GGJ04-171

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Chapter 171 - Simon explains some of the verses of the Song of Solomon.

171,1. I say: “Quite excellent! If I Myself were to have explained to you and all the others the meaning of the verses of the Song of Songs and made comparisons with My words of warning on the mountain, I would even have chosen exactly the same words. You have therefore explained the subject matter to My full satisfaction. However, as you have become an expert in interpreting the Song of Songs, you could perhaps also attempt another few verses from the first chapter! Or is there someone else among you who wishes to try?”

171,2. Everyone says: “Lord, we are still not capable of the task, even though it seems to us that we are up to it!”

171,3. Simon says: “My Lord, I am now fully confident; I suddenly grasp it all very well and quite correctly!

171,4. A further verse is: ‘I am black, but comely, you daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the carpets of Solomon.’ This translated to our own tongue can mean nothing else than: ‘I, the Lord, am now in this world with you blind and frequently arrogant people. I am not recognized by most and deeply despised by your lofty world, but within Myself I am still full of the deep-seated meekness and gentleness, patience and love towards you daughters of Jerusalem!’

171,5. Who are the daughters of Jerusalem? They are the arrogance, pride, lust for domination and avarice of the descendants of Abraham; these are the bejewelled daughters of Jerusalem. However, the despised, the black – to them - Lord who went before, the first human of all humans, was still merciful and benevolent and is more loveable and loving than the tents of Kedar (Kai-darz), which look wretched from the outside but are however on the inside filled with treasures in abundance destined to be distributed to the deserving poor and to those suffering hardship. They are also even lovelier than Solomon’s most valuable carpets, with their outer skin covered by a dark-grey, rough material, but with the underlay and body made from precious Indian silk, interwoven with the finest gold.

171,6. It then goes on: ‘Do not look at how black I am (to you daughters of Jerusalem) as the sun (your worldly pride) has burned me (in front of your haughty worldly faces)! My mother’s children are angry with me.’ What else can Your mother be within You, My Lord, except Your everlasting wisdom, just as Your Father within You is Your everlasting Love? Your mother is also like Your everlasting order, whose angry children fill with You the everlasting infinity of space, My Lord, and rage against the great disorder among the children of Israel.

171,7. This holy order ‘was made the keeper of the vineyard’, which means: Your will in unison with all Your powers from Heaven, has handed down this order to mankind in the form of laws, intended to ensure that the vineyards, which are the communities of mankind, comply with the ordinances of Heaven.

171,8. ‘But I have not kept my own vineyard!’ This means: ‘My everlasting, divine, inaccessible heights and depths I have left unprotected’, - and this is hopefully for everyone the most solid proof of Your highly accessible presence here. You have left Your highest, most inaccessible and brightest Heaven, to appear here with the utmost humility, thus appearing to be black to the children of this earth, in order to guide the deserving poor to Your chamber, the true tent of Kedar. – Tell me, My Lord, if I have also interpreted the next two verses correctly, as you requested!

171,9. I say: “Quite correct; therefore give us also your explanation of the sixth verse to add to the other five!”

171,10. Simon says: “I offer You my total love and my innermost gratitude in that You, My Lord, have considered me worthy, young though I am, to disclose by Your mercy and love for those who love You, the deep secrets which, from the time they were written down have, have never before been fathomed by anyone. Your gracious gesture makes my soul rejoice beyond measure. Nevertheless, there is no arrogance in my joy; on the contrary I am becoming increasingly humble, the more I recognize and understand that You are everything and I am absolutely nothing. You, My Lord, are aware that I am always blessed with good humour, a trait which the delightful wine enhances. Therefore in clarifying the required sixth verse I can not do otherwise, however serious it may be, than add a touch of humour to my words!”

171,11. I say: “Speak out as your heart dictates and without biting your tongue!”

171,12. Simon proceeds: “If Solomon or his soul with its surfeit of wisdom, were to have had the opportunity to be present in our midst, he would surely not have penned the sixth verse as in it he says: ‘Tell me, you, who my soul loves, where you are feeding, where you are resting at noon, so that I do not have to move to and fro between the flocks of your companions!’ In that case Solomon and through him the soul of his people would have found You tending Your sheep in the morning, at midday, in the evening and even at midnight - therefore always active and not making just one stop at noon!

171,13. I mean by that the everlasting midday of Your rest - which is that infinitely long period of time when You were not among the people as You are now, but have left them to Your associates who became increasingly stupid and arrogant – that time is now past and a new and everlasting dawn of life has broken. Those who have now recognized you, will surely never again search for you by going back and forth among Your now very stupid and lazy associates.

171,14. What do You think, My Lord? Did I at least to some extent touch on the right meaning?”

171,15. I say: “Completely, despite the touches of humour which you have added here and there quite appropriately! As we have also seen that Solomon’s Song of Songs can be unravelled and that you, Simon, have yourself formed a totally different opinion, your mentor, Gabi, should tell be able to tell us something interesting. I would actually like to hear from his own mouth the reason why he regarded the Song of Songs so highly - without having the slightest idea of its meaning! - Gabi, speak up therefore and tell us something!”

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