Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 10796

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10796. Priests must be respected and honoured on account of the sacred duties which they perform; but those among them who are wise ascribe such honour to the Lord, the Source of everything sacred, not to themselves. Those among them however who are stupid assign it to themselves; they take it away from the Lord. Those who assign honour to themselves on account of the sacred duties they perform set honour and gain above the salvation of souls, which ought to be their concern, whereas those who ascribe honour to the Lord and not to themselves set the salvation of souls above honour and gain.

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