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Arcana Coelestia #668

Arcana Coelestia (Elliott translation)

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668. 'Sons' means truths and 'wives' goods. This also has been shown already at Chapter 5:4 where the phrase 'sons and daughters' is used. Here however it is 'sons and wives', for 'wives' are goods which have been joined to truths. Indeed no truth can ever be brought forth unless some good or delight exists for it to spring from. Within good and delight there is life, but not within truth apart from that which it derives from good and delight. It is from these that truth is given form and develops, even as faith, which is connected with truth, is given form by and develops out of love, which is connected with good. Truth is like light; there is no light apart from that which flows from the sun or flame. It is from these that light is given form. Truth is merely the form which good takes, and faith merely the form which love takes. The form that truth takes depends therefore on the character of its good, as does that of faith on that of its love or charity. This is the reason why 'wife' and 'wives who mean goods that have been joined to truths are meant at this point. This also is why in the next verse reference is made to pairs of all, male and female, entering the ark, for without goods joined to truths regeneration does not take place.

(References: Genesis 5:4, 6:18)

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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 701

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Sons’ wives 1


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Genesis 6:18

English: King James Version

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18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

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Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 663, 664, 665, 666, 667, 668


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 599, 604, 605, 709, 710, 711, 734, ...


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 701

Other New Christian Commentary

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