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Arcana Coelestia #9184

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9184. 'He shall surely endow her to be his wife' means a token of consent on his side to a rightful joining together. This is clear from the meaning of 'a dowry' and 'endowing' as a token of consent, dealt with in 4456; and from the meaning of 'to be a wife' as to establish a rightful joining together, for taking a woman to be his wife means being rightfully joined to her. In the spiritual sense a wrongful joining together exists when truth is joined to an affection that springs from a delight in gain or from a delight in the attainment of important positions; this kind of affection is present in people if they learn the Church's truths for the sake of those delights. Yet that joining together does no harm to those who later on are regenerated by the Lord, since those affections remain with them, but become subordinate to and serve an affection for truth learned for the sake of the good that belongs to useful service and to life. Those earlier affections occupy the last place, though they were seen previously to occupy the first. For when a person is being regenerated the order of his life is turned around, and in this way a wrongful joining together is turned into a rightful one.

[2] The reason why this change in a person can come about is that the truths of faith enter by way of hearing, thus through the external man, and the external man has no taste for anything except things of the world and of self, that is, delights that arise from gain and important positions. But when the internal man has been opened through regeneration, good flows in from the Lord by way of the internal man, and that good adopts and joins to itself the truths of faith which have entered through the external man. The more they are joined together, the more order is turned around, that is, what has been occupying the first place is now put in the last. When this happens the Lord draws towards Himself all aspects of life within a person, so that they face upwards. Then those things that are the Lord's and heaven's are seen by the person as ends, and the Lord Himself as the end of all ends, while the former things, the delights that go with gain and important positions, are seen as means to that end. It is well known that the means have their life solely from the end in view, and without that end have no life. Thus when the delights that go with gain and important positions have become the means the life they have is the life that comes from heaven, that is, from the Lord by way of heaven, the end for the sake of which they exist being the Lord. When the order of life in a person is like this, gain and important positions are a blessing to him; but if that order is turned around they are a curse to him. The truth that all things are a blessing when heavenly order exists in a person is the Lord's teaching in Matthew,

Seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

(References: Exodus 22:16)

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Arcana Coelestia 9185, 9186


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Apocalypse Explained 946


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Matthew 6:33

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33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Verses 1, 2. That good ought to be done from the love of good, and not with a view to please men, otherwise the love of God is not in it, neither true blessedness.

Verse 3. That it ought to be done from the Lord, and not from self.

Verse 4. That good thus done brings its own reward from the Divine Good in which it originates.

Verse 5. That truth, in like manner, ought to be spoken from the love of truth, and not to please men, because in this latter case it brings no delight along with it but what arises from human glory.

Verse 6. That it ought to be spoken from the will of good, separated from evil, and opened to the Divine Good; in which case it is accepting of the blessedness of that good.

Verses 7, 8. That in speaking the truth before the Divine, in supplication, the expressions are not attended to, but the affections and thoughts in the expressions.

Verse 9. Which affections and thoughts ought to be open inwards to the reception of the Divine Good, and to acknowledge the Divine Humanity of the Lord to be that good.

Verse 10. And to receive thence Truth Divine, that so the external man may be conformable to the internal.

Verse 11. And thus to incorporate the heavenly goods and truths of the Word continually into the life.

Verse 12. And to give them back again to the Lord, in devout acknowledgement that they are His gifts.

Verse 13. Confessing that the Lord alone defends man under all assaults of evil spirits, and finally delivers him from their power, whilst he acknowledges in true humiliation that all good and truth are from the Lord alone, and nothing from man.

Verses 14, 16. That the Lord separates evil from man, in proportion as man is in the will that it may be separated, but not otherwise.

Verses 16-18. That a defect of truth and good ought not to induce external sadness and severity, but should lead to internal sanctification and purity; in which latter case heavenly good is presently communicated, and heavenly joy succeeds.

Verse 19. That the knowledges of good and truth ought not to be stored up in the external memory only, or in the natural understanding only, because in that case, not being incorporated into the life, they may be taken away and lost.

Verse 20. But they ought to be stored up in the internal man, by influencing the will and its love, in which case they cannot perish, being incorporated into the life.

Verse 21. That the state of the will and its love depends upon the state of its reception of the knowledges of good and truth.

Verse 22. That if the understanding of truth be grounded in the will of good, man becomes enlightened with true wisdom in all things belonging to salvation.

Verse 23. But it is otherwise, if the understanding of truth be grounded in the love of evil, for in this case truth is falsified, which is a worse state than that of mere ignorance.

Verse 24. That man cannot be principled at the same time both in good and evil, or in love to the Lord and self-love; for one must be the ruling love, and the other must serve.

Verse 25. That the good of love with its intelligence, and all the truths of faith, are continually provided for man by the Lord.

Verse 26. That all things of spiritual intelligence are continually nourished by good from the Lord, without any care of their own, much more the things of celestial love.

Verse 27. And that man cannot give increase to that intelligence and love by any care of his own separate from the Divine Providence.

Verse 28. That in like manner all inferior truths are provided of the Lord.

Verse 29. And that in them is contained Divine Truth and Good.

Verse 30. That if the Lord's Divine Providence thus extends to the lowest things and principles in the regenerate life, how much more to the higher?

Verse 31. That therefore man ought to depend upon the Divine Providence for sustenance in all degrees of his life, and not to trust to his own prudence.

Verse 32. That the unregenerate are more solicitous about external or natural life, than about internal or spiritual life, when yet the Lord wills that external or natural life, and the things thereof, should administer to internal or spiritual life.

Verse 33. That therefore spiritual truth and good ought to be exalted above natural; in which case both are preserved.

Verse 34. That man ought thus to love at all times under the protection and blessing of the Divine Providence of the Lord, and free from care and anxiety.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 1, 1839, 5449, 8478, 9184

Heaven and Hell 64, 281

True Christian Religion 416


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 683, 1193

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