This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. . 1909 edition.: ...of these antediluvians the style of writing amongst the most ancient people, and hence the prophetic style, may be demonstrated.-They are here ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. . 1909 edition.: ...of these antediluvians the style of writing amongst the most ancient people, and hence the prophetic style, may be demonstrated.-They are here described even to the termination of the present chapter; in this verse as to. their persuasions, and in the following (23) as to their lusts; that is, as to their state, both in reference to the understanding and to the will: for although, correctly speaking, they had neither voluntary nor intellectual things, still their contraries must be so named. Thus persuasions of the false, as belonging to thought and ratiocination, are to be ascribed to the understanding, although they are entirely opposed to it; and cupidities in like manner may be said to appertain to the will, although they are not proper to it. These people are described, then, first as to the persuasions of the false, and next as to their lusts, which is the cause of the repetitions, --although in a different order, --in this and in a subsequent verse (21 and 23. Such also is the prophetic style. The reason of this peculiar construction is, that there are two perfectly distinct lives in man, one of intellectual and the other of voluntary things. Man lives from both; and, although they are separated at the present day in the human mind, still one enters by influx into the other, and, so far as is possible, they unite together; and both the fact of their union and the mode in which it takes place, might be proved and illustrated by many considerations. Since, then, man consists of these two faculties, the understanding and the will, and one enters by influx into the other, when he is described in the Word he is so separately, as to each faculty, this being the cause of repetitions, since without them the description would be...Read Less
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