Full Chapter Deuteronomy 1:2 →
By Alexander Payne
Verse 1. These are the instructions given by Divine truth for all those who are regenerating before they have entered into the heavenly state, and while the soul still suffers from a defect of true spiritual life, and is in externals, though in sound doctrine after it has been delivered from the falses of evil (Red Sea) by the power of the Lord, and entered into the first state of spiritual love (or the love of genuine truth) after victory in temptation (Paran), and is in a state midway between worldly and heavenly affections and thoughts. (See Arcana Coelestia 1676.) [Note.—The meaning of some of the proper names in this verse is obscure as they do not occur elsewhere; it must be gathered from the context. The person Laban indicates the good in which man is held while worldly and heavenly affections are both entertained by him (Arcana Coelestia 4063, 4145).