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P. R E F A
Blefed is the Man that hath not walked in the Counsel of the ungodly, nor food in the Way of Sinners, nor sat in the Seat of the scornful.
But his Delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in his Law will be exercise himself Day and Night, Plalm i. 1, 2. THIS "HIS has been the blessed State of every wise and
pious Christian in all Ages of the Church: Being taught from his Youth to revere the Sacred Writings, to consider them as Divine Revelations from Heaven, and as such containing “ the Will and the Wisdom of God,' pointing out to Man the only Object of Divine Worship, and instructing him how to hallow the Name of his head venly Father, and be thereby enabled to do his Will on Earth, as it is done in Heaven ; or in other words, teaching him how to climb the Heights of Virtue, by practising the heavenly Precepts of Wildom and Love ;impreffed with these Sentiments, his ruling Delight was in the Law of the Lord, and it was to him a Source of Instru&tion and Comfort in every State, whether of Light or Darkness, Prosperity or Adversity,
To Minds thus prepared it must afford the highest Pleasure to be informed, that it has pleased God to put into their Hands at this Time, the Means of attaining a more perfect Knowledge of his Holy Word ; that he has taken off the Veil from it's hidden Mysteries, by unfolding it's various Senses; and that Truth being thus opened to his View, he is thereby instructed how he may avoid the Danger of Error, and of those false Do&rines which are inferred from the Letter of Scripture, when separated from the genuine Truths and Goodnesles now discovered in it's internal Sense.
“Openthou mine Eyes,” says the Psalmist," that I may see the wonderous Things of thy Law." The Prayer of the Pfalmift is now accomplished, and every Reader, who is willing to separate himself from all that is Evil and False; who steadily walks in holy Obedience to the Divine Precepts, and who by Repentance and Prayer renders him. reit meet for Divine Illumination, may, by Means of the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, bo enabled to see the wonderous Things heretofore hidden in the external Senfe of the Divine Law.
By the following Treatise of our illuminated Author, he will be taught to perceive clearly where the Holiness and Divinity of the Scriptures reside; and that the Word of God, really proceeding from Him, muft partake of his Holy Essence, and consequently be Divine in all and every Part thereof. From this he may also learn the Reality, the Beauty, and Importance of the internal or spiritual Sense of the Scriptures : He will find that they are the Laws of God, by which Heaven and the Church on Earth are regulated; that in a higher Sense they relate to those States of Divine Order, by which the Humanity assumed by Jehovah was glorified and made One with the Father or Divine Esse, as a Means whereby the Infirmities and Corruption of Human Nature might be nearer approached to, and wrought upon by the Divine; in a lower Senfe, it also shews that those States are the Laws of Divine Order, by which the Regeneration or Salvation of Man is effected. Those Passages of Holy Writ, which before appeared nugatory, triffing, or inconsistent, will now be seen to be of the highest Importance; the appã. rent Inconsistencies of the Letter vanish, and the Reader finds that every Part inculcates Lessons of the greateft practical Utility, at the same Time that they display amazing In, stances of infinite Love and Wisdom. Hence his Reverence for, and Affection to the Sacred Writings is highly increased, and he is hereby taught how to make the most profitable and noble Use of them, by permitting the exalted Truths thereof to beinseminated in his Mind, the Light of which will enable him to discover the Evils of his Life, and the Errors thence derived ; and if he flies from them as Şins against God, he will become receptive of Divine Love in his Affections, and Divine Wisdom in his Intellect, and by their Conjunction in him by the Lord, be made meet for the Communion of Angels and Archangels, and the Spirits of juft Men made perfect, in those Mansions prepared for them from the Foundation of the World, not made with Hands, etenal in the Heavens. Amen.
N É W J Ë R Ú S A L E M
That the Sacred Scripture or Word is essential
of Divine Inspiration, and consequently Holy; but heretofore Mankind have been ignorant touching the Nature of such Inspiration, and in what Part of the Word it's Divinity resideth: For the Word in the Letter appears like ordinary Writing, compofed in a vulgar Style, with out either Sublimity or Elegance, which are the apparent Characteristics of human Compositions. Hence it is, that he who worshippeth Nature instead of God, or in Preference to God, and in Consequence thereof maketh Himself and his own Propriety the Ground and Center of his Thoughts, without admitting any Influence from the Lord out of Heaven, may easily fall into Mistake con