In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
son of man
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the...
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
Feathers signify spiritual good, from which truth is derived.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
Land of Canaan
The land of Canaan' in the Word, means love, and consequently, the will of the celestial self.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Merchants' signify people who have knowledges of good and truth. Merchants,' as in Nahum 3:16, signify people who falsify the Word, and communicate, and sell.
the seed of
'The seed of Sihor,' as in Isaiah 23:3, signifies scientific truth.
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
A branch (Matt. 24:32) signifies affection, for affection springs and flourishes from good as a branch Springs from its trunk. A branch (Mal. 4:1) denotes...
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...
A pit,' or 'well which has no water,' as in Jeremiah 2:13, signifies doctrines which have no truths.
Imagine having your mother touch your cheek. Then imagine having your spouse or someone you love romantically touch your cheek. Then imagine having a baby...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
An oath' or 'swearing' signifies confirmation and conjunction.
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...
In the most ancient church, their method of expressing themselves was such, that when they mentioned earthly and worldly things, they thought of the spiritual...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'Pharaoh' signifies scientific ideas, or the natural principle in general. 'Pharaoh' signifies false ideas infesting the truth of the church. Pharaoh,' in Genesis 40, represents...
Forces denote the power of truth.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
Trees of the field
'The trees of the field,' as in Ezekiel 31:15, signify the knowledges of truth in the church.
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...