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Genesis 1

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1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first Day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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Genesis 1: The Creation and Development of our Spiritual Life      

By Rev. William Woofenden

The first book of the Bible is "Genesis", which means "creation". It's a very, very ancient story - one of the oldest stories of humankind, and it's full of symbolic meaning that - still - gets to the core of what it is to be truly human.

The first three days of creation describe the development of the natural degree of man's life. They come first as a preparation for the opening of the spiritual degree of our minds. The creation of the grass, herbs, and trees took place on the third day, and constitutes the third step in regeneration. The creation of the fowl and fish was on the fifth day. Between these on the fourth day the sun, moon, and stars were created.

From the beginning man had light, for all light is from the Lord, but it was not direct light. He was not at first in the clear light of the sun, moon, and stars, which are set in the firmament. The firmament is the internal man. There is a preparation that has to be made before the internal man is opened. At first we think we see the truth and do good from ourselves. Hence only inanimate things are produced. All truth and good are from the Lord who alone is truth and goodness, and only when we come to acknowledge this can we have true love from him, true faith in Him, and true knowledge of spiritual things. These are not seen from the external or natural degree of life.

Again we should note a change of language. It was said, "Let the earth bring forth" the grass, herb, and fruit trees. Now and through the remaining days it is said that "God created." Man has a part to play in his regeneration. There must be in his mind forms into which the warmth of love and the light of faith and of spiritual truths can flow.

When the mind is so prepared, influx from the Lord can be received, with greater power. "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." It should be noted that it is the waters that are commanded to bring forth the moving creature that hath life, and that it is not the seas but the waters which are to produce the living creatures. The seas represent the gathering together of knowledges, but by the "waters" are meant the spiritual truths in the mind. So in the Lord's words to the woman of Samaria, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst" (John 4:14). In Ezekiel it is the "waters" issuing from the sanctuary that give life (Ezekiel 47:1). The Psalmist writes, "Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters" (Psalm 104:3). It is not in natural waters that the Lord lays the beams of His chambers. His chambers are the interior principles of His church; the beams give them support and strength. These are said to be laid in the waters because they rest and have their foundation in the genuine truths of the Word. So in Revelation the Word itself is described as a pure river of water of life.

The will faculty in man embraces all his affections and is the internal man. When the sun, moon, and stars—love, faith, and knowledges of spiritual truth—are set in this heaven and begin to impart their warmth and light to the external man, enabling him to think and act from these higher and purer principles, then the external man is gifted with a new life. There may be no apparent change in his outward conduct—he may already be living a moral life—but the motives that direct his acts will be wholly different. And it is the motive that gives character to the act as well as to the actor. He no longer thinks of the truths that he has learned, either natural or spiritual, as the product of his own mind nor of the good, that he does as the result of his own efforts, but thinks of them as wholly from the Lord, who alone is the source of all true light and life.

Before one recognizes clearly that all good and truth come from the Lord, he can bring forth only inanimate things, the grass, herb, and fruit tree, however good and useful these may be. But when he is enlightened by genuine love and faith, his knowledges become the basis for the development of spiritual life and God can create in him the living creatures that have life. First the fishes are created; then the fowl of the air. There is a difference between fishes and birds. The fishes, living in water, represent our affections for natural truths. The great whales, the largest of living creatures, are affections for the great general principles that control the mind. The principle may be either true or false. Of Pharaoh or Egypt it is written, "Thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou earnest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouled at their rivers" (Ezekiel 32:2) Here is pictured a ruling false principle from the natural degree of the mind — Egypt. That is, when the ruling principle is false, it will be a monster making the truths in the mind obscure like filthy or muddy waters.

Another example of the meaning of the whale in a bad sense is in the story of Jonah. When the principle is false it swallows up for a time all the truths that are in the mind. This is the whale swallowing Jonah the prophet. But Divine truth cannot be used by a false principle so as to become a part of its organic structure. Nor can the Divine truth perish. So the whale could not digest Jonah, nor could the prophet perish, but the whale vomited him up.

Spiritually there are whales trying to swallow prophets today, evil principles that try to use Divine truths to attain their ends. In the creation story, however, the whales are affections for the principles of natural truth for the sake of uses to the spiritual man. There is one source of genuine love. The creatures of the fifth day are living because they are animated by this love. Birds fly in the air above the earth. They have the power of flight and enjoy broader views. They represent affections for truth that rise above the natural. They are the thoughts that look at life from the heights of spiritual perception, ideas about the Lord, heaven, and spiritual things. Isaiah writes, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles" (Isaiah 40:31). Birds represent spiritual intelligence, the power to lift us up to understand spiritual truth in heavenly light, through which truth the Lord can impart to us something of the Divine intelligence. So at the baptism of the Lord "The heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him" (Matthew 3:16). So a new knowledge of heavenly life is given, a new perception of our possibilities, and in this higher intelligence a basis for further development is laid. This further development is pictured in the creation of the living creatures upon the earth. These are symbols of the affections. Here, too, it is said, "Let the earth bring forth" and also "And God made the beast of the earth." The creation of living animals on the earth and of man in the image and likeness of God marks the completion of the six days of creation—the six stages in regeneration. Man has first to learn what is to be believed and done and then to do it.

It is the office of the understanding to hear the Word and of the will to do it. In this way the truths are made our own, and the will and understanding make one mind. And when one begins to act from love as well as from faith, he becomes a spiritual man, who is called an image of God, and is given dominion over all things. Thus all things natural and spiritual come to be a delight to him and serviceable to him. To be an image and likeness of God one must act from impulses similar to those of God. This he cannot do until he comes into the final state of regeneration. Then he will not act from selfish motives, as does the natural man, nor from mere obedience to truth, but from love to the Lord and the neighbor. When these loves are developed and rule, to them is given the dominion over all subordinate affections and the fruits of all the growths of intelligence. These are what make man to be a man and cause him to be in the image and likeness of his Maker. Each step in the formation of a truly human character the Lord saw and pronounced good, but of the work of the sixth day it is said, "God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, ...

Apocalypse Explained 257

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 402


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 246, 300, 476, 478, 480, 670, 709, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 200, 414

Conjugial Love 132, 156

Divine Love and Wisdom 11, 18, 287, 358

Divine Providence 123, 328

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 14, 103

Heaven and Hell 137

The Last Judgement 20

True Christian Religion 20, 34, 46, 48, 364, 490


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 229, 294, 401, 513, 526, 527, 555, ...

Canons of the New Church 45

Charity 91

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 23, 25, 28

De Verbo (The Word) 14

Spiritual Experiences 1973, 1974, 5605, 6110

Marriage 20, 34, 46, 48, 71

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Bible Word Meanings

beginning
In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

created
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

heaven
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

earth
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...

form
A person who has yet to be regenerated is called 'a void and an empty earth', and also 'ground where no good or truth has...

darkness
"Darkness" is a state without light. "Light" is truth from the Lord, so "darkness" represents a state where truth is lacking. Here's a cogent passage...

Face of the deep
The face of the deep (Gen. 1:2) signifies the lust of the unregenerate man, and the falsities thence originating.

face
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

Spirit of God
'The spirit of God,' as in Genesis 1:2, signifies the divine mercy of the Lord. 'The spirit of God' is His emanation. 'The spirit of...

Face of the waters
The face of the water (Gen. 1:2) signifies the knowledges of good and truth.

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

light
In the Word, “light” in the highest sense represents Divine Truth: knowledge, ideas, understanding that come to us from the Lord. In lesser degrees...

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

good
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

called
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.

day
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

night
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

evening
Since the light and warmth of the sun represent the Lord’s wisdom and love, it makes sense that evening, a time when the light and...

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

Firmament
The firmament, as in Genesis 1, signifies the internal man. The firmament of heaven is mutual love.

midst
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

under
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

place
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

land
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

seas
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

grass
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...

herb
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...

seed
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...

fruit
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tree
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Third day
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third
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.

lights
'The two luminaries' denote love and faith in the internal self.

signs
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.

days
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

two
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

Great lights
Great lights, as in luminaries, signify love and faith, and are called in Genesis 1:14-17, the sun, moon, and stars.

great
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greater
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give
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

fourth
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

life
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

fowl
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...

fly
To fly, when spoken of the Lord, signifies to foresee and to provide. To fly, when predicated of the Lord, also signifies omnipresence. To fly...

open
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

whales
'A whale,' as in Jeremiah 51:34, signifies people who possess the universal aspects of the knowledges of faith, as known, and apply them to evil...

living
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

winged
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blessed
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fruitful
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.

multiply
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fill
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beast
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us
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image
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.

sea
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.

air
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own
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male
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male and female
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female
Female signifies good.

given
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

sixth
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

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 Animals and Plants in Heaven
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Celebrating the Seven Days of Creation
Offers a wide array of ideas for play time, art projects, field trips, and more.
Activity | Ages up to 10

 Correspondences of Light
Illustrations of three stories in the Word that talk about light. (Quotations are the King James translation.)
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Creation Chain
Make a paper chain with the names (or pictures) of the people in your family and other things that the Lord has made. Or make a paper chain that illustrates several things in creation that depend on one another. 
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Creation Diorama
A great family project to build and display in your home.
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Creation Mobile
Assemble this lovely mobile to remind you of all the Lord's precious gifts to us.
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Creation Poem with Hand Motions
A lovely poem about creation with hand motions.
Activity | Ages up to 10

 Creation | Seas to Trees Pop-up
Color cut-and-fold pop-up project showing dry land rising out of the water and then growing a tree illustrating Genesis 1:9-13. Sample activity from Creation: reflection of God, Level C, ages 11-14.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Creation Sequencing Cards
Children can color and cut out these cards, then practice putting them in order from day 1-7.
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 Creation Story (circle book project)
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Creation | The First Day - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: light and darkness game and song, separate light and darkness collage, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level A, ages 3-6.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 6

 Creation | The First Day - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: light and darkness experiment with accompanying video, let there be light folding paper project, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level B, ages 7-10.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Creation | The First Day - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: living in the dark--group blindfold games, video and discussion on the bible, creation and a can of peaches, scripted story discussion, and an illustrated quotation card. Sample Lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level C.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Family Worship: The Story of Creation
Ideas for reading and discussing the story of creation in Genesis 1. Includes suggestions for extending the experience such as going for a nature walk.
Religion Lesson | Ages 3 - 15

 God Said What? The Creation Story
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Memory Verse: Giving Thanks for Creation
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

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Activity | Ages 4 - 14

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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

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Project | Ages 9 - 14

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Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Stars
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Sun and the Fruit of Creation
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

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A Thanksgiving "wreath" to color and display.
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Thanking the Lord for Creation
How can your words and actions show the Lord that you appreciate His creation?
Activity | Ages over 15

 The Creation
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

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Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Creation: The Fifth and Sixth Days
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

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Teaching Support | Ages over 3

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Ideas from an art teacher for making a creation book or mural.
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 The Fifth Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

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A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The First Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The First Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Fourth Day of Creation
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6110. [numbered by Tr.] Various points regarding marriage and adultery
1. ) How the female is born innocence, and how the male.

How the female develops an affection for what is good, and the male an understanding of what is true.

How the female develops affection for what is true, which happens when she desires to marry, and how the male develops understanding of what is true, which happens likewise when he wants to love the female sex.

How this then grows with them both to the point that it becomes marriage, and how understanding of what is true then subordinates itself to affection for what is true, and they are united.
2. ) What the feminine and what the masculine are inwardly.

The feminine inwardly is to love her husband tenderly, but they do not want their husband to know this, consequently he is dominant; and the husbands who do not have this authority become impotent. The wives of angels said that I should not reveal this, but I said that I will reveal it because they think that this is their weakness, but it is the goodness itself of truth and the truth of good.
3. ) How two partners become a single form of love through marriage love.

The form of their bodies results from the union of their minds.

About the forms of human beings depending on the affections [they have for things] and consequently the understanding, that is to say, on what comes from (the [things] of) their love and consequently from their wisdom.

This is the image and likeness of God, Gen. [1:26].

Potency increases to the point that it becomes perpetual.
4. ) There are many reasons why the man wants his woman to show reluctance:

with certain men there is pleasure in being forceful; with some it is the result of adultery; with some it arouses sexual potency;

it stems from various causes, chiefly of a mental nature.

in the end they become like cats that tear at another cat, stand still, stare at each other, howl miserably, and secretly desire [to mate].

The women are furious that this is disclosed. They declare, as if from inward will, that they do not wish [to make love].

The reason is because potency vanishes if they do otherwise.
5. ) The mental conclusion alone that adultery is not a sin makes a person an adulterer.

From the things about this in the Doctrine of Life 1 .

Every conclusion in the mind produces an effort in body, which is the act itself.

I asked about cats, why they have such a nature. They said that in the female cat, first it is the pleasure of fighting that is aroused, and that the male cat observes this, and when it comes to an end they copulate.
6. ) I told the adulterers that in heaven one always has the ability to make love, and they said that so that they could get into heaven if they had known this in the world, they never would have lived promiscuously.

But I said that in heaven it is not allowable to love anyone except one's partner, while in hell you can commit whoredom with anyone at all. I asked, "Do you want to be in hell or heaven?" and I could not wring an answer out of them.
7. ) If a man focuses his love on his wife by fleeing adultery as a sin, then his love and its sexual ability grow daily; but if he takes [the pleasure] from this love and wastes it on whoredom, marriage love becomes like chaff and dies.
8. ) Speaking of a woman, one said that is impossible to keep on making love to one's wife, because it becomes ordinary. But angels said he was mistaken. Instead, when there is true marriage love, what is ordinary is a [garden] bed in which delights take form from what is inward, like roses in a [garden] bed, and every rose becomes a [new] bed in which inward delights are formed and varied, and this goes on to eternity.
9. ) Something like fury seizes hellish spirits when they feel the aura of marriage love؉ know from much experience.
10. ) Married partners, that is to say, marriage love, is the image and likeness itself of God. Adultery destroys it.
11. ) Hell is infuriated when [those there] perceive the aura of marriage love, [this was an] experience as it were from heaven.
12. ) Adultery is in the whole body as an effort when it is regarded as acceptable.
13. ) Every person is a particular affection given form. If it is charity, this form is angelic. What [forms] do their affections then take? They are sheep or doves.
14. ) Marriage is like the marriage of the will and understanding, or rather of affection and thought, in all things down to the very least details, because it is a marriage of good and truth.

Let the conjunction, or rather marriage, of these be compared with the marriage of sound and speech, in which this clearly can be seen:
- as for example, that speech is the form of sound, so the husband can be described as the form of his wife,
- that they are one flesh,
- that the husband must cleave to his wife,
- that the wife is the soul and life of the husband,
- or rather that she is the heart of the husband,
- but that neither knows other than that she is his, or he is hers, and that they belong to each other reciprocally and mutually,
15. ) that with women nerves are softer, that the veins are somewhat wider, that with men the arteries are stronger, that [with women] the thighs are wider, because the thighs stand for marriage love. These things may be seen in "Secrets of Heaven".
16. ) Unless there is the thought of what is eternal, that is to say, of an eternal union, she is not a wife but a concubine, and the result of thought of what is not eternal is that marriage love perishes.
17. ) The bond must be a back-and-forth one, or forward and backward, the bond back-and-forth is the wife's affection in the husband's understanding, and the husband's understanding in the wife, if it is not there, it is not marriage love, and under these circumstances it does not become eternal.

If angelic spirits in the world of spirits speak about these two things, [marriage love and eternity], the hells are stirred up, and those who are linked with the hells become as it were insane.
18. ) The wife in heaven is spiritual heat, and the husband spiritual light.
19. ) A beautiful heavenly and spiritual woman is beauty itself, that is to say, a form of beauty and goodness.

As regards all the works in the universe created by the Lord, clearly there is nothing more beautiful than a virgin.
20. ) How the life of the husband enters a wife through [her] hips, and by love.

How truth then becomes good, that is to say, how [the husband's] understanding becomes the wife's will, and at last how the husband's understanding becomes a form of the wife's affection.

Thus how it must be understood that the wife was formed from the rib of Adam, and that Adam said, she is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh, and they became one flesh, and the man must cleave to his wife [Gen. 2:23-24].
21. ) The pleasure of rape. The hell [of those who rape] is like a cadaver, why --

The pleasure of defloration, the nature of whoredom.

The pleasure of having a variety [of partners], the nature of that pleasure: they become like nasal mucus.

The pleasure of committing adultery with someone else's wife, its nature and kind.

The pleasure of a married man's whoring, its nature.

The pleasure of having a mistress before marriage, its nature. It is permitted, in what circumstances and with whom.
22. ) Marriage love is innocence itself, from [the description of] Adam.

—It is chastity itself, - from its origin, and from its correspondence, from its childlike playfulness
; it is purity itself.

There is a representation of it in caterpillars, when they become butterflies.
23. ) The reasons for divorce:
1. ) illicit sexual behavior,
2. ) desertion,
3. ) disease, etc.

Why it is not allowable to take a woman who has been divorced, in other words, clearly left [by her husband].
24. ) The beauty of a wife and virgin comes from chaste marriage love.

Wisdom comes from the man.
25. ) There is no lust in marriage love, because that is not chaste.

This is keenly felt by those who have marriage love.

Therefore there is nothing unclean in it; it is pure.

It may appear as if it is impure, but yet it is not.

The reason is that within the love of marriage lies heaven, down to its lowest aspects, and within the love of adultery lies hell; both appear alike, but yet they are not. They are not felt except by marriage love.
26. ) The apparently similar delights, it was said by the ancients, were symbolized by Cerberus, 2 who stands at the entrance and guards lest the delight of heavenly love descends into hell.
27. ) Marriage love looks unceasingly to two being one, that is to say, one flesh.

If the love in marriage does not look to this, it is the love of adultery.

They can become more a one to eternity.
28. ) A male child is truth from good in the natural person.

This truth is born from the spiritual good of a person in the natural person, and from the marriage of good and truth in the spiritual person, thus daughters and sons in the natural person are goods and truths, as may be seen in Apocalypse Revealed 543 3 .

Things about the firstborn may also be seen.

(References: 1 Peter 4:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; Ephesians 6:15-19; Genesis 2:21-24)


[29] 29) The nature of the love of the innermost friendship between them: the innermost [bond] of friendship never ceases, and it makes the pleasure of their conversation heavenly.

The distinction between this love and the love of conjunction.

The nature of the difference.

This difference is unknown to adulterers. They immediately believe that the wife wants conjunction when she says she loves her husband.
30. ) I have been told from heaven that most ancient people, who were of the heavenly nature, made marriage love the chief of all their loves, calling it the very delight of their life; and also that love for children is directly derived from it.
31. ) The nature of the love for children, which [the Greeks call] storge, in the case of those who are evil. It is that they see themselves in them, because the soul of father is in them.

This love joins partners, but how and with what difference.
32. ) A female becomes a female after death, and a male becomes a male, and the love remains mutual and reciprocal, wherefore this [marriage] cannot otherwise than continue in existence.
33. ) Before the engagement there is sometimes an exploration by the angels as to whether the love is reciprocal, otherwise this is known from the [partners] themselves, and this is from the Lord.

There are festivities when there are marriages in heaven, but with a difference in the different societies.
34. ) Control is exercised in marriage either by the husband or by the wife.

What the submissiveness is that results from excessive righteousness.

What excessive simplicity is with him or her.

What the conviction or belief is that whoredom is not a sin.
35. ) About infernal marriage, in the case of those who have a love of exercising control and are atheists.

On the part of the man there is a murderous hatred.

But still he is clearly the servant or slave of the wife so that he does not dare mutter against her will.

But [this happens] at the time when she obtains control through various things.

The reason is that the man's faculty of understanding is subject [to the wife].
36. ) They have no inward manliness or honesty; consequently they are not [truly] human.

An adulterer is unjust, unfaithful, insincere, unkind, a vow breaker, liar, immodest.

He has no inward righteousness or inward faithfulness, no inward sincerity, inward truth, inward shame, and so no inward sense of honesty and inward manliness.

What he is like inwardly, and what he is like outwardly; this then is what kind of a person he is.
37. ) It is the truth from good through which the Church has its being, and good is from the Lord; and because the Lord flows in through good into truth, it follows from this that angels, and people with whom the Church is, receive good from the Lord in truths, consequently there is a marriage of good and truth in an angel and a person.
38. ) If a person concludes that adultery is not a sin, he or she is an adulterer, because the conclusion comes from the will and at the same time from the understanding, in which there is also intention,
thus from the inward will, which is endeavor. It reigns in the whole person — the nature of the endeavor.
39. ) A conjunction of good and of truth takes place because the Lord looks on a person in the forehead, and the person looks on the Lord through the eyes. The forehead is the will's love, that is to say, good [intent], and the eyes are the understanding, and so truth.

From this it is said that a person is a recipient of love and wisdom, or of good in truth.

All angels turn the face to the Lord.

The ruling love turns all things to itself, and they follow it.
40. ) A person's spirit co-operates in acts of intercourse because what belongs to the spirit is sown at the point of the act's origin.

Nonetheless the person's spirit flows into what is earthly.

In the innermost of the person's spirit there is a conjunction of good and truth, that is to say, of pleasure that simulates good and a sense of rightness that simulates truth.

Therefore when angels and spirits are joined together — which happens in a similar way, they do not conceive or bring forth other things than those of love and wisdom, because without what is earthly there is no reproduction.
41. ) All evil lusts stem from adultery, because it is their essential form.

An adulterer, convinced that it is allowable and that he may commit it, cannot acknowledge God in his heart, nor can he be conjoined with the Lord and consequently not with heaven because his delight is entirely opposed to spiritual delight.

Finally he becomes in the highest degree sensual, carnal, and material, and he thinks and speaks from what the eye can see and the ear can hear, which is merely stored away in the memory.
42. ) Affection is the all of thought, just as sound is the all of speech, which can be known from the fact that a person's nature is the nature of his or her affection.

From this one principle can be known what thought is in its essence and life
and what chaste thought is, and unchaste thought, and what its origin is.
43. ) What is contained in sound, there are yearning desires, what comes from sound.

A person in the world has little awareness of what is in sounds, but the angels have a thorough awareness.
44. ) Love for one's partner that does not come from intercourse, as is the case with others, but intercourse comes from love for one's partner, so that the love for one's partner does [not] depend on the fire of that member, but the other way around.

Love for one's partner is full of delights beyond inter course, and is the sweetness of married life together.

Between that love apart from intercourse and intercourse itself lies a decision — just as between what a person thinks from their will, which is an intention, and the action or words, between these comes a decision, which is like the opening of the mind to action, as it were an opening of the door.
45. ) Why is not permissible to contract marriage between certain blood relatives; what harm it does, from Lev. [18:1-18].
46. ) Then, what dissolves a marriage, the reasons; fornications, why it is not allowable to marry a divorced woman.
47. ) The Popes exalt celibacy and virginity over matrimony, but for the purpose of having monks and virgins in the monasteries.

But the opposite [should be exalted].
48. ) A detailed description must be given of the state of marriage love prior to the state in which it comes to fulfillment.

The earlier state ought in all respects to precede marriage, and love [ought to develop] from that, without thought of the state following.

Then, marriage is happy and lasting, but so far as it partakes of the latter state alone, so far is
it lacking.

I heard certain ones saying that they knew nothing at all about the latter state nor thought about it when they desired a wife and saw her.

Such is the state of virgins and girls.

Such a state is chaste.
49. ) The delights of the prior state are limitless, [observed] from experience.

They come nearer and nearer to the latter state, but still do not enter it. It appears as if they open it, but yet they do not.

Between the prior the latter state there is something that may be termed a decision almost like that between thinking and willing.

The latter state contains in itself all of the prior state and all of its delights, and its delights too are limitless.

The prior state is a state of a marriage friendship which surpasses all friendship.
50. ) Those with whom the prior state [of marriage friendship] exists separate from the latter, and those with whom there are both.

Those with whom it does not exist.
51. ) What general power it has with those who are in the prior state, together and apart, and what general [power] it has with those who are only in the latter state.
52. ) Virgins who have been steeped in a piety almost to the point of a kind of melancholy become sad wives and cannot be among the happy in heaven, [I know] from experience. As a consequence those who have lived in convents [cannot].
53. ) The nature of the body of the wife and the nature of the body of the husband compared to the bodies of those in the first state, that is to say, the state before the desire for the marriage.

Compared to adulterers and adulteresses.

Compared to the bodies of young people, of adults, of elderly people.

Of what nature the same are as to their minds, that is to say, their spirits.
54. ) The pleasures and pleasantnesses of a mere touch of the hands, [or] of the lips, whenever they are thinking from love about such things from the Word as can be applied [to their relationship], from objects, from various agreeable pleasures.

They have exquisite sensations of the individual and general [states].

These arise from the delights of affection and thought and the conjunction of them, and the more exquisite the sensation, the more inward the conjunction.

There is pleasure of this kind in the conjunction of what is feminine and what is masculine because there is pleasure like this [from the conjunction] of goodness and truth.

There are yet more pleasures from the conjunction of the outer senses such as sight, hearing, smell, especially of breathing, in which countless things lie hidden, they lie hidden especially in the tone of voice itself.
55. ) Various fears on account of the wife, as for example:
1. ) that she be faulted with infertility,
2. ) that she be [faulted with] insanity and or stupidity out of disdain,
3. ) that she be a cause of disturbance,
4. ) because of arguments,
5. ) because of various reasons having to do with himself, and for various reasons having to do with his wife, such as that she may have a purse to manage as in Holland, that she may fare well in the home, so that she may eat and drink well, so that [she may be cared for] when she is sick; this appears as if he loves his wife, but it is not fear for the wife, but fear on account of the wife.

The fear belonging to marriage love, however, is fear that the wife be harmed by anything disgracefully evil. In short, he fears to do evil to it, because he loves her. This fear is the fear for the wife, and not fear on account of the wife.
56. ) Various forms of disdain for a wife. 4

Various enmities and hatreds for a wife, for various reasons. 5

Various forms of antipathy for a wife. 6
57. ) Appendix — It may be confirmed that Light becomes darkness and darkness becomes light from the fact that if man had eyes like an owl [it would become so to him].

It may be confirmed that the confirmation of falsity corresponds to that light.
58. ) The confirmation that adultery is lawful may be compared to the confirmation that light is darkness and darkness light.
59. ) Marriage in the Divine sense is the marriage of love and wisdom in God, which together make one, because love belongs to wisdom and wisdom belongs to love.

From this love comes the [marriage] of the Lord and the Church, which love is reciprocal according to the words of the Lord [John 14:20-21].

The marriage of good and truth comes from this, how; marriage is reciprocal, but it arises from good; and
there is an image and likeness of this marriage in the marriage of the two who are joined together by genuine marriage love.
60. ) The man is born so that he may be truth and the wife so that she may be good.

He turns himself, concerning which turning.

About the man, his nature at birth, and about the woman, her nature at birth.

You may see what boys' natures are, and see what girls' natures are.
61. ) In the beginning genuine marriage love is like a person being reformed and then regenerated: it inverts itself, and when it has been inverted, the love of the man goes forth from the love of the wife, and such as is hers, such is his.

The conjunction of good and truth is similar in its beginning, progression and end.

And this is what is meant by, "a man shall cleave to his wife" [Gen. 2:24].

Then affection of good plays the leading role.

In the earlier state there is also lasciviousness.

— The nature of the later state.
62. ) The reason why all want to boast that they are powerful is so that they may be esteemed, and also believed to be strong, etc.

In sveria 7 — soldiers.
63. ) How the seed is scattered through the body in every direction, is received by the soul which is in the whole body, thus in the fibers and vessels in every direction, and then it gives delight, it gives pleasure to the wife, and fills with delight.

And thus she is formed into the form of her husband; this is bone and flesh from my bone and flesh [Gen. 2:23]; how it produces intelligence in him, and how it produces impregnation.
64. ) Making love to a pregnant wife is permissible. There are many reasons why; the arguments against it are produced by the feeble; and during both impotence and adulteries.
65. ) Christian spirits cannot bear the spiritual aura of masculinity and femininity.

They cannot bear the spiritual aura of marriage love; the hells then go into a frenzy.

They cannot bear the aura of nakedness between married partners, they then also flee.

They cannot bear anything of the aura of the love from a married partner.

They turn away from the aura of what is ordinary, that is, when it becomes ordinary, or rather, when it becomes freely accessible to have intercourse with one's wife; it makes them nauseous.
66. ) Adultery with the wife of another destroys all the delight of life between husband and wife and leads to aversion for the other, and also destroys care, as mother and father, of the children, and at the same time leads to separation.

What pertains to marriage perishes.

An adulterer does not see this unless he thinks about his own wife if some adulterer were to defile her.
67. ) Evil spirits are utterly unable to bear the mental image and consequently the spiritual aura of femininity. They cry out just like those who are being tortured and flee away, experience.

But they can bear it when it is disguised by the aura or
mental image of adultery.
68. ) The finest touch produces an arousal of the inward things that are seed.

It goes into the innermost elements in the flesh as well as into the liquid components, into the animate spirits, that is, into the spiritual elements themselves. This is the origin of reproduction.

There is also at that time communication of innermost things with outermost ones, thus from first through last things.
69. ) The arousal of adulterers is an outward one, stemming from the pleasure of the touch of bodies, especially of the reproductive organs.

It is external, like one who touches in the neck and tickles.

It is called external because there is no feeling in a feather.

But with those who have a love for marriage, the delights of this love, which are the wife's when they are the man's, are communicated, the wife's [delights] flow into the feeling of the husband,
so that the very sensations and delights are mutually and alternately communicated, thus lascivious love is entirely different from marriage love.
70. ) Marriage love does not exist other than with human beings, the reasons ---
The nature of the love emulates that with animals —
71. ) About the English Lords who lure the beautiful wives of others to themselves with money, and live with them for several months and afterwards send them back.

They do the same [in the other life], and those who have lured the wives of others to themselves are immediately exposed and grievously punished.
72. ) They are punished with the punishment of laceration, which is among the most grievous. They said that after the punishments they do not know whether they are disjointed; and they lie in bed for a long time.

And if they do not desist, they are thrown into hell.

Those who desisted in the world because it is a sin desist in the other life, but those who desisted for other reasons, do not desist in the other life.
73. ) 29 Apr. 1765. I have seen, separated from societies, English Lords who in the world had enticed the beautiful wives of others and lived with them until they were no longer able. There was a multitude. They were separated and sent down into lower regions where they were examined as to whether they had afterwards ever repented and believed it to be against Divine laws.
74. ) About circumcision. It was an act symbolizing that sensual corporeal love, which is self-love, was taken away.

Why it was done with a stone knife. Because truths remove. Why it was abrogated.

For this reason when the sons of Israel entered the land of Canaan, by which is meant the spiritual Church, they were circumcised again.
75. ) Most say that when the delight of marriage becomes ordinary, it becomes worthless and as it were vanishes.

It is otherwise with those who have marriage love. With them the ordinary becomes a plane of inward delights, comparatively like a flowerbed, because it is an outward delight.

In the case of those who have lascivious love the inward elements which are lascivious leave, and virility with them, and as a result love becomes a cold from which the plane they have in common as it were dies.
76. ) With those who have a lascivious marriage, and with adulterers with whom the woman's love is not shared with the man, the man's characteristic affection then does this.

The man has a characteristic affection that does not make a one with the woman's affection, on which account both withdraw.
77. ) It is this affection that is acting, but it is quickly consumed and burned out. It is otherwise when the affection of the woman flows into the man's intellect as happens with angels of heaven. From this they have understanding in their life.
78. ) Concerning whoredom in Paul: 1 Cor. 6:15-19, 7:4; read Eph. 5:28-33, where marriage is compared to [the marriage of] Christ and the Church. 1 Thess. 4:3, 4.
79. ) Marriages are the seminary of mankind and thus the seminary of heaven.
80. ) The marriage of evil and falsity draws its origin from the marriage of good and truth through the inflow of good and truth from heaven, and then through their inversion, about which experiences are to be related.

But what its nature is, that it exists with adulterers.

An evil man feels evil as good and falsity as truth.

Consequently also they are among serpents, basilisks, mice, horned owls, screech-owls, tigers.
81. ) All things may be reduced to a marriage.

Therefore good and evil do not exist together, nor do the truth that comes from good and the falsity that comes from evil, falsity that does not come from evil can be turned through imagery to something good.
82. ) If it is only beauty that unites, and not goodness, it is adultery, and this not human except in so far as beauty is believed to stem from goodness, which is the very being of beauty.

Also, good appears in the face, [as is known] from earthly knowledge alone.

The nature of horror in genuine marriage love and in the love that is not genuine.

The nature of fear in these two.

[6110] [Lars Benzelstierna] 8

[L]B) 9 Opwigla Nordencrantz, bewist med bref ur Landtmolen Carl. til hans afnamare, om solt.

— Opwiglas Brita Behm 10 , tilstadt af henne och erkendt.

— Wistes huru med drab. Stierncrona skulle talat, som ei sa skolat bifalla om at doda mig.

— Nogot tilforene med Reutercrona, hwars sphaera af mig kiendes, som de som wille doda mig, hel starck.

— Ofwertygad med nagra prof at han dehlt i sterbhus, och giordt orett efter wenskap och mutor, utan conscience.

— Med nagra om den mo som han forgior, den han sokt, tagit for sig, tendt upp.

— Forre tiden wille lata kora ned mig pa isen, anstalt.

— Omgadz med dodande tankar, sa lenge han hollit uti, at jag haft 1/2 Starbo.

— Ofwertygad at wille ophissa Brit. Behm at om Axmars dehl begynna process.

— Hatet som han haft wistes med en Vipersoppa, som gafs mig i somnen, derest helt swart war. Sedan med en uiddwass knif wid dess sida.

[1)] Talat med froken af Falckfors at fora mig pa andra sidan sion at giora af med mig, men forgefwes.
2. ) Med Daniel om sadant, men forgefwes.
3. ) Med til en annan i Starbo by at hefwa mig i skogen.
4. ) Sokt efter mig deri men for folckets syn intet tohlas.
5. ) Haft i anslag och wilja at sticka knifwen i brostet,
6. ) Kladt sig ut in drangklader sokt efter mig sielf ute.
7. ) Taladt med den och hedt den hemma hos sig som blifwit subordinerade at taga lifwet af mig.
8. ) Hon lagt spinlar i kott, hwaraf jag gaf op galla.

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Footnotes:

1Doctrine of Life 74.

2. In Greek and Roman mythology a multi-headed hound that guards the gates of Hades.

3. Apocalypse Revealed.

4. This sentence is emphasized in the original by the symbol, "N.B." written in the margin.

5. This sentence is emphasized in the original by the symbol, "N.B." written in the margin.

6. This sentence is emphasized in the original by the symbol, "N.B." written in the margin.

7. Swedish for Sweden.

8. See footnoted information on him in passage 4851.

9. [L]B) — Instigated Nordencrantz, as proved by letter from Landtmolen [a Swedish title] Carl to his buyer, about the sale.

Brita Behm was instigated [by him, this was] admitted by her and confessed.

— It was shown how he would have talked with Lif-Drabant [Swedish cavalry captain] Stierncrona, who would not go along with killing me in this way. Somewhat before this [he had spoken] with Reutercrona, whose aura I had felt as one of those who wanted to kill me, violently.

— I am convinced by some evidence that he had distributed the estate and had done this crookedly for the sake of friendship and bribes, without conscience.

— [I am convinced] by some evidence about the girl whom he did away with, the one he had looked for, taken to himself, and enflamed.

— Some time ago he wanted to have me run over on the ice by a horse, the plan.

— He went around with murderous thoughts as long as he was convinced that I had 1/2 interest in Starbo.

— I am convinced that he had wanted to instigate Brit. Behm to begin legal proceedings about the division of Axmar.

The hatred he had was shown by viper soup he gave me in my sleep, that was very black. Afterwards [he was seen] with a sharp knife by his side.

[1)] He spoke with a woman of Falckfors about taking me to the shore on the other side of the lake to get rid of me, but in vain.
2. ) With Daniel about such things, but in vain.
3. ) With another in Starbo village to have me thrown into the woods.
4. ) He hunted for me in the forest but it was not allowable in public view.
5. ) He had in mind and wanted to stick a knife into my chest.

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[6] He dressed himself in farmhand's clothes and hunted for me himself outside.
7. ) He spoke with and entertained the one who was secretly commissioned to kill me.
6. ) She put spiders in the meat, from which I threw up bile.

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Footnotes:

10. See footnoted information regarding her in passage 5837.

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