Deuteronomy 19:21



21 And thine eye shall not spare: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

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Ni Alexander Payne

Verse 21. (In these self-examinations) the understanding, and perception given to the soul shall not permit itself to be biassed in favour of anything that is false by the unregenerate will: what is destructive of spiritual life shall be utterly destroyed out of the soul; what dims the perception of truth shall be accounted as false; what destroys the exterior understanding of truth shall be accounted a falsity proceeding from the sensual principle; any principle that destroys spiritual truth in act must be accounted destitute of spiritual truth; and anything that destroys natural truth will lose the perception of natural truth (according to the law of order in the spiritual world, that evil intended, immediately recoils upon the author (Arcana Coelestia 9048-9057)). [Note (verses 15-21).—To set a question at rest by a dogmatic doctrine; or by this or that text by itself, is not the way to arrive at the real truth; the subject should be looked at and examined from all its bearings, and the various passages in the Word relating to it taken together, and its effects on the life for good or evil considered; otherwise the soul will lose perception of rational truth, though the memory may be a receptacle of the dogmas of others.]