on the further side of the earth, they who are savage and almost brutal, appear on the side looking this way. But it is to be observed, that they appear thus according to the states of their life, for in the spiritual world, the state of life determines every appearance of space and of distance. Some of those who appear on the further side of the planet, and who are mild and humane, during their abode in the world, and more so after they become spirits, acknowledge our Lord as their only God : on their earth they have seen him, and they can rep. also how they have seen him. These spirits in the grand man, have relation to the memory of things material, agreeing with the memory of things immaterial, to which the spirits of Mercury have relation ; wherefore, the spirits of Mercury have the fullest agreement with these spirits of V. With respect to those spirits who are on the side that looks this way, and who are savage and almost brutal, the cause of their disposition is this, that they are exceedingly delighted with rapine, and more especially with eating of their booty. These are, for the most part, giants, and the men of our earth reach only to their navels; they are also stupid, making no inquiries concerning heaven or eternal life, but are immersed solely in earthly cares and the care of their cattle. E. U. 105-109.
VERITY, or TRUTH. V. s. t., A. E. 365; also the divine t., 541; also the t. of doctrine, and of faith, 642.
VERMILION. (Jer. xxii. 14.) To paint with v. s. to falsify intellectual and spiritual truths. 3391. To be painted or portrayed with v. (Ezek. xxiii. 14) being pred. of the images of the Chaldeans, which are profane doctrinals der. from the love of self and the world, s. that the exteriors appeared as truths, although within they were profane. A. E. 827.
VERTEBRAE. Societies of spirits cor. to v. have in them little of spiritual life. 556O.
VESSEL. The scientific is a v. wherein is truth, for every scientific is a v. of truth, and every truth is a v. of good; a scientific without truth is an empty v., in like manner, truth without good; whereas a scientific wherein is truth, and truth wherein is good, is a full v.; affection which is of love is what conjoins, so that they may be according to order, for love is spiritual conjunction. 3068.
VESSELS, in general, in the internal sense, s. those things which are in the place of a receptacle, as scientifics and knowledges are in respect to truths, and as truths themselves are in respect to good, as may appear from several passages in the Word; the v. of the temple and of the altar had no other s., and by reason of this s., that they were also holy, nor had their holiness any other source; hence it was, when Belshazzar with his grandees and wives drank wine out of the v. of gold and silver, which Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had brought from the temple of Jerusalem, and they praised the gods of gold, of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone, that then the writing on the wall of his palace appeared (Dan. v. 2, and following verses); the v. of gold and silver den. the knowledges of good and truth, which were profaned, for they are Chaldeans who are in knowledges, but which are profaned by falses that are therein, so that knowledges serve them for worshipping gods of gold and of silver, for Belshazzar is called king of the Chaldeans (verse 30 of the same chapter); that v. s. the externals of things spiritual, is also evident from the following passages in the Word: Isa. lxvi. 20; Jer. xiv. 2, 3, li. 34; Num. xxiv. 6, 7; Matt, xxv. 4. 3079. V. (Rev. xviii. 12) s. scientifics relating to matters of the church; because scientifics are the continents of goodness and truth, as v. are the continents of oil and wine. A. R. 775.
VESSELS of CUPS and VESSELS of PSALTERIES. (Isa. xxii. 24.) V. of c. s. celestial things, and v. of p., holy spiritual things. 3704.
VESSELS of SILVER and VESSELS of GOLD. V. of s. are specifically scientifics, for these are the recipients of truths; and v. of g. are specifically truths, because these are the recipients of good. 3164.
VESTMENT s. truth, and, in relation to the Lord, divine truth. A. E. 685.
VESTURE s. truth investing good, and when said of the Word, s. the Word in its literal sense, for that is like a garment, wherewith its spiritual and celestial sense is clothed. A. R. 825.
VESTURE of the LORD s. the spiritual sense of the Word. L. 16.
VETCHES s. various species of good. 3332.
VEX, or GALL ANOTHER, s, resistance by falses. 6420.
VEXATIONS. That aliments or meats in the stomach are by various methods vexed, to the intent that the interior principles thereof may be extracted, and turned to use, namely, may pass off into the chyle, and is a known thing, and also that the same operation next into the blood afterwards takes place in the intestines; such v. are rep. by the first v. of spirits, all of which are wrought according to their life in the world, that evils may be separated, and goods collected together which may turn to use; whereof it may be said of souls or spirits, some time after their decease or being set loose from the body, that they come, as it were, first into the region of the stomach and are there vexed and purified ; in this case, they, with whom evils have obtained the pre-dominion, after that they have been vexed to no purpose, are conveyed through the stomach into the intestines, and even to the last, namely, to the colon and rectum, and are thence voided forth into the draught, that is, into hell; but they with whom goods have had the pre-dominion, after some v. and purifications, become chyle and pass off into the blood, some by a longer way, some by a shorter, and some are vexed severely, some gently, and some scarce at all. 5174. See Juices of Meats.
VIALS. (Rev. xiv.) By the seven v. the same is s. as by the seven plagues, for they are containing vessels, and by the thing containing in the Word, the same is s. as by the things contained, thus the same is s. by cup as by wine, and the same by platter as by meat. The reason why v. were given them, is because the subject treated of is concerning the influx of truth and good into the church, in order that its evils and falses may be discovered, and naked goods and truths cannot enter by influx, for such are not received, but only truths clothed, such as there are in the literal sense of the Word; and moreover the Lord always operates from inmost principles through ultimates, or in fulness. This is the reason why there were given to the angels v., by which are s. containing truths and goods, such as those of the literal sense of the Word are, by means of which falses and evils are discovered. That by v., platters, cups, and chalices, and by bottles are s. the things which are contained in them, may appear from many passages. V. and also bottle, or pitcher, have the same s. as cup. (Matt. ix. 17 ; Luke v. 37, 38; Jer. xiii. 12; xlviii. 12; Hab. ii. 15.) By v. and censers containing incense, the same is s. as by incense; and in general by all kinds of vessels, the same as by the things contained in them. A. R. 672.
VIALS FULL of the WRATH of God who LIVETH for AGES of AGES (Rev. xv. 7) s. evils and falses which will appear and be discovered by means of pure and genuine truths and goods of the Word. It is said that the " v. were f. of the wr. of G.," because they were full of plagues, by which are s. evils and falses of the church; but yet they were not full of them, but full of pure and genuine truths and goods from the Word, by means of which, the evils and falses of the church were to be discovered. Still, however, they were not vials, neither were there in them truths or goods, but by them was s. influx out of heaven into the church. Their being said to be full of the wrath of the living God, is conformable to the style of the Word in its literal sense. A. R. 673.
VIATICUM (Gen. xlii. 25 and Ps. lxxviii. 25) s. support from truth and good. 5400. (The common version is provision and meat.)
VICISSITUDES of STATE, with the regenerate,. are as summer and winter with respect to the will; and day and night, with the understanding. 935.
VICTORY. Why it seems as if v. declared on the side of prudence, and not on the side of justice. D. P. 252. To fight against evils and falses and be reformed. A. R. 88.
VIEW, to, den. to think. 2684.
VILLAGES s. the external things of faith and thus of the church. The external things of the church are rituals; the internal things are doctrinals when these are not of science but of life. External things were rep. by v., because they were out of cities, but internal things by cities themselves. 3270. V. (Exod. viii. 13) s. the exteriors of the natural mind. 7407. V. (Isa. xlii. 11) s. knowledges and natural scientifics. A. E. 405.
VINDICATION, punishment or vengeance. Exp. 1711.
VINE s. good and truth spiritual. A. E. 403.
VINE, or VINEYARD, s. the church where the Word is by which the Lord is known, consequently, the Christian church. A. R. 650.
VINE-DRESSERS s. those who are in truths and teach them. A. E. 376.
VINE out of EGYPT (Ps. lxxx. 8-13), in the supreme sense, den. the Lord; the glorification of his human is des. by it and its shoots; in the internal sense, the v., in this passage, is the spiritual church, and the man of that church, such as he is when made new, or regenerated of the Lord as to the intellectual and will principle. 5113.
VINE of SIBMAH s. men of the external church who exp. the Word to favor worldly love. A. E. 911.
VINE of SODOM, etc. (Deut. xxxii. 32.) Speaking of the Jewish church, their v. being of the v. of S. and of the fields of Gomorrah, den. that the intellectual part was obsessed by falses der. from infernal love; their grapes being grapes of gall, clusters of bitternesses to them, den. that the case was similar with the will-principle therein ; for grape, inasmuch as in a good sense it s. charity, is pred. of the will-principle, but of the will-principle in the intellectual part, in like manner, in the opp. sense, for all truth is of the understanding, and all good is of the will. 5117.
VINE and CHOICE VINE. (Gen. xlix. 11.) V. den. the external spiritual church, and a c. v., the internal church. 6375.
VINE and NOBLE VINE. (Gen. xlix. 11.) V. den. the intellectual principle, which is of the spiritual church, and n. v. den. the intellectual principle which is of the celestial church. 5113.
VINE, NOBLE, and the DEGENERATE SHOOTS of a STRANGE VINE. (Jer. ii. 18, 21.) N. v. s. the man of the spiritual church, who is called a vine from the intellectual principle, and the d. s. of a s. v. den. the man of the perverted church. 5113.
VINE and FIG TREE. V. s. the good of the intellectual principle, and f. t., the good of the natural principle, or, what is the same thing, v. the good of the interior man, and f. t., the good of the exterior; therefore, very frequently in the Word, where mention is made of v., the f. t. is also mentioned. 5113.
VINE, the, SHALL GIVE HER FRUIT, and the GROUND HER INCREASE (Zech. viii. 12), s. that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of charity, and the natural affection of good and truth produces the works of charity. A, E. 695.
VINES and LAURELS cor. to the affection of truth, and its uses. H. and H. 520.
VINEGAR s. truth mixed with falses. A. E. 386. Giving the Lord v. mixed with gall (Matt, xxvii. 34) s. the quality of divine truth from the Word such as was with the Jewish nation, namely, that it was commixed with the false of evil, and thereby altogether falsified and adulterated, wherefore he would not drink it. A. E. 519.
VINEGAR MINGLED WITH HYSSOP which the Lord received (John xix. 28, 29) s. the quality of the false among the well-disposed Gentiles, which was the false arising from ignorance of the truth, in which there was somewhat good and useful, as this false is accepted by the Lord. A. E. 519.
VINEYARD. The ancient church, as being spiritual, is des. by a v., by reason of the fruits, which are grapes, which rep. and s. works of charity, as appears manifest from several passages of the Word ; as a v. s. the spiritual church, so also does a vine, for a vine appertains to a v., and in this they are as a church, and a man of the church, therefore, they are the same thing; inasmuch as vine s. the spiritual church, and the primary thing of the spiritual church is sharity, in which the Lord is present, and by which he joins himself to man, and by which he alone operates all that is good, therefore, the Lord compares himself to a vine, and des. the man of the church, or the spiritual church, as in John xv. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12. 1069.
VINEYARD and BRANCH (Ps. lxxx. 16) s. the spiritual church rep. by the sons of Israel. A. E. 724.
VIOLATION of the WORD is made by those in the Christian church who adulterate its goods and truths, and those do this who separate truth from good, and good from truth; as they do who assume and confirm appearances of truth and fallacies for genuine truths; as also those who know the truths of doctrine from the Word, and live badly, besides others like these. These v. of the W. and of the church cor, to the prohibited degrees enumerated in Lev. xviii. C. S. L. 519.
VIOLENCE s. the outrage which is done to charity, also the destruction of charity and faith. 6353. V. (Jer. xv. 21) s. falses which assault the good of charity. A. E. 328.
VIOLENCE of the SONS of JUDAH and the EFFUSION of INNOCENT BLOOD. (Joel iii. 19.) V. of the s. of J. s. the adulteration of the Word as to good, and the e. of i. b., the adulteration of the Word as to truth. A. E. 730.
VIOLENCE and DECEIT. (Isa. liii. 9.) V. relates to the will; and d. in the mouth, to the understanding. 623.
VIOLENT MAN and EVIL MAN (Ps. cxl. 2) s. those who pervert the truths of the Word. A. E. 734.
VIPER s. mortal hatreds. 2125. V. s. those who are most deceitful. 5608.
VIPERS and BASILISKS. Those who are in the hells where they are who act craftily against innocence, appear as v.; and those who act contrary to the good of love appear as b. A. E. 410. (See Isa. xi. 8.)
VIRGIN s. the Lord's kingdom and also the church, and hence every one who is a kingdom of the Lord, or who is a church, and this from conjugial love which is in chaste v.; in a proper sense, they are v. who are in love to the Lord, that is, who are celestial, thus who are in the affection of good; they are also called v. who are in charity towards their neighbor, that is, who are spiritual, thus who are in the affection of truth. 3081. A betrothed v. has reference to the truth of the church about to be conjoined with good. 3101.
VIRGIN and DAUGHTER of ZION s. the church in regard to the affection of good and truth. A. R. 612.
VIRGIN and GIRL. In the Word, mention is made of a v., and also of a g., but of this latter, in the original tongue, rarely by the name by which she here is named. (Exod. ii. 8.) A v. s. the good which is of the celestial church, but a g., the truth of good, which is of the spiritual church. 6742.
VIRGIN and WOMAN, in the Word, s. the affection of good. H. and H. 308.
VIRGINS (Rev. xiv. 4) s. those who love truths, because they are truths, thus from a spiritual affection. For v. s. the church as a spouse, who desires to be conjoined to the Lord, and to become a wife, and the church which desires this union, loves truths, because they are truths, for by truths, when a life is led according to them, conjunction is effected. Hence it is, that Israel, Zion, and Jerusalem, in the Word, are called v. and daughters, for by Israel, Zion, and Jerusalem is s. the church. That all they who are such in the Lord's church, whether they be v. or young men, wives or husbands, boys or old men, girls or old women, are meant by v., may appear from the Word, where v. are mentioned, as the v. Israel. (Jer. xviii. 13; xxxi. 4, 21; Amos v. 2; Joel i. 8.) The v. daughter of Judah. (Lam. i. 15.) The v. daughter of Zion. (2 Kings xix. 21; Isa. xxxvii. 22 ; Lam. i.4; ii. 13.) The v. of Jerusalem. (Lam. ii. 10.) The v. daughter of my people. (Jer. xiv. 17; Matt. xxv. 1, and subseq.; Jer. xxxi. 4, 13; Ps. lxviii. 25, 26; xiv. 10-16; Amos viii. 11, 13; Isa. xxiii.4; Lam. i. 4,15,18; Zech. ix. 17; viii. 5; Lam. li. 10,13, 21, besides other passages, as Jer. li. 20-23; Lam. v. 10, 11,12; Ezek. ix. 4, 6; Ps. lxxxviii. 02, 63, 64; Deut. xxxii. 25.) Hence it is said (Rev. xiv. 4), " These are they who are not defiled with women, for they are v.," for to be " defiled with women " s. the same as to commit adultery and fornication, namely, to adulterate and falsify the divine good and truth of the Word. A. R. 620. The prudent v. (Matt. xxv. 9, 10) s. those in the Word with whom faith is conjoined to charity; and by the foolish are s. those in the church with whom faith is separated from charity. A. E. 840.
VIRTUE den. strength and power, and in relation to Jehovah or the Lord, den. all power. 8266.
VISCERA and MEMBERS, or ORGANS of MOTION and SENSATION. All and each of the v. and m. or o. of m. and s., cor. to societies in heaven, thus to so many as it were distinct heavens, and from those societies, that is, by them, celestial and spiritual things flow in with man, and this into adequate and suitable forms, and present thus the effects which are apparent to man ; these effects however do not appear to man otherwise than as natural, thus altogether under another form and under another appearance than what they are in their origin, insomuch that they cannot be known to be from heaven. 3630.
VISCOUS. The conscientious have reference to the v. exp. 5724.
VISION is the inmost revelation, which is that of perception, for v. are according to the state of man; v. before those whose interiors are closed, is altogether different from what is manifested to those whose interiors are open ; as for example, when the Lord appeared to the whole congregation on Mount Sinai, that appearance was a v., which varied according to the states of the beholders, appearing differently to the people from what it appeared to Aaron, and differently to Aaron from what it did to Moses; so again, v. was altogether different as exhibited to Moses and to the prophets : there are several kinds of v., and they are the more perfect, in proportion as they are more interior ; with the Lord it was the most perfect of all; because he then had a perception of all things in the world of spirits, and in the heavens, and had immediate communication with Jehovah ; this communication is rep., and s. in the internal sense, by "the v. in which Jehovah appeared to Abram." (Gen. xv. 1.) 1786. V. (Zech. xiii. 4) s. falses. 3301.
VISION of the NIGHT s. obscure revelation. 6000.
VISIONS, are of two kinds, divine and diabolical; divine v. take place by rep. in heaven ; and diabolical v. take place by things magical in hell: there are also fantastic v., which are the sportings of an abstract mind. Divine v., which, as was said, take place by rep. in heaven, are such as the prophets had, who, when they were in them, were not in the body, but in the spirit; for v. cannot appear to any man in the wakefulness of his body ; wherefore when they appeared to the prophets, it is said also that they were then in the spirit. D. P. 131. See Prophets, Dreams.
VISIONARIES are persons of weak mind, and the things they see are often illusions conjured up from outward objects. 1907.
VISITATION. The last time of the church in general, and of each individual in particular, is in the Word called v., and precedes judgment, and thus v. is nothing else than an exploration as to the quality, namely, the quality of the church in general, or of man in particular. 2242. V. is spoken of in the Word throughout and thereby is s. either vastation in reference to the church and to individuals, or deliverance, thus exploration as to quality. 2242. V. does not come until evil is consummated, that is, until there is no longer any good of charity, and truth of faith, concerning which consummation much is said in the prophets. 1857.
VITAL HEAT. The heat of the blood, of man and animals, is the heat of love, to which natural heat cor. T. C. R. 35.
VIVIFY. To v. or make alive souls which should not live (Ezek. xiii. 19) s. to persuade them that life eternal is from falses. A. E. 180. See Alive.
VOICE s. what is announced from the Word. V. is often pred. of, and also adjoined to such things as have no relation to a v., as in Exod. iv.; Nahum iii. 2; Ps. ixiii. 3, 4. That v. s. annunciation, and in a good sense annunciation from the Work, which v. is called the v. of Jehovah, is manifest from Ps. xxix. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and Ixviii. 34; in which passage v. den. divine truth, thus the Word and annunciation from it. 6971. V. s. the quality of the interiors. 10.457. V. (Rev. xix.) s. joy of the worship, confession and celebration of the Lord. A. R. 811. A great v. heard in heaven (Rev. xii. 10), s. the joy of the angels of heaven from the light and wisdom then appertaining to them. A. E. 744. A great v. (Rev. xvi. 1) s. the divine command. A. R. 676. A great v. out of the temple of heaven (Rev. xvi. 17) s. a manifestation from the Lord out of the inmost of heaven. A, R. 709. A great v. (Rev. xxi. 3) s. speech proceeding from love. A. R. 882. One v. (Rev. ix. 13) s. a divine command. A. R. 443.
VOICE, a, CRYING, and the VOICE of a CRY, are common forms of expression in the Word, and are applied to every case where there is any noise or disturbance, or any thing that infests and is troublesome, yea, and to cases where there is matter of rejoicing, as Exod. xxxii. 17, 18; Zeph. i. 9, 10; Isa. lxv. 19 ; Jer. xlviii. 3 ; and in Gen. iv. 10, it is used to express what brings accusation. 375.
VOICE, a, SINGING in the WINDOWS (Zeph. ii. 14) s. reasonings from fantasies. 600.
VOICE which came out of the THRONE (Rev. xix. 5) s. influx from the Lord into heaven ; the reason why it was from the Lord, is because he who sat on the throne was the Lord, therefore by a voice proceeding from thence, is meant influx; for the Lord, inasmuch as he is above the heavens and appears to the angels as a sun, does not speak to the angels from thence, but flows in, or influences, and that which flows in the same is received in heaven and promulgated, wherefore that voice, although it came from the throne, was nevertheless heard by John from heaven; consequently from the angels there, and whatsoever the angels speak from heaven, is from the Lord. A. R. 809. To hear the Lord's voice, s. to believe in the Word, for the divine truth of the Word is the voice of Jehovah, and to open the door is to live according to it, because the door is not opened, and the Lord received by barely hearing his voice, but by living in conformity thereto. (See John xiv. 21, 24; Rev. iii. 20.) A. R, 218.
VOICE of BLOODS (Gen. iv. 10) s. violence offered to charity, for there are several passages in the Word, in which the expression voice is taken for whatever accuses, and blood is taken for all sins, particularly for hatred; for whosoever bears hatred towards his brother, kills him in his heart, as the Lord teaches, Matt. v. 21, 22, etc., etc. 375.
VOICE of the BRIDEGROOM and of the BRIDE (Rev. xviii. 23, and elsewhere) s. spiritual and celestial joy. A. E. 1189.
VOICE of a GREAT MULTITUDE, VOICE of MANY WATERS, and VOICE of MIGHTY THUNDERINGS. (Rev. xix.) By the v. of a g. m. is s. the joy of the angels of the lowest heaven; by the v. of m. w. is s. the joy of the angels of the middle heaven ; and by the v. of m. t. is s. the "joy of the angels of the supreme heaven. A. R. 811.
VOICE as of MANY WATERS, and a VOICE OF GREAT THUNDER (Rev. xiv. 2) s. the Lord speaking through the universal heaven from the divine truths of his divine wisdom, and from the divine good of his divine love. A. R. 615.
VOICE of WINGS (Rev. ix. 9) s. reasonings, because to fly s. to perceive and instruct. A. R. 437.
VOICE and HAND. (Gen. xxvii. 22.) V. is pred. of truth, and h. is pred. of good. 3563.
VOICES, great (Rev. xi. 15), s. celebrations of the Lord by the angels. A. R. 520.
VOICES of the SEVEN THUNDERS (Rev. x.) are three times mentioned, because they contain the very essentials of the new church. A. R. 473.
VOICES, LIGHTNINGS, and THUNDERS (Rev. xvi. 18), s. ratiocinations, falsifications of truth, and arguings grounded in falsities of evil, in the church among those who are in faith alone, and who turn away from reflecting upon the evils in themselves, because they have no inclination to desist from them even if they come to a knowledge of them. A. R. 710.
VOID den. where there is nothing of good. 17.
VOLITION and UNDERSTANDING. All v. is from love, and all u. is from wisdom. D. P. 89.
VOLUME of a BOOK WRITTEN WITHIN and WITHOUT (Ezek. ii. 10, and iii. 1-3) s. the then state of the church, consequently, the quality of their life who were of the church. A. E. 222.
VOLUME, or ROLL (Zech. v. 2) s. the curse going forth upon the faces of the whole earth. A. E. 675.
VOLUNTARY and INVOLUNTARY, called will and understanding. The celestial angels cor. to what is i. and spontaneous. 9670.
VOMIT, to, is pred. of falsification of divine truth. A. E. 960. A. R. 204.
VOW. (Gen. xxviii. 20.) Vowing a v. den., in the internal sense, to will that the Lord may provide, and, in the supreme sense, in which the Lord is treated of, den. a state of providence. The reason why vowing a v., in the internal sense, den. to will that the Lord may provide, is grounded in this : that in v. there is a desire and affection, that what is willed may come to pass, thus, that the Lord may provide ; somewhat also of stipulation is implied, and, at the same time, somewhat of debt on the part of man, which he engages to discharge, in case he comes to possess the object of his wish. 3732.
VOWEL, a, inasmuch as it is used for sound, s. somewhat of affection and love. A. R. 29. In all things appertaining to the class of spirituals, the three, first v. are commonly prevalent, whereas in things appertaining to the class of celestials, the two last v. prevail. 793.