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Arcana Coelestia #8857

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8857. It is similar with love to the Lord. When that love is dominant it is present in every aspect of his life, as when he loves his monarch or loves his parent. While he is in their presence love towards them shines from every part of his face, is heard in every syllable of his speech, and is apparent in every one of his gestures. This is how to understand the command 1 to have the Lord unceasingly before one's eyes and to love Him above all, with all one's soul and all one's heart.


1Deuteronomy 6:5, 8


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Inbound References:

Arcana Coelestia 8865, 8886, 9286, 9394, 9410, 9832

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 183, 276

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 904

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Deuteronomy 6:5

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5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

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Explanation of Deuteronomy 6      

By Alexander Payne

Verses 1-3. The Law is given that the soul may keep it* and thereby attain eternal life. * This looks like a self-evident proposition, but there are some modern theories, misnamed evangelical, which would seem rather to indicate that the Law was given to prove to the soul that it could not be kept, in direct contradiction to the Lord's own words Matthew 5:17-20; 19:17, and elsewhere.

Verses 4-15. The primary commandment of the Law is that there is but one LORD, who must be enthroned as the central object of love and worship in the soul (Mark 12:29-30).

Verses 16-25. Divine Providence must not be murmured against, for all its dealings are constantly directed for the good of the soul to lead it to heaven: it only remains for the regenerate to carry out the Divine commands.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 396, 1038, 2225, 2921, 2930, 7847, 9050, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 347, 681

Conjugial Love 315

Divine Love and Wisdom 282

Doctrine of the Lord 45

True Christian Religion 81, 297, 369, 697

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 427, 750, 785, 838

Divine Wisdom 6

Marriage 81

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