The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
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...
'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...
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...
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....
'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...
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
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 Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
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...
'Solomon's temple' represents heaven and the church.
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...
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...
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
'South' denotes truth in light.
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....
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...
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...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
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...
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...
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...
To go forth, as in Genesis 19:14, signifies to recede from, or not to remain in [evil]. To go forth, as in Genesis 41:45, denotes...
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
"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...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
'A bruised reed' signifies feeble power or ability. 'A bruised reed shall he not break and the smoking flax shall he not quench,' as in...
Five also signifies all things of one part.
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...
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.