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Arcana Coelestia #8478

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8478. 'Let no one leave any of it until the morning' means that they must not be anxious to acquire it of themselves. This is clear from the fact that the manna was given every morning and that worms bred in what was left over, meaning that the Lord provides people's requirements every day and that for this reason they ought not to be anxious to acquire them of themselves. The same thing is meant by daily bread in the Lord's Prayer and also by the Lord's words in Matthew,

Do not be anxious for your soul, what you are going to eat or what you are going to drink, nor for your body, what you are going to put on. Why be anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin. Do not therefore be anxious, so that you say, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For all these things the gentiles seek. Does not your heavenly Father know that you have need of all these things? Seek first the kingdom of God 1 and its righteousness, then all these things will be added to you. Do not therefore be anxious about the morrow; for the morrow will take care of the things that belong to it. Matthew 6:25-end.

Similar words occur in Luke 12:11-12, 22-31.

(References: Matthew 6:11, 6:25-34, Matthew 6:26, 6:28, 6:31-34)

[2] The present verse and the one that follows refer in the internal sense to concern for the morrow, a concern which was not only forbidden but also condemned. The forbiddance of it is meant by their being told not to leave any of the manna till the morning, and the condemnation of it is meant by worms breeding in any they did leave and its becoming putrid. Anyone who does not view the matter from anywhere beyond the sense of the letter may think that all concern for the morrow is to be avoided, which being so, people should then await their requirements every day from heaven. But a person who views it from a position deeper than the literal meaning, that is, who views it from the internal sense, may recognize what concern for the morrow is used to mean - not concern to obtain food and clothing for oneself, and also resources for the future; for it is not contrary to order to make provision for oneself and one's dependents. But people are concerned about the morrow when they are not content with their lot, do not trust in God but in themselves, and have solely worldly and earthly things in view, not heavenly ones. These people are ruled completely by anxiety over the future, and by the desire to possess all things and exercise control over all other people. That desire is kindled and grows greater and greater, till at length it is beyond all measure. They grieve if they do not realize the objects of their desires, and they are distressed at the loss of them. Nor can they find consolation, for in times of loss they are angry with the Divine. They reject Him together with all belief, and curse themselves. This is what those concerned for the morrow are like.

[3] Those who trust in the Divine are altogether different. Though concerned about the morrow, yet are they unconcerned, in that they are not anxious, let alone worried, when they give thought to the morrow. They remain even-tempered whether or not they realize desires, and they do not grieve over loss; they are content with their lot. If they become wealthy they do not become infatuated with wealth; if they are promoted to important positions they do not consider themselves worthier than others. If they become poor they are not made miserable either; if lowly in status they do not feel downcast. They know that for those who trust in the Divine all things are moving towards an everlasting state of happiness, and that no matter what happens at any time to them, it contributes to that state.

[4] It should be recognized that Divine providence is overall, that is, it is present within the smallest details of all, and that people in the stream of providence are being carried along constantly towards happier things, whatever appearance the means may present. Those in the stream of providence are people who trust in the Divine and ascribe everything to Him. But those not in the stream of providence are people who trust in themselves alone and attribute everything to themselves; theirs is a contrary outlook, for they take providence away from the Divine and claim it as their own. It should be recognized also that to the extent that anyone is in the stream of providence he is in a state of peace; and to the extent that anyone is in a state of peace by virtue of the good of faith, he is in Divine providence. These alone know and believe that the Lord's Divine providence resides within every single thing, indeed within the smallest details of all, as has also been shown in 1919 (end), 4329, 5122 (end), 5894 (end), 6058, 6481-6486, 6490, 7004, 7007, as well as that Divine providence has what is eternal in view, 6491.

[5] Those with the contrary outlook are scarcely willing to allow any mention of providence. Instead they put every single thing down to prudence; and what they do not put down to prudence they put down to fortune or to chance. Some put it down to fate, which they do not ascribe to the Divine but to natural forces. They call those people simple who do not attribute all things to themselves or to natural forces. From all this one may again see what those people are like who are concerned for the morrow, and what those are like who are not concerned for the morrow.


1. The Latin means the heavens but the Greek means God, which Swedenborg has in most other places where he quotes this verse.


(References: Exodus 16:19; Matthew 6:25-34)

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Luke 12:22-31

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22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Verses 1-2. That hypocrisy in spiritual things out especially to be shunned, since every evil of life, and every false principle of doctrine, must, sooner or later, be detected.

Verse 3. And the truth, which was in obscurity, will be perceived in brightness, and the good, which was received in obedience, will be made sensible in will's love.

Verses 4-5. Therefore none ought to cherish natural fear, but spiritual fear, lest by evils of life and falsities of doctrine they should avert the Divine love in themselves, and thereby hurt it.

Verses 6-7. Since all and singular things belonging to man's intellectual principle are under the view and protection of the Lord ; how much more so the things of charity and faith!

Verse 8. That whoever has communication and conjunction by faith and love with the Lord's Divine Human principle, has communication and conjunction at the same time with the essential Divine principle.

Verse 9. But whoever has not conjunction by faith and love with the Lord's Divine Human principle, cannot have any conjunction with the essential Divine principle.

Verse 10. Such conjunction however does not imply that man does not interpret the sense of the letter of the Word according to appearances, but it implies that he does not deny the Divine Truth proceeding from the Lord's Divine Human principle, and also that he does not adulterate its essential goods, and falsify its essential truths.

Verses 11-12. Nevertheless it is expedient that man should testify concerning the Lord's Divine Human principle, notwithstanding all opposition of evils and falsities, since in such testimony he will be instructed and confirmed by Divine Truth proceeding from Divine Good.

Verses 13-15. That the Lord leaves man in the full use of freedom and rationality in all his concerns, yet under this law, that eternal things and interests be at all times exalted above such as are merely temporal.

Verses 16-22. For temporal things and interests, if separated from eternal, cannot profit man.

Verses 17-19. Whatsoever may be their abundance, and in whatever degree they may excite natural delight.

Verse 20. Since they cease to be his property when the soul is separated from the material body.

Verse 21. And that this is the case with all knowledge, if it be received only in self love, and not submitted to the guidance and government of the Divine Love.

Verses 22-23. Which love with its intelligence, and all the truths of faith, are continually provided for man by the Lord.

Verse 24. Insomuch that the rational principle of man is under the Lord's auspices, much more therefore the principles of spiritual and celestial life.

Verses 25-26. So that man cannot give increase to intelligence and love by any care of his own, separate from the Divine providence.

Verse 27. Which, in like manner, provides all inferior truths, replenishing them with Divine Truth and Good.

Verse 28. If then the Lord's providence thus extends to the lowest things and principles of regenerate life, how much more to the higher!

Verses 29-30. Man therefore ought to depend on the Divine providence for sustenance in all degrees of his life, more than on his own prudence, and not to be as the unregenerate, who are more solicitous about external or natural life than about internal or spiritual life, when yet the former life ought to administer to the latter.

Verse 31. And thus spiritual truth and good ought to be exulted above natural, in which case both are preserved.

Verses 32-33. And the spiritual man ought not to be subject to fear like the natural man, but to alienate from himself the things proper to himself, which are nothing but evils and falsities, that so he may receive goods and truths from the Lord.

Verse 34. For such as is man's reception of goods and truths, such will be the elevation of his will or love.

Verses 35-36. The good of love therefore, and the truths of faith ought to be exalted in man's will and understanding above all other things, that so he may live at all times under the Lord's Divine influence, and enjoy continual communion with him.

Verses 37-38. In which case he will be gifted by the Lord with every good, and will have conjunction with the Lord in every state of intelligence and wisdom.

Verse 39. And will not be deprived of good and truth by any secret machinations of false principles from beneath.

Verse 40. But will at all times submit himself to the guidance of good and truth, which. flow in perpetually from the Lord.

Verses 41-45. Until he discovers that those principles are in connection with the Divine Human principle of the Lord, and have thence dominion over all inferior principles.

Verses 45-46. That a contrary lot is the portion of those who are not attentive to Divine influence, and who therefore pervert all truths and their affections, and appropriate to themselves evils and falsities, and thus separate themselves from conjunction of life with heaven and the Lord.

Verses 47-48. Therefore it is better not to know truths, and especially not to acknowledge them, than to know and acknowledge, and yet not to live accordingly.

Verses 49-54. That Truth Divine from the Lord's Divine Human principle, combating against evils and falsities, is intended to make manifest the disagreement between the internal and external man, and that therefore man must undergo temptation-combats, before the disagreement can be removed, and internal peace restored.

Verses 54-55. For every coming of the Lord is attended with an influx of Divine Truth and Divine Good, and from this influx arise contentions and combats against what is false and evil.

Verse 56. Yet this influx and its effects are not attended to, by reason of the blindness induced by falsities.

Verse 57. When nevertheless man is endowed by the Lord with the capacity of attending to it.

Verses 58-59. And therefore in all states of spiritual combat, he ought to consider whence it arises, and so to put his whole trust in the Lord, that he may escape condemnation and spiritual imprisonment.

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