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ARCANA CELESTIA.

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This work is printed at the expense of, and published for, « THE SOCIETY FOR PRINTING

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WRITINGS OF EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, INSTITUTED
LONDON IN

YEAR 1810."

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THE

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THE HOLY SCRIPTURE, OR WORD OF THE LORD,

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“ ARCANA CELESTIA QUÆ IN SCRIPTURA SACRA, SEU VERBO DOMINI SUNT, DETECTA; HIC
PRIMUM QUÆ IN GENESI. UNA CUM MIRABILIBUS QUÆ VISA SUNT IN MUNDO SPIRITUUM

ET IN CELO ANGELORUM. LONDINI, 1749–1756."

IN TWELVE VOLUMES.

VOLUME VII.

GENESIS, CHAPTER XXXIX. TO CHAPTER XLIII.

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY THE SWEDENBORG SOCIETY,

(INSTITUTED 1910)
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Matthew vi. 33.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things shall be added unto you.

GENESIS.

CHAPTER THE THIRTY-NINTH.

4954. IN the introduction to the foregoing chapter, we explained what the Lord said concerning the judgment upon the good and the evil, described in Matthew, chapter xxv., verses 31-33; see n. 4807--1810. We now proceed to explain the words which there follow in order : Then shall the king say unto those on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and ye gave to me to eat; I was thirsty and ye gave to me to drink; I was a sojourner and ye gathered me, naked

I
and
ye
clothed me; I was sick and

ye
visited me ;

I was in prison and ye came unto me, (verses 31-36.)

4955. What these words involve in the internal sense, will be manifest from what follows. It is first to be noted, that

. these works which are here enumerated are the very essential works of charity in their order. This cannot be seen by any one, unless he is acquainted with the internal sense, that is, unless he knows what is meant by giving to the hungry to eat, by giving to the thirsty to drink, by gathering the sojourner, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and coming to those who are in prison. He who thinks of these acts only from the sense of the letter, thence infers, that they mean good works in the external form, and that there is no arcanum besides in them ; whereas in each of them there

divine, because from the Lord. But the arcanum is not now understood, because at this day there are no doctrinals of charity; for after men had separated charity from faith, those doctrinals perished, and instead thereof the doctrinals of faith were invented and received, which do not at all teach what is meant by charity, and what by the neighbor. The doctrinals, which prevailed among the ancients, taught all the genera and species of charity, and also who the neighbor is towards whom charity is to be exercised, and how one differs from another in the degree and respect in which he is a neighbor, and consequently how the exercise of charity varies in its application towards various persons. They also distinguished the neighbor into classes, and assigned names to each, calling some poor, needy, miserable, afflicted, some blind, lame, halt, and also fatherless

an arcanum, which

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