The Third Round: The Word offers both the question and the answer just as it offers both the truth and it’s good.

Arcana Coelestia

6248. Verses 8-9. And Israel saw the sons of Joseph, and said, Whose are these? And Joseph said unto his father, These are my sons, whom God hath given me here. And he said, Take them I pray unto me, and I will bless them.

“And Israel saw the sons of Joseph,” signifies a perception about the intellectual and the will of the church; “and said, Whose are these?” signifies and about their origin; “and Joseph said unto his father,” signifies an answer from within; “These are my sons, whom God hath given me here,” signifies that they were from the internal in the natural; “and he said, Take them I pray unto me,” signifies that they should accede to spiritual good; “and I will bless them,” signifies a prediction about good and truth.

6251. And Joseph said unto his father. That this signifies an answer from within, may be seen without explication, for by “Joseph” is meant the internal (n. 6177); for when a man perceives, he then on making inquiry with himself about anything, also answers himself from within. I have also observed that when spirits have made inquiry with me, they received an answer by merely looking into my thought.


Third Round posts are short audio clips taken from Round 3 comments offered in the online Logopraxis Life Group meetings. The aim is to keep the focus on understanding the Text in terms of its application to the inner life along with reinforcing any key LP principles that have been highlighted in the exchanges.

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