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celestial angel, by bearing false witness, under- shall be a third to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing stands to blaspheme the Lord and the Word. in the midst of the land, which Jehovah of hosts These instances may serve to show after what shall bless, saying, Blessed be my people, the manner the spiritual and celestial senses of the Egyptians, and the Assyrian, the work of my Word are unfolded and extracted from the natural hands, and Israel, mine inheritance," Isaiah xix. sense in which they are included; and, what is 23–25. How man thinks, and how the angels wonderful, the angels extract their senses without think, when these words are read, may be manhaving any knowledge of a man's thoughts; but ifest from the sense of the letter of the Word, still the thoughts of angels and men make a one and from its internal sense. Man thinks from the by correspondences, like end, cause, and effect; sense of the letter, that the Egyptians and Assyrfor ends do actually exist in the celestial king- ians are to be converted to God and accepted, and dom, causes in the spiritual, and effects in the that they are to make one with the Israelitish nanatural kingdom. Such conjunction by corre- tion; but angels think, according to the internal spondences results from the laws of creation. sense, of the man of the spiritual church, who is Hence, then, it is, that man has consociation there described in that sense, whose spiritual is with angels by means of the Word. — S. S. 67. Israel, whose natural is the Egyptian, and whose
217. Because man has broken this connection rational, which is the middle, is the Assyrian. with heaven, by turning his interiors away from The latter and the former sense still are one, beheaven, and turning them to the world and him-cause they correspond; wherefore, when the anself, by the love of self and the world, and thus gels think thus spiritually, and man thus naturally, withdrawing himself so as no longer to serve they are conjoined almost like soul and body; the heaven for a basis and foundation, therefore a internal sense of the Word also is its soul, and medium was provided by the Lord, which might the sense of the letter is its body. Such is the be to heaven in the place of a basis and founda- Word throughout; hence it is evident, that it is a tion, and also for the conjunction of heaven with medium of the conjunction of heaven with man, man. - H. H. 305.
and that its literal sense serves for a basis and 218. Unless such a Word had been given in foundation. – H. H. 307. this earth, the man of this earth would have been 221. I have spoken with angels concerning the separated from heaven; and if separated from Word several times, and said, that it is despised heaven, he would no longer have been rational, by some on account of its simple style; and that for the human rational exists from the influx of the nothing at all is known concerning its internal light of heaven. — H. H. 309.
sense; and that hence it is not believed that so 219. I have been informed from heaven, that much wisdom lies concealed in it. The angels the most ancient people had immediate revelation, said, that the style of the Word, although it apsince their interiors were turned to heaven; and pears simple in the sense of the letter, is still such that thence there was at that time conjunction of that nothing can be at all compared to it as to the Lord with the human race. But after their excellence, because divine wisdom lies concealed, times, that there was not such immediate revela- not only in all the sense there, but also in each tion, but mediate by correspondences; for all the word ; and that that wisdom shines forth in heaven. divine worship of these consisted of correspond. They wished to say that it is the light of heaven, ences, whence the churches of that time were because it is divine truth, for divine truth in heaven called representative churches; for they knew then shines. They said, also, that without such a what correspondence was, and what representa- Word, there would be no light of heaven with tion was,
and that all things which are in the earth the men of our earth, thus neither would there be corresponded to spiritual things which are in conjunction of heaven with them; for, as far as heaven and in the church, or, what is the same, the light of heaven is present with man, so far represented them; wherefore natural things, which there is conjunction, and so far, likewise, divine were the externals of their worship, served them truth is revealed to him by the Word. The reafor mediums of thinking spiritually; thus with the son why man does not know that that conjunction angels. After the science of correspondences and is by the spiritual sense of the Word correspondrepresentations was obliterated, then the Word ing to its natural sense, is because the man of this was written, in which all the words, and senses of earth does not know any thing concerning the the words, are correspondences; thus they contain spiritual thought and speech of the angels, and a spiritual or internal sense, in which the angels that it is different from the natural thought and are. Wherefore, when man reads the Word, and speech of man; and unless he knows this, he canperceives it according to the sense of the letter, not at all know what the internal sense is, and or the external sense, the angels perceive it ac- thence that by it such conjunction can be given. cording to the internal or spiritual sense; for all They said, also, that if man knew that there is the thought of the angels is spiritual, whereas the such a sense, and should think from a knowledge thought of man is natural ; those thoughts indeed of it when he reads the Word, he would come into appear diverse, but still they are one, because interior wisdom, and would be still more conjoined they correspond. Hence it is, that after mian re- with heaven, since by it he would enter into ideas moved himself from heaven, and broke the bond, similar to those of the angels. — H. H. 310. there was provided by the Lord a medium of conjunction of heaven with man by the Word. — H. The divine and beautiful Things which are H. 306.
manifest to good Spirits and Angels, by the
Word. 220. How heaven is conjoined with man by the Word, may be illustrated by some passages thence, 222. The Word of the Lord, when it is read (See the former examples of the spiritual sense.] by man who loves it, and who lives in charity, To take another example from the Word: “In and even by a man who in simplicity of heart bethat day there shall be a path from Egypt to As- lieves what is written, having formed no princisyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and ples contrary to the truth of faith contained in the the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians internal sense, is displayed by the Lord to the shall serve the Assyrians. In that day Israel angels with such beauty, and with such pleasantness, accompanied also with representatives, and penetrate thoroughly into my thoughts and my this with an inexpressible variety according to the affections, in which he perceived more things than whole state of the angels at the time, that every he could express, such as causes, influxes, the oriparticular is perceived as if it had life. This is gins thereof, and how the ideas were mixed with the life that is in the Word, and from which the earthly things, observing that they were to be Word had birth when it was sent down from altogether separated, with many other particulars. heaven. From this cause the Word of the Lord 225. Twice afterwards I saw others taken up is of such a nature, that, although it appears rude into another heaven amongst angelic spirits, who in the letter, yet within it are stored things spirit- from that station discoursed with me, whilst I read ual and celestial, which are made manifest to good the third chapter of Deuteronomy from beginning spirits and angels, when it is read by man. to the end. They said that they had a perception
223. That the Word of the Lord is thus dis- only of the interior sense of the Word, at the played to the good spirits and angels, has been same time affirming that there was not a single granted me both to hear and see ; wherefore it is tittle but what contained a spiritual sense most permitted to relate the experience with which I beautifully cohering with the rest; and further, have been favored on such occasions.
that names also signified things.' Thus they, 224. A .certain spirit came to me not long after likewise, were confirmed in the truth; because his decease, which I was able to conclude from they before had not believed that all things in this circuinstance, that as yet he knew not that the Word, to the minutest particulars, were inhe was in the other life, imagining that he still spired by the Lord. They were even desirous of lived in the world. It was perceivable that he confirming this to others by oath, but it was not had been devoted to the pursuits of study, con- permitted. cerning which I discoursed with him ; but then 226. Certain spirits, also, were in unbelief consuddenly he was taken up on high, which surprised cerning the Word of the Lord, as containing withme, and led me to suspect that he was of a high- in its bosom such wonderful things; for, in the aspiring temper, for such are wont to be carried other life, spirits retain the same unbelief as they up aloft; or that he supposed heaven to be a great had during their life in the body, and it is only height above, for such also are wont to be taken dissipated by means provided of the Lord, and by up on high, in order to convince them that heaven lively experiences. Wherefore, whilst I was readdoes not consist in what is high, but in what is ing some Psalms of David, their interior intuition internal. Presently, however, I perceived that he or mind was opened, but, however, without their was taken up amongst the angelic spirits who are being themselves taken up amongst angelic spirin front, a little to the right, in the first entrance its ; they then perceived the interior things of the into heaven. From this situation he afterwards Word in those Psalms, and in their astonishment discoursed with me, saying, that he saw things of they said, that they never could have believed such sublimity as no human comprehension could any thing like it. The same part of the Word conceive. I was reading at the time the first was at the same time heard by several other spirchapter of Deuteronomy, concerning the Jewish its, who all apprehended it after a different manpeople, and the spies that were sent to explore ner; with some it filled the ideas of their thought the land of Canaan, its products and inhabitants; with many pleasant and delightful perceptions, and as I read, he said that he perceived none of and thus with a kind of life, according to the cathe things contained in the literal sense, but only pacity of each, and at the same time with an effithose contained in the spiritual sense, and that cacy which penetrated even to the inmost recesses these were wonderful beyond description. This of their souls; which with some was so powerful was in the first entrance of the heaven of angelic that they seemed to themselves to be elevated spirits; what wonders, then, must have been per- towards the interiors of heaven, and thus nearer ceived in that heaven itself! and what in the and nearer to the Lord, in proportion as they were heaven of angels! Certain spirits, who were with affected with truths and the goodnesses therewith me at the time, and who before could not believe conjoined. The Word was at the same time that the Word of the Lord was of such a nature, brought to some spirits, who had no comprehenbegan now to repent of their incredulity, and said, sion of its internal sense, but only of its external in that state, that they believed, because they or literal sense ; to whom it appeared as a dead heard the other spirit say that he had heard, and letter without life. Hence it was evidently shown seen, and perceived, that the Word was so full of what the nature and quality of the Word is when wonders. But other spirits still persisted in their the Lord vivifies it, viz., that it is of such efficacy unbelief, and said that it was not so, but that all as to penetrate even to the inmost recesses of the was mere fancy; wherefore these likewise were soul; and what its nature and quality is when the suddenly taken up, and from their elevated situa- Lord does not vivify it, – that in this case it is a tion they discoursed with me, and confessed that mere letter, with scarcely any life to animate it. it was very far from fancy, for that they really 227. By the divine mercy of the Lord it has perceived it to be so, and this with a more exqui- also been granted me, in like manner, to see the site perception than that of any of the senses Word of the Lord in its beauty in the internal which we enjoy in the material body. Presently, sense, and this frequently, not as when the words others also were taken up into the same heaven, are explained singly as to their internal sense, but and amongst them one whom I was acquainted so as to see the whole contents generally and inwith during his life in the body, who bore the dividually, in one connected series ; which may same testimony, saying, amongst other things, that be called seeing a celestial paradise out of an he was too much astonished at the glory of the earthly one. — A. C. 1767-1772. Word, in its internal sense, to be able to describe 228. It may seem a paradox, nevertheless it is it. Being melted with tender compassion for most true, that the angels have a clearer and fuller men's unbelief, he added, that it was wonderful understanding of the internal sense of the Word, how they could remain so totally ignorant of the when it is read by little boys and girls, than when internal things of the Word. He said, moreover, it is read by grown-up persons who are not printhat from his state of elevation he was able to cipled in faith grounded in charity. The reason
18, as I have been informed, because little children may understand it in simplicity, and the wise in are in a state of mutual love and innocence, con- wisdom; for there are various points and marks sequently their receptive vessels are extremely over the letters, which, as was observed, exalt the tender and almost of a celestial nature, so as to sense, but to which the simple do not attend, nor be pure faculties of reception, which therefore are understand their meaning; whereas, the wise are capable of being disposed by the Lord for the attentive to them, every one in proportion to his purpose, although this does not come to their per- wisdom, even to its highest degree. A copy of ception, except by a certain sensation of delight the Word, written by angels under the Lord's insuitable to their state and genius. The angels spiration, is kept by every considerable society, in say, that the Word of the Lord is a dead letter, a sacred repository appointed for that purpose, to but that it is vivified in the reader by the Lord, preserve it from any alteration in any of its points according to the faculty of each individual, and or marks. The Word in our world is so far simthat it becometh alive according to his life of char- ilar to that in heaven, that the simple understand ity and state of innocence; which takes place with it in simplicity, and the wise in wisdom; but yet endless variety. — A. C. 1776.
this difference of understanding in our world arises
from a different ground, and is effected in a difThe Word is in all the Heavens, and the ferent manner. Wisdom of the Angels is thence derived.
232. The angels themselves confess that they 229. That the Word is in the heavens, has derive all their wisdom from the Word, for in proremained a secret to mankind unto this day, nor portion to their understanding of the Word, is the could it be made known so long as the church | degree of light in which they dwell. The light was ignorant that angels and spirits are men like of heaven is divine wisdom, which appears before men in this our world, and that they resemble the eyes of the angels as light. In the sacred them in every particular, with this only difference, repository, where the copy of the Word is kept, that they themselves are spiritual beings, and that the light is bright and Haming, exceeding every all things which they have amongst them are from degree of light that shines in the other parts of a spiritual origin; whereas men on earth are natu- heaven without: the cause has already been menral beings, and all things amongst them are from tioned — that the Lord is in the Word. - S. S. a natural origin. So long as this remained con- 71-73. cealed, it could never be known that the Word is also in the heavens, and that it is there read by There is a Marriage of the Lord and the the angelic inhabitants, and also by the spirits who
Church, and thence a Marriage of Good are beneath the heavens. – S. S. 70.
and Truth, in every Part of the Word. 230. The Word, in heaven, is written in a spir- 233. That there is a marriage of the Lord and itual style, which differs entirely from a natural the church, and thence a marriage f good and style. A spiritual style consists of mere letters, truth, in every part of the Word, has never yet each involving some particular sense; and there been discovered ; neither could it be discovered, are marks above the letters, which exalt the sense. so long as the spiritual sense of the Word reThe letters in use amongst the angels of the spir- mained unknown; for this sense alone can make itual kingdom, are like the letters used in printing manifest such a marriage. There are two senses amongst men; and the letters in use amongst the contained in the Word, which lie concealed in its angels of the celestial kingdom, each of which in literal sense, and which are called spiritual and itself involves some entire sense, are like the He- celestial. What belongs to the spiritual sense of brew old letters, but inflected above and beneath, the Word has more particular relation to the with marks above, between, and within them. As church; and what belongs to the celestial sense, their writing is of such a nature, there are not any to the Lord. The contents also of the spiritual names of persons and places in their Word, as in sense have relation to divine truth, and the conours, but instead of names are the things which tents of the celestial sense, to divine good; and they signify ; thus instead of Moses is mentioned this is the ground of the above-mentioned marriage the historical Word; instead of Elias, the prophet- in the Word. But this is only apparent to those ic Word ; instead of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who, by virtue of the spiritual and celestial sense the Lord with respect to his Divine-celestial, his of the Word, are acquainted with the signification Divine-spiritual, and his Divine-natural ; instead of its names and expressions; for some particular of Aaron, the priestly office; instead of David, the names and expressions are predicated of good, kingly office, each in relation to the Lord ; instead and some of truth, and some include both ; whereof the names of the twelve sons of Jacob, or the fore, without the knowledge of such signification, tribes of Israel, and instead of the names of the it is impossible to see how such a marriage exists Lord's twelve disciples, various things respecting in every part of the Word ; and this is the reason heaven and the church; instead of Zion and Je- why this arcanum was never discovered before. rusalem, the church as to doctrine derived from 234. Inasmuch as there is such a marriage in the Word; instead of the land of Canaan, the every part of the Word, therefore we frequently church itself; instead of the places and cities find in the Word two expressions which appeai therein, on this side the river Jordan, and beyond like repetitions of one and the same thing : they it, various things relating to the church and its are, however, not repetitions ; but one has relation doctrine. The case is the same in respect to to good, and the other to truth, and both, taken numbers ; they do not occur in the copies of the together, effect the conjunction of good and truth, Word written in heaven, but instead of them are and consequently make them one. This, also, is expressed the things with which the numbers cor- the true ground of the divinity of the Word and respond. It may hence be seen, that the Word its sanctity; for in every divine work there is a in heaven corresponds to our Word, and that con- conjunction of good with truth, and of truth with sequently they are one, for correspondences make good. – S. S. 80, 81. things one.
235. That there frequently are two expressions 331. It is a wonderful circumstance, that the used in the Word, which appear like repetitione Word in heaven is so written, that the simple of the same thing, must be evident to every atten
tive reader; as, for instance, brother and compan-shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.' ion, poor and needy, wilderness and desert, vacuity Jerem. xxiii. 5 ; xxxiii. 15. The reason why judoand emptiness, foe and enemy, sin and iniquity, ment and justice are so often mentioned together, anger and wrath, nation and people, joy and glad- is, because judgment is predicated of truth, and ness, mourning and weeping, justice and judg-justice of good; wherefore, by executing judg
These appear to be synonymous ment and justice, is also meant to act from a prinexpressions, when in fact they are not ; for the ciple of truth and good. The reason why judgterms brother, poor, wilderness, vacuity, foe, sin, ment is predicated of truth, and justice of good, anger, nation, joy, mourning, and justice, are pred- is, because the government of the Lord, in the icated of good, and in the opposite sense of evil; spiritual kingdom, is called judgment, and the whereas the terms companion, needy, desert, emp- government of the Lord in the celestial kingdo:n tiness, enemy, iniquity, wrath, people, gladness, is called justice ; concerning which more may be weeping, and judgment, are predicated of truth, seen in the treatise On HEAVEN AND HELL, n. and in the opposite sense of what is false. And 214, 215. Because judgment is predicated of yet it must appear to the reader, who is unac- truth, therefore, in many places, mention is made quainted with this arcanum, as if the terins poor of truth and justice, as in Isaiah xi. 5; and Psalın and needy, desert and wilderness, vacuity and lxxxv. 12; and in other places. emptiness, &c., meant the same thing, whereas 237. The reason why repetitions, as it were of they do not, but yet form one thing by conjunc- the same thing, are used in the Word, on account tion. In the Word, also, we frequently find two of the marriage of good and truth, may be more things joined together, as fire and Aame, gold and clearly seen in those places where the terms nasilver, brass and iron, wood and stone, bread and tion and people are used; as in the following: wine, purple and fine linen, &c., because fire, " Ah! sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity," gold, brass, wood, bread, and purple, are predi- Isaiah i. 4. “The people that walked in darkness cated of good ; but flame, silver, iron, stone, water, have seen a great light; - thou hast multiplied wine, and fine linen, are predicated of truth. In the nation,” Isaiah ix. 2, 3. * O Assyrian! the like manner it is said, that God is to be loved with rod of mine anger, - I will send hiin against a all the heart and with all the soul; and also, that hypocritical nation, and against the people of my God will create in man a new heart and a new wrath will I give him a charge,” Isaiah x. 5, 6. spirit; for the heart is predicated of the good of " In that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which love, and the soul and spirit of the truths of faith shall stand for an ensign of the people ; to it shall from that good. There are some expressions, the nations seek,” Isaiah xi. 10.' "He who smote also, which, in consequence of partaking alike the people in wrath with a continual stroke; He both of good and truth, are used by themselves, that ruled the nations in anger," Isaiah xiv. 6. without the adjunction of others. But these, and "In that time shall the present be brought unto, many things besides, are apparent only to the an- Jehovah of hosts, of a people scattered and peeled gels, and to those who see into the spiritual sense - a nation meted out and trodden under foot," of the Word, whilst they are reading the natural Isaiah xviii. 7. “Therefore shall the strong people
glorify thee, the city of terrible nations shall fear 236. It would be tedious to show from the Word, thee," Isaiah xxv. 3. “ Jehovah will destroy in that two expressions of this nature are used, for it this mountain the face of the covering cast over would fill a volume to quote all the particular cases all people, and the veil that is spread over all nawhere such double expressions occur; I shall, tions,” Isaiah xxv. 7. " Come near, ye nations, to however, in order to remove all doubt on this sub- hear; and hearken, ye people,” Isaiah xxxiv. J. ject, produce some passages where the terms judg- "I have called thee for a covenant of the people, inent and justice, nation and people, joy and glad for a light of the nations,” Isaiah xlii. 6. " Lei ness, are used together. Judginent and justice all the nations be gathered together, and let the are mentioned together in these places : “ The people be assembled,” Isaiah xliii. 9. Behold, I city was full of judgment, justice lodged in it,” will lift up iny hand to the nations, and set up my Isaiah i. 21. “ Zion shall be redeemed with judg- standard to the people,” Isaiah xlix. 22. The reament, and her converts with justice," Isaiah i. 27. son why people and nations are expressed at the " Jehovah of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, same time, is, because by nations are meant those and God that is holy shall be sanctified in jus- who are in good, and, in the opposite sense, those tice," Isaiah v. 16. “He shall sit upon the throne who are in evil, and by people, those who are in of David, and his kingdom, to establish it with truths, and, in the opposite sense, those who are judgment and with justice,” Isaiah ix. 7. * Jeho- in falsities. For this reason they who are of the vah shall be exalted, for He dwelleth on high, He Lord's spiritual kingdom are called people, and hath filled Zion with judgment and justice," Isaiah they who are of his celestial kingdom are called xxxiii. 5. “ Thus saith Jehovah, Keep ye judg- nations ; for all in the spiritual kingdom are in ment, and do justice ; for iny salvation is near to truths, and thereby in wisdom, but all in the cecome, and my justice to be revealed," Isaiah lvi. 1. lestial kingdom are in good, and thereby in love. “ As a nation that did justice, and forsook not the 238. The case is the same with many other judgments of their God; they ask of me the judg- expressions; as with joy and gladness, which frements of justice," Isaiah lviii. 2. “ And thou shalt /quently occur together, as may be seen in the folswear Jehovah liveth, in truth, in judgment, and lowing passages: “ And behold joy and gladness, in justice,” Jerem. iv. 2. “Let him that glorieth slaying oxen and killing sheep," Isaiah xxii. 13. glory in this, that Jehovah doth judgment and jus-" They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow lice in the earth,” Jerem. ix. 24. " Execute ye and mourning shall fee away,” Isaiah xxxv. 10; judgment and justice. Woe unto him that build- li. 11. * Joy and gladness are cut off from the eth his house without justice, and his chainbers house of our God," Joel i. 16. “ The fast of the without judgment. Did not thy father do judg- tenth month shall be to the house of Judah joy and ment and justice, and then it was well with him ” gladness," Zech. viii. 19. “ That we may rejoice Jerern. xxii. 3, 13, 15. “I will raise unto David and be glad all our days," Psalm xc. 14. Rejoice a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign, and ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her -- rejoice
in her 739)," Isaiah lxvi. 10. “Rejoice and be glad, angels are principled in truths, and truth admit: O dauchter of Edom," Lament. iv. 21. · Let the of harshness; whereas good, wherein the angels righiecus be glad ; let them rejoice before God," of the Lord's celestial kingdom, or of the third Psalm lxviii. 3. Make me to hear joy and glad- heuven, are principled, admits of no harshness. ness," Psalm li. 8. Joy and gladness shall be They declared further, that they had the written found in Zion, thanksgiving and the voice of mel- Word amongst them, composed of letters inflectody," Isaiah li. 3. “And thou shalt have joy and ed with significative little bendings and apices; gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth,” Luke from whence it appeared what those words of the i. 14. " Then will I cause to cease — the voice Lord signify, “One jot or one tittle shall in no of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matt. bridegroom and the voice of the bride," Jerem. v. 18. And again : “It is easier for heaven and vii. 34 ; xvi. 9 ; xxv. 10. “Again there shall be earth to pass away, than one tittle of the law to heard in this place — the voice of joy and the fail,” Luke xvi. 17. – S. S. 90. voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride,” Jerem. xxxiii. 10, 11; and Concerning heretical Opinions from the Letter in many other places. The reason why mention
of the Word. is made, in these passages, both of joy and glad- 240. In many passages are appearances of truth, ness, is, because joy is predicated of good, and and not naked truths. Thus many things are writgladness of truth ; or joy of love, and gladness ten according to the apprehensions of the merely of wisdom; for joy belongs to the heart, and glad- natural man, yet in such a manner that the simple ness to the spirit; or joy belongs to the will, and. may understand them in simplicity, the intelligent gladness to the understanding. That there is also in intelligence, and the wise in wisdom. Now, a marriagą of the Lord and the church in these since the Word is of such a nature, the appeartwo, is evident from this circumstance, that men- ances of truth, which are truths clothed, may be tion is made of “the voice of joy and the voice taken for naked truths; and such appearances, of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the when they are confirmed, become falsities. But voice of the bride," Jerem. vii. 31; xvi. 9; xxv. this is done by those who believe themselves to 10; xxxiii. 10, 11; and the Lord is the bridegroom, be superior to others in wisdom, when yet they are and the church the bride. That the Lord is the not wise ; for wisdom consists in seeing whether a bridegroom, may be seen, Matt. ix. 15; Mark ii. thing be true before it is confirmed, but not in 19, 20; Luke v. 35 ; and that the church is the confirming whatever one pleases. The latter is bride, may be seen Apoc. xxi. 2, 9; xxii. 17; the case with those who possess a talent for conwherefore John the Baptist said of Jesus, "He firmation and are in the pride of self-intelligence ; that hath the bride is the bridegroom,” John iii. but the former with those who love truths, and 29. – S. S. 84–87.
are affected by them because they are truths, and
who apply them to the purposes of life. These Memorable Relation concerning the Word.
are in illumination froin the Lord, and see truths 239. Because the divinity and sanctity of the by the light of truth ; but the others are in illumiWord are here treated of, it may be proper to add nation from themselves, and see falsities in the a MEMORABLE RELATION to what has been already light of falsities. said. There was once sent me down from heaven 241. All the heresies which ever did, or do still, a small piece of paper, covered with Hebrew char- exist in Christendom, have sprung from this ciracters, but written as they used to be amongst the cumstance, that men have taken appearances of ancients, with whom those letters, which are at truth for genuine truths, and as such have conthis day partly linear, were inflected, with little firmed them. Heresies themselves do not occabendings upwards; and the angels who were then sion man's condemnation ; but an evil life, together with me declared, that they could discover entire with confirmations of the falsities contained in any and coraplete senses by the very letters, and that heresy, by misapplication of the Word, and by they discovered them particularly by the flexures reasonings that originate in the natural man, are of the lines, and of the apices of each letter; and what condemn him. For every one by birth is inthey explained what was their signification both troduced into the religion of his country, or of separately and conjointly, telling me that the h his parents, is initiated into it from his earliest which was added to the names of Abram and Sa- years, and afterwards continues in the same perrai, signified infinite and eternal. They also ex- suasion, nor is it in his power to extricate himself plained to me the meaning of the Word in Psalm from its falsities, being prevented by his engagexxxii
. 2, by the letters or syllables only, and in- ments in the world; but to live in evil, and to conformed me that their purport, when sumined up, firm falsities so as to destroy genuine truths, this was this: That the Lord is ever merciful to those it is which causes condemnation. For he who who do evil
. They informed ine that the writing simply abides in the religion of his country, who in the third heaven consisted of letters inflected believes in God, and (in case he be of the Chrisand variously curved, each of which contained tian Church) believes in the Lord, esteems the some particular meaning; and that the vowels Word to be holy, and lives according to the comthere ised were to express a sound which should mandments of the Decalogue, from a religiou correspond with affection. They added, that, in motive; such a one does not bind himself to the that heaven, they were not able to express the falsities of the religion he professes. When, therevowels i and e, but instead of them, y and eu, and fore, truths are proposed to him, and he perceive : that the vowels a, 0, and u, were in use amongst them according to the measure of light which he them, because they give a full sound; also, that has attained, he has a capacity to embrace them, they did not express any consonants roughly, but and thus 1, be extricated from falsities. But it is softly, and that it was from this ground, that some not so with him who has confirmed the falsities Hebrew letters are pointed within, as a mark that of his religion: these, when confirmed, are mad, their pronunciation should be soft. They said, permanent, and cannot be extirpated; for when a like vise, that harshness in letters was in use in man has confirmed himself in what is false, he is the spiritual heaven, by reason that the spiritual l as if he had sworn to maintain it; especially if