513. BEHOLD! this have we learned in the "Book
of Concealed Mystery": that the Ancient of the Ancient Ones before that He
prepared His conformations 2 (in the
equilibrium of balance) formed certain kings, collected certain kings, and
gave due proportion unto certain kings; but they only subsisted (for a time)
until He could expel them; and in that time hath He concealed them.
514. This is intimated in those words,
Gen. xxxvi. 31: "And these are the kings which have reigned in ADVM, 3
Edom." In the land of Edom; that is, in the place wherein all judgments
515. But all these subsisted not until the
White Head 1 of the Ancient of the Ancient Ones
was disposed (in its ordination).
516. When this was conformed, He disposed all
the inferior conformations, and all the superior and inferior forms were thus
517. Thence we learn that unless the head (or
ruling power, or government) of a nation, whatever form of government it
may happen to be, be first properly constituted, that nation cannot be
properly ruled. For if the head be first disposed aright, then all things can
be ordained, but if that be not first disposed aright, neither can the nation
be governed aright.
518. The ordering of all things is from the
Ancient of Days. For before that He was disposed in His conformation, nothing
could be ordained, because as yet it was first necessary that Himself 2
should be ordained; and all the worlds were desolate.
519. Which these words intimate, ibid.
32: "And there reigned in Edom Bela, the son of Beor."
520. "And there reigned in Edom." Here is a
certain venerable Arcanum hidden; for herein is that place intimated wherein
all the judgments are collected together, and whence they depend.
521. "Bela, the son of Beor." This is the
tradition. This denoteth the most rigorous judicial decree, for whose cause
there are collected together a thousand times a thousand authors of mourning
522. "And the name of his city is Dinhabah."
What is DNHBH, Dinhabah? As if it were to be said, "Give forth
judgment." Like as it is written, Prov. xxx. 15: "The horse-leech hath two
daughters, crying, 'Give, give.'"
523. But when he ascendeth, so that he may be
conformed therein, he cannot subsist and he cannot consist. Wherefore? Because
the form of the man is not as yet constituted.
524. What is the reason of this? Because the
constitution of man containeth all things under this form, and in that form
are all things disposed.
525. And because that constitution of Adam was
not as yet found, they (the Edomite Kings) could not subsist, nor be
conformed, and they were destroyed.
526. Have they then been abolished, and are all
these included in (the supernal) man? For truly they were abolished
that they might be withdrawn from form, until there should come forth the
representation of Adam.
527. But when that form is configurated, they
all exist, and have been restored in another condition.
529. Some among them are mitigated, and (some)
are not mitigated; but evidently there are certain of them which have not been
529. And if thou shalt say: "Also it is
written, 'and he died,' surely that denoteth that they were altogether
abolished." I answer that it is not so; but whosoever descendeth from his
former position wherein he was before, concerning such an one is it said in
Scripture that he died.
530. Like as it is written, Exod. ii. 23: "And
the King of Egypt died." Because he descended from the former condition
wherein he was.
531. But after that Adam was constituted they
are called by other names, and are mitigated in a permanent condition through
him; and they exist in their place, and are all called by other names and not
by their former (appellations).
532. Excepting that one 1
concerning whom it is written, Gen. xxxvi. 39: "And the name of his wife
was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the
daughter of Mezahab.
533. For what reason? Because they were not
abolished like the others. Wherefore? Because they were male and female, like
as the palm-tree, which groweth not unless there be both male and female.
534. And because now they are found male and
female, and it is not written concerning them that they died like as the
others, but remained in a fixed condition.
535. But they were not (definitely composed)
until the form of the man was composed (that is, the supernal man). But
after that the form of the supernal Adam was constituted, they were restored
in another condition, and came in proper order.
brings in the subject of the worlds of unbalanced force which are said by the
Zohar to have been created and destroyed prior to the creation of the present
world. These worlds of unbalanced force are typified by the Edomite kings.
174:2 As the
Sephiroth proceed each from the preceding one in the series, it is evident
that before the counterbalancing Sephira is formed. the force in the preceding
Sephira is unbalanced; e.g., the fourth Sephira is Gedulah or Chesed,
Mercy, and the fifth Sephira is Geburah or Pachad, Sternness; therefore, till
Geburah appears, Gedulah is unbalanced, and this condition is the reign of one
of the Edomite kings: but when Geburah appears, his reign is over.
174:3 ADVM =
1 + 4 + 6 + 40 = 51 = NA = Failure. AN = also 51, and means pain. Ergo,
also unbalanced force is the source alike of failure and of pain.
is another title of the Crown, Kether. the first Sephira. (See Introduction.)
Because He is the Absolute One, the Eheieh Asher Eheieh.
Chapter XXVII: Concerning the Skull of Microprosopus and its Appurtenances;
Namely, Concerning the Subtle Air, and the Fire and the Dew.