'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...
'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...
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
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...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Idols of stone signify worship from falsities of doctrine. Idols of wood signify worship from evils of doctrine. Idols of silver signify worship from what...
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...
"Drawing" is used a number of different ways in the Bible, generally in the sense of pulling, leading or moving: People most commonly draw water,...
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...
To revile something – or "reproach," as it is often translated – represents making a direct and deliberate attack on what is spiritually true, in...
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'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 general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...
The word "stranger" is used many times in the Bible, and it is sometimes paired with the word "sojourner". They are different concepts in the...
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
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.
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
'Pollution' denotes the truth of faith defiled.
'Separation' of good from evil explained.
'The neighbor' is not only an individual person, but also people collectively, as a less or greater society, our country, the church, the Lord’s kingdom,...
The Lord calls people who are in truth from the good of charity from Him 'sisters,' as in Matthew 12:50. 'Sister' denotes intellectual truth, when...
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
The meaning of "scatter" in the Bible is relatively literal, but it is used in regard to spiritual things, not natural ones. So to "scatter"...
Uncleanness and scum, as in Ezekiel 24:11, signifies evil and falsity.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
The dross, mentioned in Isaiah 1:22, signifies falsity.
'Tin,' as in Ezekiel 22:18, has respect to the literal sense of the Word, or the goods and truths of the natural self.
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
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...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
Fury is a receding from good, and anger is a receding from truth.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
'Produce' denotes fruit derived from the good of charity, and truth of faith.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
'A wolf' signifies eagerness to seize, but also eagerness to rescue and deliver the good.
Gain denotes every false principle derived from evil, which perverts the judgment of the mind.
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...
'Vanity' signifies evil and the falsity of evil. 'Vanities of strangers' signifies falsities of religion.
'Oppression' signifies destruction of truth by falsities.
'Poor' signifies someone who is not in truths, and people who are ignorant of good and truth, but desire instruction.
In most cases, those described as "needy" in the Bible are those who lack true knowledge of the Lord and his teachings, but have a...
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...
A breach (Gen. 38:29) signifies the infraction and perversion of truth, by separation from good. A breach signifies falsity of doctrine, and the stroke of...
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
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....