9. How these make one in things below or external to man, both in those of the animal kingdom and in those of the vegetable kingdom, will be shown in many places in what follows. Before this is done these three things must be set forth: First. In the universe, and in all things in general and in particular therein which were created by the Lord, there was a marriage of good and truth. Second. After creation, this marriage was severed in man. Third. It is of the Divine Providence that what has been severed should be made one, and thus that the marriage of good and truth should be restored. As these three premises are fully confirmed in the treatise THE DIVINE LOVE AND WISDOM, further proof is unnecessary. Moreover, everyone may see from reason that as there was from creation a marriage of good and truth in every created thing, and as this marriage was afterwards severed, the Lord is constantly working to restore it; and therefore that its restoration, and the consequent conjunction of the created universe with the Lord through man, is of the Divine Providence.