ITS ON THE DIVINE INTUITION
help, and brings itself into pleasure of its will,
and holds that for its kingdom of heaven. But
when for it the outer light is extinguished in death,
it then stands in eternal despair, and neither sees
any deliverer about nor within it.
41. But the wise man becomes in this time to
himself a fool, and learns to hate his folly (which
folly Reason regards as prudence). Accordingly
his wisdom (which the world regards as folly)
must be a foolishness to Reason, at which it is
scandalized. And so also God in the wise man
hates the foolish mortal life, just as the wise man
hates it himself, in order that the true divine life
may rule in him with the understanding. And
therefore 'with God there is no regret for the
mortal body of the wise man ; for he comprehends
his divine Ens in him in his spirit and will, and lets
the body of folly with the foolish descend into its
grave, till the day of the separation of all beings.
42. And Reason understands not this ; there-
fore it is foolish. And a man should be a man,
not according to folly, but according to God's
Spirit; and judge what is divine, not according to
image-like [creaturely] Reason, for it is written:
He that builds on the flesh (viz. on the mortal
Reason of his own will) shall of the flesh inherit
corruption; but he that builds on the spirit (viz.
on the divine will), and places his will in the hope
of the divine promise, shall of the spirit inherit
eternal life (Gal. vi. 8).