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Deuteronomy Chapter 31

Verses 1-8. The guidance of the soul must now be undertaken by the principle of Truth combating against the interior evils of the soul.
Verses 9-13. The law delivered to the faculties receptive of good in the soul, and all things in the soul attentive to it when a state of good prevails.
Verses 14,15. The change of state in which an active warfare against evil takes the place of the implantation of truth.
Verses 16-30. Before the soul ceases to be led by truth the testimony of the Word as to the fundamental principles of salvation is deeply impressed on the interiors of the soul to testify against it when it strays into evil, which it is prone to do, from its hereditary evil tendencies when the visible guidance of truth is withdrawn.

  1. And Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.
  1. And the Divine Word further instructs those who are regenerating,
  1. And he said to them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD has said to me, You shall not go over this Jordan.
  1. And teaches them that life derived from the implantation of truth has now come to a full and complete state; and cannot flow into the soul and operate in the recurring stages of regeneration without another instrument; and also perception is given from the Lord that a new principle must govern the mind, as the soul passes the boundary now reached between the external and internal man.
  1. The LORD your God, he will go over before you, and he will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before you, as the LORD has said.
  1. The Divine Love and Wisdom themselves lead the mind, and will destroy the evils which oppose regeneration in the internal mind, and goods shall take their place: and Truth combating against the evil and the false is the new principle which shall guide the soul as appointed by the Lord.
  1. And the LORD shall do to them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and to the land of them, whom he destroyed.
  1. And the Lord shall do to these evils as was done to the loves of self and of the world in your external mind, with all the evils thence derived, which have been destroyed as far as they prevented regeneration.
  1. And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that you may do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you.
  1. And the Lord shall drive them from the interiors of your mind, that you may be enabled to reduce all things into heavenly order, according to the precepts which have been given to the soul by truth from the Word.
  1. Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.
  1. Strive with all your might, and as if it depended on yourselves alone; be determined to overcome evils: have confidence in the Lord, and be not disheartened with the power of evil: the Lord, who has been through the same struggles in His Humanity, and is omnipotent, is present with you in the conflict; He will not fail you, nor forsake you.
  1. And Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it.
  1. If And Divine truth now appoints Truth combating against the evil and the false, the leader of the soul; and, as is clearly perceived throughout the spiritual mind, endows it with strength and courage: for this is the principle which must lead whatever is capable of being made spiritual in the soul to heaven, according to the promises of the Lord by the Word in those states that went before; and this principle when followed out will cause the mind to inherit heaven.
  1. And the LORD, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.
  1. And it is the Lord Himself that leads the mind through this principle; He will be with you, He will not fail you, nor forsake you: fear not, neither be disheartened at the stubbornness of evil within you.
  1. And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it to the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.
  1. And Divine truth delivers all these commands from the Word, and impresses them upon the faculties in the soul which are derived from the good of charity, which receive influx from the celestial principle of love from the Divine Human of the Lord; and upon all those principles in the mind which are in genuine spiritual wisdom.
  1. And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,
  1. And the Divine law instructs them that after the period of struggle with evil, when a time of peace conies from the soul's resigning all it has to the Lord, in which the soul will be relieved from the infestation of hell, and will be recreated and protected by Divine good. [Note. The feast of tabernacles represents the implantation of good in the soul.]
  1. When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
  1. When all the principles of the soul which are capable of being made spiritual are brought into heavenly order by Divine Goodness and Wisdom, and to the states derived from the Divine Humanity, then will the Divine commands be obeyed by all the spiritual faculties of the mind.
  1. Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and your stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
  1. And all things in the soul must act from them as one; both the understanding, the affections, the undeveloped faculties, and the external things of the memory that serve the spiritual man, that they may attend to and receive the instructions from heaven, and fear to act contrary to Divine goodness and truth, and make it their chief study to conform their life to the Divine law;
  1. And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land whither you go over Jordan to possess it.
  1. And that the innocent and undeveloped faculties of the mind which have not yet been receptive of either good or evil may thus receive influx from heaven, and thus be taught to fear to act against Divine goodness and truth in all the new internal states to which the soul is progressing.
  1. And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, your days approach that you must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.
  1. And it is perceived from heaven in this state that the soul can no more live under the guidance of Divine truth alone: it is necessary that it should be conjoined with a determined warfare against every evil in the soul; and this combating principle and Divine truth must approach the Lord in the inmost of the soul, and take their commands from Him. Thus the Divine law, and Truth combating against evil and falsity, occupy the centre of the soul in a state derived from the love of good.
  1. And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.
  1. And the Lord is perceived present in the inmost of the soul, in the literal sense of the Word enclosing the spiritual sense: and Divine truth in the sense of the letter of the Word is present at the place of communication between the interior and exterior faculties of the soul (the internal sense being for the one, and the literal for the other, see AC 10551).
  1. And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
  1. And it is perceived in the interiors of the soul that a new state is to be entered upon in which Divine truth will lie dormant and concealed in the interiors; and the falses which favour hereditary evils will make their appearance, and the soul will be seduced to trust in falses from the fallacies of the senses which exist in the interiors of the unregenerate mind, and will leave the truth, and break off their close conjunction with the Lord by neglecting to seek the wisdom that comes from Him.
  1. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?
  1. And it will appear as if the Lord is angry with the soul in that state, and that He has left it, and that His mercy is departed from it, and the spiritual life will be consumed and inundated with evils and troubles; and the soul will then begin to inquire whether these evils have not come upon it because the Lord is no more within it;
  1. And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have worked, in that they are turned to other gods.
  1. For in every state in which man is in evil and lives from false doctrines, the Lord cannot remain in the interiors of the soul.
  1. Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
  1. Let the internal man, therefore, plainly testify the doctrine of truth received from the Lord, and teach it to all the soul; let it flow forth into the external mind, that this acknowledgement may be a witness for the Lord throughout all the spiritual mind.
  1. For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swore to their fathers, that flows with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn to other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.
  1. For when the Lord has brought the spiritual man to the regenerate state in which he is gifted with a new will to serve Him, which is the purpose of the Lord for all who are in good, a state abounding with the delights of spiritual good and the delights of natural good; and when these are imbibed, and fill the life so that the regenerating soul feels itself satisfied with good things; then will it be drawn away by falses which favour its hereditary evils and serve them, and turn from the Lord, and neglect to live from His commands.
  1. And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.
  1. And it shall come to pass that when many evils and troubles have befallen the soul, the truths that are acknowledged by the internal man shall come forth to testify against its evils; for they shall not be forgotten out of the understanding in any future state; for the Lord knows the depravity of man's heart which will lead him astray, and foresees it from the first, and provides accordingly before He gifts him with a new will, and brings him to the heavenly state which He designs for him.
  1. Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
  1. Divine truth, therefore, impresses deeply upon the soul in this state the acknowledgement and confession of the truths necessary for salvation, so that they permeate the whole spiritual man,
  1. And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore to them: and I will be with you.
  1. And particularly instructs him that it is necessary he should fight perpetually against hereditary evils, and the falses favouring them; that they must be contended against with all the might of the soul, and with full trust and confidence in heaven: for by this means alone can the soul be brought to the heavenly state designed for it by the Lord; who Himself will concur with it in every effort.
  1. And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
  1. And it came to pass that when Divine Law had fully impressed these commands on the memory as much as could be received,
  1. That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
  1. That all those principles in the soul which are in good, and which love the Lord as revealed in the Divine Humanity, and hold Him up as an example to the soul, gladly receive the Divine commands,
  1. Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
  1. And the Divine Law is stored up in the inmost of the soul in the principles derived from the Lord's Divine Humanity, whereby alone is conjunction with His Divine Goodness and Wisdom, and there it will correct the soul of its evils and falses.
  1. For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?
  1. For the soul is naturally against Divine truth, and averse to receiving the Divine influx from heaven in regeneration; in a state when Divine truth was present and leading the soul it has rebelled against it; and how much more when truth is indrawn, and hereditary evils are permitted to infest it!
  1. Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.
  1. All the primary truths with which the mind is stored are therefore now collected into heavenly order with those principles by which the conduct is actuated, that they may receive and obey the influx from heaven, and that both internal and external principles may be in a position to instruct and warn the soul.
  1. For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
  1. For it is foreseen that in the new state when Divine truth is indrawn in the soul the corrupt evils of the will will come forth to turn it aside from the only right way, namely, from acting out the Divine commands; so that evil will come upon the soul in the states which will succeed; because it will act against what it knows to be right, and be led astray from the Lord by its own perverted self-will.
  1. Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they were finished, in the ears of all the assembly of Israel:
  1. And the Word brought to the apperception of the whole spiritual man the following acknowledgement of the Lord and Divine truth, as much as could be received.


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