The three professions

While I was in the Vale of Beavor the Lord opened to me three things, relating to those three great professions in the world, physic, divinity (so called) and law. He showed me that the physicians and doctors of physic were out of the wisdom of God, by which the creatures were made; and so knew not their virtues. He showed me that the priests were out of the true faith, which Christ is the author of. He showed me also that the lawyers were out of the equity and out of the true justice, and out of the law of God. And that these three ruled the world out of the wisdom, out of the faith, and out of the equity and law of God; the one pretending the cure of the body, the other the cure of the soul, and the third the property of the people. But I saw they were all out of wisdom, out of the faith, and out of the equity and perfect law of God.

As the Lord opened these things unto me, I felt his power went forth over all, by which all might be reformed if they would receive and bow unto it. The priests might be reformed, and brought into the true faith which was the gift of God. The lawyers might be reformed, and brought into the law of God, which answers that of God, which is transgressed in everyone, and brings to love one's neighbour as himself. This lets man see that if he wrongs his neighbour he wrongs himself; and this teaches him to do unto others as he would they should do unto him. The physicians might be reformed, and brought into the wisdom of God by which all things were made and created; that they might receive the right knowledge of them and understand their virtues, which the word of wisdom by which they were made and are upheld has given them. Abundance was opened concerning these things.