'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
'Square' signifies righteousness.
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...
In Isaiah 19:20, 'savior' relates to the Lord regarding the good of love, and 'great one,' regarding the truths of faith from Him.
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...
As with many verbs, the meaning of "remove" in the Bible varies a good bit depending on context. It generally involves a separation of spiritual...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
'Justice' signifies both good and truth.
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...
The balances mentioned in Revelation 6:5 signify the estimation of goodness and truth.
Varieties of food in the Bible represent the many ways we experience a desire for good; varieties of drink represent the many ways we can...
A 'Homer,' or 'measure' denotes a sufficient quantity.
'A shekel' signifies the price or estimation of good and truth, and 'half a shekel' signifies the determination of the quantity thereof.
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
Because 'six' means completeness, the words 'to divide into six' or 'give a sixth part,' came into use. In a spiritual sense, this means completeness,...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and vetches,' as in Ezekiel 4:9, 12, signify various kinds of good, and their derivative truths. Bread, or a cake,...
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...
The Bible uses a somewhat dizzying array of unfamiliar measurement, leaving translators a choice between being accurate and confusing or inaccurate and clear. Since they...
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...
'Offerings' signify worship.
In Exodus 31:13, 'verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep,' signifies continuous holy thought about the union of the Lord’s divine with His human.
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
'The first and the last' signifies that the Lord is the only God.
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
'The son of a cow' signifies the celestial natural level and natural exterior good.
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‘The blood of the grape’ signifies spiritual celestial good, which is the name given to the divine in heaven as it goes out from the...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
'The Passover,' in Exodus 12, 27, signifies the presence of the Lord and His liberation from damnation of the people of the spiritual church. 'The...
'The feast of weeks' signifies the implanting of truth in good.
'Unleavened bread' signifies the holiness of love, or the holy of holies, so, pure love. The baking of unleavened bread is purification.
For something to be “unleavened” means that it's been made without yeast. Since yeast is what makes bread rise and take on its airy texture,...
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...
From correspondences, a goat signifies the natural man. The goat which was sacrificed, as in Leviticus 16:5-10, signifies the natural man regarding a part purified,...
'A ram' signifies the Lord’s divine spiritual nature pertaining to a person. 'A ram' signifies the good of innocence and charity in the internal self....
'A hin' denotes the measurement of conjunction.