Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 8394

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8394. Having examined himself, acknowledged his sins, and repented a person must remain steadfast in good to life's end. But if having done those things he falls back into his former life of evil and embraces it he profanes that good since he now links evil with it. As a consequence his latter state becomes, according to the Lord's words, worse than his former,

When the unclean spirit goes out of a person he goes through dry places seeking rest, but does not find it. Then he says, I will return into my house from which I came out; and when he comes and finds it empty, swept, and decorated for him, he goes away and links to himself seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter and dwell there. And the latter [circumstances] of the person become worse than the first. Matt 12:43-45.


  1. And they travelled on from Elim, and all the assembly of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their coming outa of the land of Egypt.

  2. And all the assembly of the children of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron in the wilderness.

  3. And the children of Israel said to them, Would that we had diedb by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by a pot of flesh, eating bread to the full! For you have brought us out to this wilderness, to kill all this congregation with hunger.

  4. And Jehovah said to Moses, behold, I am causing it to rain bread from heaven for you; and the people will go out and gather the thing of a day in its day,c in order that I may test them [to see] whether they walk in My law or not.

  5. And it shall be on the sixth day, that they are to prepare what they have brought in; and it shall be double to what they shall gather day by day.

  6. And Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, At evening you will know that Jehovah has brought you out of the land of Egypt.

  7. And in the morning you will see the glory of Jehovah; He hears your grumblings against Jehovah, and what are we, that you grumble against us?

  8. And Moses said, Jehovah is giving you flesh to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; Jehovah hears your grumblings which you make against Him. What are we? Your grumblings are not against us, but against Jehovah.

  9. And Moses said to Aaron, Say to all the assembly of the children of Israel, Come near before Jehovah, for He has heard your grumblings.

  10. And so it was, as Aaron was speaking to all the assembly of the children of Israel, that they looked back towards the wilderness, and behold, the glory of Jehovah was seen in the cloud.

  11. And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

  12. I have heard the grumblings of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, At eveningd you will eat flesh, and in the morning you will be filled with bread; and you will know that I am Jehovah your God.

  13. And it happened in the evening, that the selave came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a deposit of dew around the camp.

  14. And the deposit of dew went up, and behold, on the face of the wilderness a tiny round thing, tiny like hoar frost on the earth.

  15. And the children of Israel saw it and said, a man to his brother, Manf is it? because they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat.

  16. This is the thingg which Jehovah has commanded: Gather from it, each according to the mouth of his eating, an omer a head, [according to] the number of your souls; take it, each for whoever is in his tent.

  17. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered it, [each] collecting it for a large number or for a few.

  18. And they measured it with an omer, and no large number had more than enough and no few had less; they gathered, each according to the mouth of his eating.

  19. And Moses said to them, Let no one leave any of ith until the morning

  20. And they did not heari Moses, and some did leave part of itj until the morning; and it bred worms and became putrid. And Moses was incensed with them.

  21. And they gathered it morning by morning, each according to the mouth of his eating; and the sun grew hot, and it melted.

  22. And so it was, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one; and all the princes of the assembly came and told Moses.

  23. And he said to them, This is what Jehovah has spoken: [A day of] rest, a holy sabbath to Jehovah shall tomorrow be. Bake what you will bake, and boil what you will boil; and all that is left over put aside for yourselves to keep until the morning.

  24. And they put it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not become putrid, and there was no worm in it.

  25. And Moses said, Eat it today, because today is a sabbath to Jehovah, today you will not find it in the field.

  26. Six days you shall gather it; and on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none in it.

  27. And so it was on the seventh day, that some of the people went out to gather, and did not find.

  28. And Jehovah said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

  29. See! Because Jehovah has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day He gives you the bread of two days; rest, each of you in his place,k let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.

  30. And the people rested on the seventh day.

  31. And the house of Israel called its name Man;l and it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like that of a cake with honey.

  32. And Moses said, This is the thingm which Jehovah has commanded: Fill an omer with it to be kept for your generations, in order that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.

  33. And Moses said to Aaron, Take a jar, and put an omerful of man[na] in it, and lay it up before Jehovah, to be kept for your generations.

  34. As Jehovah commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

  35. And the children of Israel ate the man[na] forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the man[na] until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

  36. And an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.


a lit. on the fifteenth day, to the second month, at their coming out
b lit. Who will give? We should have died
c i.e. a day's portion every day
d lit. between the evenings
e Sw. retains the Hebrew word, which he takes to mean some tend of bird of the sea; see 8452.
f i.e. the Hebrew interrogative word What? from which the word manna is derived; see 8462.
g or word
h lit. Let not anyone make a residue from it
i lit. hear towards
j lit. and men (vir) made a residue out of it
k lit. each under himself
l Sw. retains the Hebrew word, which he takes to mean some tend of bird of the sea; see 8452.
m or word

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