commandment to eat from every tree that is in paradise, but not to eat from the tree in which there is the discernment of good and evil. That is, it was not to enjoy it, because by eating from it it would violate and corrupt the ordered integrity of its nature.
What the Four Rivers Mean
13. The river that came forth from Eden, that is, from delights, pleasure, and feasts, is referred to by the prophet in the Psalms, when he says, "You will give them to drink from the torrent of your pleasure." 62. For Eden is called "pleasure" in Latin. The river divides into four parts and signifies the four virtues: prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice. 63. The Phison is now called the Ganges, the Geon the Nile, as can be seen in the Prophet Jeremiah as well. 64. In the same way the Tiber is the river that was previously called the Albula, 65. while the Tigris and the Euphrates have the same names even now. These names signify the spiritual virtues, as I have said. The translation of their names shows this as well, if one considers the Hebrew or Syrian language. 66. In this way, though Jerusalem is a visible and earthly place, it nonetheless spiritually signifies the city of peace, and though Sion is a mountain on earth, it signifies contemplation, and this name is often transferred in the allegories of the Scriptures to understanding spiritual things. 67. Thus the one who went____________________