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Deuteronomy Chapter 34

Verses 1-4. By Divine truth the soul gains a perception of the heavenly life before its acquisition.
Verses 5, 6. A new state in which the acquisition of truth ceases to be of primary importance in the soul.
Verse 7. Truths being now in their fullness.
Verses 8, 9. Anxiety of mind and change of state in which an ardent warfare against evil takes the place of the acquisition of truth.
Verses 10-12. There is no teacher for the regenerating like Divine truth from the Word.
  1. And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, to Dan,
  1. Thus was Divine truth in the mind elevated into a state of love, whilst the mind was still in external things to the highest degree it is capable of reaching before the soul passes from external to internal things; and in that state a perception is given from heaven of what the Christian life and its happiness really consists to its utmost boundaries (AC 4117),
  1. And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, to the utmost sea,
  1. The struggles required against evil, the formation of a new regenerate understanding and will in the soul from the Lord, and that the principle of doing all things from the motive of love to the Lord must extend to the most external actions,
  1. And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, to Zoar.
  1. The clear perception of truth, and the state of the external life of the soul now first commencing to live the true heavenly life, in which truths are not merely known but practised from an affection for goodness.
  1. And the LORD said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, I will give it to your seed: I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over thither.
  1. These things are revealed to the soul by Divine truth, and it is perceived that these are the heavenly states promised in the Word to all things in the mind derived from the celestial, spiritual, and natural principles of the Lord's Divine Humanity (see chap 1:8, note); this is perceived by means of Divine truth, but that principle alone cannot conduct the soul thither.
  1. So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
  1. So the state in the soul ceased in which the acquisition of Divine truth was accounted the main thing after it had served its purpose, and the soul is ready to advance from natural good to higher states, according to heavenly order.
  1. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knows of his sepulchre to this day.
  1. And while the soul is in this external state, Divine truths from the Word, both from the spiritual sense and from the sense of the letter, are ingrafted in it for future use; and exert their influence even when not evident to the perception.
  1. And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
  1. And Divine truths are in their fullness when the soul ceases to acquire them as the main object of spiritual life; the perception of them is not obscured, nor is their force in any way abated.
  1. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
  1. And the regenerating soul passes through a state of anxiety in the natural mind when the acquisition of truth ceases to be its ruling motive, and use and love predominate, and fears the loss of truth; but as the new state approaches in which spiritual things are seen in more clearness the anxiety passes away.
  1. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened to him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
  1. And the soul is now filled with the ardent desire to completely root out its evils and falsities, and this principle is endowed with a spirit of discrimination between good and evil; for all the power of Divine truth flows into it, and the whole soul follows its dictates, and carries out what has been learned in previous states.
  1. And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
  1. And there can arise no teacher for those regenerating like Divine truth from the Word, which reveals the character of the Lord as He really is,
  1. In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
  1. In all the clear evidence both to the affections and understanding which the Lord gives by it to the natural mind, to the destruction of the false principles which reigned in the unregenerate heart; and of all the false theories which support, and the states of mind which favour them,
  1. And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses showed in the sight of all Israel. 
  1. And in all the great power, and holy fear of committing evil which the Divine truth from the Word infuses into the understanding and perception of the regenerating soul.