'Moab,' in a positive sense, signifies people who are in natural good, and allow themselves to be easily seduced, but in an opposite sense, 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 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...
When the divine power of good or omnipotence is being discussed in the Word, then says 'Jehovah Zebaoth,' or 'Jehovah of hosts,' and also 'Lord,'...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'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...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
Because people are governed by angels and spirits, in Genesis 1:26 it says 'let us make man into our image.' But because the Lord alone...
'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...
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...
To go after or to follow, as in Genesis 24:8, signifies to be separated from the natural, and conjoined to the rational principle.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
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;...
To go up and to go down: in the Word, mention is made of going up and going down when speaking of going from one...
'Weeping' represents both sorrow and love.
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
Flight, as in Matthew 14:20, signifies removal from a state of the good of love and innocence. Flight, as in Mark 8:18, signifies the last...
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
In Jeremiah 20:4-5, 'wealth,' 'labor,' 'precious things,' and 'all the treasures of the kings of Judah' signify the knowledges of faith.
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...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'A spoiler,' as in Jeremiah 48:32, signifies evil and its derivative falsity.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
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...
To go out to meet, as in Genesis 14:17, signifies to submit themselves. To go out, as in Genesis 28:10, signifies to live more remotely....
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
'Tender of age' denotes the state of truths newly received not yet genuine.
'Lees' signify truths from good.
Our five senses correspond to spiritual affections, or the attraction we feel toward spiritual things. The sense of taste, according to the Writings, corresponds to...
'Scent' signifies perception.
'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...
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
To be ashamed (Gen 2:25) signifies to be in evil
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
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...
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
'Slaughter' signifies perdition and damnation. 'Slaughter' and 'a storm of slaughter,' signifies evils which destroy the goods of the church. 'The day of great slaughter'...
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
In Jeremiah 48:17, 'the strong staff' signifies power from good, 'and beautiful rod,' power from truth.
To “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...
'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the...
To come down (Gen. 11:5), is predicated of Jehovah, by reason of his being called the Highest. This is spoken according to appearance.
'To sit before Jehovah' is to be with Him, and so, it also means willing and acting from Him. 'To stand before Him,' is to...
Spoiler of Moab
'Spoiler of Moab,' as in Jeremiah 48:18, signifies the defilement of the literal sense of the Word.
'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...
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...
'To wail and howl,' as in Micah 1:8, signifies the grief of the angels of heaven and the people of the church, where the church...
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
'Holon, Jahazah, Mephaath, Dibon, Nebo, Beth-diblathaim, Kiriathaim, Beth-gamu, Beth-meon, Kerioth, Bozrah,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 48:21-26, signify the kinds of the false principle, whereby those...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'A horn,' when spoken of the Lord, signifies omnipotence. 'The little horn that rose up,' as mentioned in Daniel 7:3-8, signifies the full perversion of...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
'To be led by the Lord' is to be in a state of essential liberty, blessedness, and happiness.
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...
'A turtle dove' and 'young pigeon,' as in Genesis 15:9, represents exterior and interior spiritual things.
To make a nest,' as in Jeremiah 48:28, when related to a bird, signifies the same thing as 'to dwell,' which is fulfilling the duties...
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
'Pride' signifies the love of self.
'The loftiness of man' (literally 'snares' in Hebrew) signifies the pride of a person's own intelligence.
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...
'A wall' signifies truth in outer extremes. 'A wall,' as in Revelation 21, signifies the divine truth proceeding from the Lord, and so, the truth...
'Sibmah' signifies the members of the external church, who explain the Word to favor worldly love.
'Weeping with a loud voice' signifies the ultimate of grief.
'Weeping and wailing,' as in Revelation 18:15, signifies grief of the soul and heart, and so it has reference to the understanding and the will.
Nebo, Kiriathaim, Misgab, Sibmah, Jaser, and Chemosh,' as in Jeremiah 48:1, signify the false principles which taint people who are principled in natural good.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
These verbs in the Bible indicate a conflict between two spiritual states, and the effort it takes to attain the higher state. It's easy to...
'The treaders shall tread out no wine in the presses,' as in Isaiah 16:10, signifies that there were no longer any faithful.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Pipes' signify the joys of the affection of the knowledges of good and truth.
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....
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
'Hairs of the head, the beard, and the feet,' as mentioned in Isaiah 7:20, signify the following things: 'Hairs of the head' signify the outermost...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
Swedenborg tell us that in terms of measurement, height relates to the desire for good and breadth relates to the knowledge of truth. Following that,...
The common sense is where all particular sensation subsists.
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
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...
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...
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...
'To be in a snare' signifies being taken and seduced by one’s own evil and falsity.
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
The end time of the church and each individual, is called 'the visitation,' and precedes judgment. 'Visitation' is nothing but an exploration of the quality...
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
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...
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...
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....
'A tumult,' as in Isaiah 8:4, signifies eager desire to combat against truths.
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
"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 be in prison,' as in Revelation 2:10, signifies being infested by evils from hell, because this is like being bound in prison, because they...
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
Captivity and spoil (Daniel 11:33) signifies the deprivation of every truth and good.
'Great judgments' signify the laws of divine order, or divine truths.