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6557. And Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead. That this signifies the things alienated from truth and good, and a perception that the church was resuscitated, is evident from the signification of "seeing," as being to understand and perceive (see n. 2150, 2325, 2807, 3764, 3863, 4403-4421, 4567, 4723, 5400); from the representation of the sons of Jacob, who are here the "brethren," as being things alienated from truth and good (for when they desired to kill Joseph, and sold him, they represented things alienated from truth and good, which state is here signified, as is plain from their words, "Peradventure Joseph will hate us, and returning will return unto us all the evil that we rendered to him," and it is from this that they had then represented what is opposite); from the signification of "being dead," as being to be resuscitated, that is, the church (n. 3236, 3498, 3505, 4618, 4621, 6036, 6221); and from the representation of Israel, who is here the "father," as being the church (see n. 4286, 6426). Hence it is evident that by the "brethren of Joseph saw that their father was dead," is signified a perception by things alienated from truth and good that the church was resuscitated.


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