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...
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 'swallow up,' as in Genesis 41:21, signifies extermination.
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.
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...
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
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...
The belly (Psalms 16:4) signifies the interior understanding.
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
A flood signifies truths in abundance. The flood, as in Genesis 7, not only signifies the temptations which the man of the church called Noah...
'Passed' or 'expired' denotes the conclusion of whatever state is being discussed.
Water in the Bible represents true ideas about natural, external things – day-to-day life and physical existence. The sea represents the whole collection we have...
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...
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...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'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...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
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...
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....
"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,"...
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'To observe' stands for all aspects of the Word in general.
'Vanity' signifies evil and the falsity of evil. 'Vanities of strangers' signifies falsities of religion.
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...
In regular language, "mercy" means being caring and compassionate toward those who are in poor states. That's a position we are all in relative to...
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...
'Salvation, to the Lord our God,' as in Revelation 19:1, signifies an acknowledgment and confession that salvation is from the Lord.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Vomit' relates to the falsification of divine truth.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.