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By Alexander Payne
Verse 3. It comes to pass in this state, when the period of temptations which precedes the commencement of the regenerate life is nearly completed [Note.—The number forty signifies temptations. (See AC Index, "Numbers.")], and when a new order of things is being planted in the soul, that the minds of those regenerating receive these instructions by means of Divine truth from the Lord out of heaven.