295. II. THE WICKED ARE CONTINUALLY LEADING THEMSELVES INTO EVILS, BUT THE LORD IS CONTINUALLY LEADING THEM AWAY FROM EVILS. The nature of the Divine Providence with the good is more easily comprehended than its nature with the wicked, and as the latter is now under consideration it will be set forth in the following order:
1. There are innumerable things in every evil.
2. A wicked man from himself continually leads himself more and more deeply into his evils.
3. The Divine Providence with the wicked is a continual permission of evil, to the end that there may be a continual withdrawal from it.
4. The withdrawal from evil is effected by the Lord in a thousand ways that are most secret.