Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 10792

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10792. There must therefore be people in authority to maintain a regulated state of affairs among those living together in a country; they must know the law, possess wisdom, and be God-fearing. And among those in authority too a regulated state of affairs must exist, so that no one deliberately or unwittingly allows bad things contravening true order to continue and, in allowing them to do so, to destroy it. This is guarded against when the people in authority are organized into higher and lower ranks, in subordination to one another.

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