From Swedenborg's Works


Marriage #0

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I. A human being, both male and female, is born to be an image and a likeness of God,1-5.

From the Word,1.

The image of God is love and wisdom, and the likeness of God is the form of each, which is the human form or a human being,2-4.

All parts of the body, which are to be enumerated, and all parts of the mind together make up the human form, and nothing must be lacking from them; they are the form of love and wisdom,2.

In order that there may be a form of love and wisdom nothing must be lacking,3 and God is in that form, because he is Divine Love and Wisdom,4.

A person's will is an organ for the reception of love and everything connected with it, and his understanding is an organ for the reception of wisdom and everything connected with it,5.

II. Woman is created to be an image of love, and man is created to be an image of wisdom,6-13

Every individual is an image of both love and wisdom, but is as he or she is as the result of the predominance [of one characteristic],6.

Love and wisdom, good and truth, affection and thought, and will and understanding are all the same,7.

Such is the difference between woman and man,8.

This is unknown in the world; why;9.

Woman is described as being an image of love or affection for good,10.

Man is described as being an image of wisdom or understanding of truth,11.

A confirmation from experience in a street where there were boys and girls,12.that it is so.

III. The marriage of love and wisdom, that is, good and truth is the actual origin of marriage between man and wife, that is, in an and woman,14.

It is called a marriage of good and truth from which marriages proceed, because good and truth are very general words,14.

They are called husband and wife, and man and woman, because by husband and wife is meant the wisdom of love and the love of wisdom; and by man is meant the truth of good, by woman the good of truth.

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From Swedenborg's Works


Marriage #4

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4. Truly conjugial love contains no lasciviousness at all

Those who do not know what truly conjugial love is, and are not in that state, may think that it cannot exist without lasciviousness. However, there is as big a gap between them as there is between heaven and hell. For the pleasure may appear externally the same, but all externals get their quality and essence from internals; and the internal of conjugial love is from the Lord, and by this means from heaven, and from all its pleasantness and happiness. But the internal of lasciviousness or adultery is from the devil, and so from hell, and from all its unpleasantness and unhappiness. Every external gets its essence from internals, and consequently so does the external of conjugial love, and so does the external of adultery, and these are not alike. The external of conjugial love is full of all the delights of heaven, and the pleasure of heaven which is in that love casts out all the pleasure of hell. Thus those two which are in outward form pleasures are totally different as the result of their internals. The angels also clearly perceive from the sphere of love of two married persons whether it contains any lasciviousness; and in accordance with its quality and quantity they move away from them. The reason angels move away so far is that the lasciviousness of adultery communicates with the hells, but the chastity of marriage with heaven.

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