Biblical interpretation


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Bible, interpretations of" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 4583a - 4587a"
The poor are those who thirst and hunger for goods and truths, and know that they have few if any; nor do they desire gold and silver, thinking that they would be too much for them, but copper and iron, which they indeed receive as gifts.
 The wretched are all in general, both the poor, and strangers and the bound. While the poor regard truths, the wretched regard goods.
 Strangers are all who do not know truths and goods, who must be instructed, which instruction is a good of charity.
 Those in prison are all who are held in bondage by evil, and are aware of the fact, as those are for the most part who are in temptation.
 The sick are those who are distressed by evil and falsities, and who are to be visited, by some who bring comfort, by others who bring a remedy.
 Orphans are those in a state of innocence. Widows are those imbued with the goodness of caring for others.