'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
'Mizpah,' as in Genesis 31:49, signifies the quality of the Lord’s presence with people who are principled in the goods of works, or with the...
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.
'Pollution' denotes the truth of faith defiled.
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...
To 'stumble' denotes being scandalized or offended, and falling, as a result, from truths into falsities.
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...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
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....
Gibeah, as in 2 Samuel 6, signifies the natural or ultimate principle of the church. Gibeah, Ramah, and Bethaven, as in Hosea 5:8, denote those...
'Ramah' denotes things that pertain to spiritual truth derived from celestial truth.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
Also, Benjamin signifies the Word in its ultimate sense (Deut. 33:12)
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...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
A border as in Isaiah 54:12 signifies the scientific and sensual principle. "And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand-breath round about."...
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
'A moth' denotes falsities and evils in the extreme borders of the natural mind. 'A moth' corresponds to evil uses.
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 sickness prior to death means a movement towards regeneration, so the next stage towards it. A person is by nature in a state of...
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...