6179. Put I pray thy hand under my thigh. That this signifies a sacred binding, is evident from the signification of "putting the hand under the thigh," as being a binding, with all power, by means of that which belongs to conjugial love; for by the "hand" is signified power (see n. 878, 3091, 4931-4937, 5328, 5544), and by the "thigh" that which is of conjugial love (n. 3021, 4277, 4280, 4575, 5050-5062). In the supreme sense the conjugial is the union of the Divine and the Divine Human In the Lord; and from this it is the union of the Divine good and the Divine truth in heaven; for that which proceeds from the Lord is the Divine truth from the Divine good. From this, heaven is heaven, and is called a "marriage," for it is the conjunction of the good and the truth there, which proceed from the Lord, that makes it. And as the Lord is the good there, and heaven is the truth thence derived, therefore in the Word the Lord is called the "bridegroom," and heaven and also the church are called the "bride;" for good and truth make a marriage, and their conjunction is what is meant by the conjugial. Hence it is plain how sacred a thing it was to be bound by means of what is conjugial, which was signified by "putting the hand under the thigh." From this marriage of good and truth descends genuine conjugial love, In regard to which and its sanctity see what was said above (n. 2727-2759).