There Is a Marriage between the Lord and the Church, and Therefore a Marriage between Goodness and Truth, in the Individual Details in the Word (Continued)

To show from the Word that there are two-part expressions in it whose elements seem like repetitions of the same thing would take too long–it would fill pages and pages. To remove doubt, however, I wish to list passages that mention nations and peoples together, and others that mention joy and gladness together.

The following are passages that mention nations and peoples together:

Woe to a sinful nations, to a people heavy with wickedness. (Isaiah 1:4)

The peoples walking in darkness have seen a great light; you have increased the nation. (Isaiah 9:2-3)

Assyria is the rod of my anger. I will send it against a hypocritical nations; I will command it to go against a people of my wrath. (Isaiah 10:5-6)

It will happen in that day that the nations will seek the Root of Jesse, who stands as a banner for the peoples. (Isaiah 11:10)

Jehovah is striking the peoples with an incurable blow; he is ruling the nations with anger. (Isaiah 14:6)

In that day, a far-flung and shaven people will be brought out as a gift for Jehovah Sabaoth, a measured and trampled nation. (Isaiah 18:7)

A strong people, they will honor you; a city of powerful nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)

Jehovah will swallow up the covering over all peoples, the veil over all nations. (Isaiah 25:7)

Approach, you nations, and hear, you peoples. (Isaiah 34:1)

I called you to be a covenant for the people, a light for the nations. (Isaiah 42:6)

All the nations should be gathered together and the peoples should convene. (Isaiah 43:9)

Behold, I will lift my head toward the nations and my banner toward the peoples. (Isaiah 49:22)

I gave him as a witness for the peoples, a leader and a legislator for the nations. (Isaiah 55:4-5)

Behold, a people is coming from a northern land, and a great nation from the sides of the earth. (Jeremiah 6:22-23)

No longer will I let you hear the slander of the nations; you will not bear the insult of the peoples any more. (Ezekiel 36:15)

All peoples and nations will worship him. (Daniel 7:14)

To prevent the nations from making cruel remarks about them and sying among the peoples, “Where is their God?” (Joel 2:7)

The remnants of my people will plunder them and the remainders of my nation will inherit them. (Zephaniah 2:9)

Many peoples will come, and numerous nations, to seek Jehovah in Jerusalem. (Zechariah 8:22)

My eyes seen the salvation that you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light of revelation to the nations. (Luke 2:30-32)

You have redeemed us in your blood, [some] from every people and nation. (Revelation 5:9)

You need to prophesy again upon peoples and nations. (Revelation 10:11)

You will put me as the head of the nations; a people whom I had not known will serve me. (Psalms 18:43)

Jehovah makes the counsel of the nations useless; he turns the thoughts of the peoples upside down. (Psalms 33:10)

You will make us a proverb among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. (Psalms 44:14)

Jehovah will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. Jehovah rules the nations; the willing among the peoples have gathered. (Psalms 47:3, 8-9)

The peoples will confess you and the nations will rejoice, because you are going to judge the peoples in uprightness and head the nations on earth. (Psalms 67:3-5)

Remember me, Jehovah, with the good pleasure of your people, so that I may rejoice in the joy of your nations. (Psalms 106:4-5)

There are more passages like this as well.

Both nations and peoples are mentioned because “nations” mean those who focus on goodness or, in an opposite sense, on evil; and “peoples” mean those who focus on truths or, in an opposite sense, on falsities. For this reason, those who belong to the Lord’s spiritual kingdom are called “peoples” and those who belong to the Lord’s heavenly kingdom are called “nations,” since all who are in the spiritual kingdom focus on truths and therefore intelligence; and all who are in the heavenly kingdom focus on good actions and therefore wisdom.

from True Christianity, Volume 1, Section 251

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