This little volume is prepared for private reading or for use in public worship.
The TEN COMMANDMENTS, also called the DECALOGUE, are a summary of all things of religion (TCR 286). They are explained in their natural and interior meanings in the Divinely inspired Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) written for the use of the New Church which is meant by "the New Jerusalem." In his last published work, The True Christian Religion, a chapter (nos. 282-331) is devoted to this subject. And in the posthumous work The Apocalypse Explained the Ten Commandments are dealt within a series of inserts - especially between paragraphs 948-1028. In the exegetical text The Arcana Coelestia their spiritual meaning is laid clear in the setting of chapter twenty of the book of Exodus (nos. 8860-8912). Further explanations are given in The Doctrine of Life, 53-91 and nos. 108ff., in The Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 67, and in The Divine Providence nos. 329 ff., etc.
And in order to facilitate the use of these Scripture passages in worship, a selection of lessons from the threefold Word is also given on p. v.
Hugo Lj. Odhner
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania April 1971