Verses 1, 2, 3. That instruction from the Word ought to be attended to, without regard to the persons or characters of those who teach it.
Verse 3, latter part. Nevertheless the examples of those who teach, and do not live accordingly, are not to be followed, because they are in the knowledge of truth without the love of it.
Verse 4. And thus, though they lead others into spiritual infestations by what they teach, yet they do not assist them in removing those infestations.
Verse 5. For they teach only for the sake of human reputation, and therefore speak truths magnificently, and do works in externals that they may be seen.
Verses 6, 7. And seek pre-eminence in the communication of good, and truth, and natural science, and to be thought better and wiser than others.
Verse 8. Whereas no man ought to exalt himself above others in his knowledge, but to confess that all the truth he possesses is from the Divine Truth, which is willing to impart itself alike to all.
Verse 9. Neither ought any one to be exalted on account of the good belonging to him, since all good is from the Divine Good of the Lord.
Verse 10. Neither ought he to be exalted on account of science, since all science is from the Divine Truth.
Verse 11. But they who excel others in what is good and true, ought to impart good and truth to others, out of pure love.
Verse 12. Since they who are in self-exaltation, deprive themselves of all good, whereas they who renounce self-exaltation, come into the possession of all good.
Verse 13. They therefore who are in the knowledge of truth separate from the life, are in external worship separate from internal, which is cursed, because they neither enter themselves into the life of heaven, nor encourage others to enter.
Verse 14. And because they deprive those of truths who desire truths, and teach them falsities, when yet they make a show of teaching them truths.
Verse 15. And because in pretending to convert mankind to what is true and good, they confirm them the more in falsities and evils.
Verses 16, 17, 18, 19. All such false teachers therefore are accursed, who seek to confirm themselves in truth and good by the external things of worship, more than by the Lord's Divine Humanity, from which all the good and truth of worship proceed, and which therefore alone sanctifies worship.
Verse 20. For the Divine Humanity of the Lord, as to good, is the continent of all good.
Verse 21. And the Divine Humanity of the Lord, as to truth, is the continent of all truth.
Verse 22. And the recipients of truth and good are the recipients of Truth Divine and of Good Divine.
Verse 23. That they also are accursed, who are scrupulously exact about the external things of the church, or such as relate to the mere science of truth, whilst at the same time they are negligent of the internal things of the church, or such as relate to love to God, to charity towards the neighbour, and to the wisdom of such love and charity.
Verses 23, 24. Whereas both internal and external things ought to be joined together, by exalting the former above the latter, since to act otherwise obstructs the light of truth, so that small falsities are indeed seen, but great ones are not seen.
Verse 25. That they also are accursed, who regulate the outward man by semblances of civil and moral life, without attending to the regulation of the inner man by the laws of spiritual life, leading to shun evils as sins against God.
Verse 26. Whereas the interiors of the will and thought ought first to be purified from evils and falsities by the admission of spiritual goods and truths, and then the exteriors, which are the works and the speech, would be thereby purified.
Verses 27, 28. Otherwise evils are only made externally to appear like goods, and falsities like truths, when yet internally they are evils and falsities from hell.
Verses 29, 30. And thus all truth perishes under what is false, and all good under what is evil, and yet the perpetrators of this mischief are not aware of the spiritual murder which they commit.
Verses 31, 32. When yet their own deeds testify, if they could discern, that their understandings are formed of mere falsities destructive of truths, and that those falsities are filled with evils.
Verse 33. Thus they are mere deceit and cruelty combined, which are altogether infernal, and in connection with hell.
Verse 34. And which extinguish every truth of doctrine, and destroy every good of doctrine and pervert the Word, and wander from one false of doctrine to another.
Verses 35, 36. And thus adulterate all the good, and falsify all the truth of the church by all manner of rejection of the Lord.
Verse 37. When yet the Lord in Divine Mercy is willing to conjoin truth to good in every one, and thereby to conjoin every one to Himself.
Verse 38. But man, from his unwillingness to comply with the Divine purpose, deprives himself of all good and truth.
Verse 39. Since none can have his understanding opened to the light of spiritual truth, unless his will be first disposed to exalt the Divine Humanity of the Lord, and whatever proceeds from Him.