The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 301
Other references to this chapter:
Divine Love and Wisdom 383
Doctrine of the Lord 49
Sacred Scripture 87
References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:
Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 23
1 Chronicles 29:17
Acts of the Apostles 15:9
1 John 1:8
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
'Weak eyed' relates to the understanding.
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...
'Transgressions' or 'trespasses' denote such evils as are done against the truths of faith.
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'Secret' or 'hidden' signifies the inward part of a person. 'The secret place' signifies where the Lord is.
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'Wisdom,' as in Revelation 5, related to the Lord, signifies His divine providence.
'Hyssop,' as mentioned in Exodus 12:22, signifies external truth, which is a medium of purification. It also signifies external good. See Numbers 19:6, 18....
'Snow' signifies truth in extremes, because it is water, which signifies the truths of faith. It also relates to truth because it is white. 'Snow,'...
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...
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...
Feelings of joy and rejoicing flow from our affections, not from our thoughts. Some people might argue that that's not true, that you can rejoice...
'To hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:15, signifies being in evils and in falsities...
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...
'Bound up transgressions,' as in Lamentations 1:14, stands for falsities coming up towards interior or rational things.
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.
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...
There are two aspects to the life of each person. We might call them "heart" and "mind," a part of us that wants and feels...
In the Word, the 'Holy spirit' means divine truth, and also the divine virtue and operation that proceed from God. (True Christian Religion 139)In another...
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...
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...
'Salvation, to the Lord our God,' as in Revelation 19:1, signifies an acknowledgment and confession that salvation is from the Lord.
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....
'The tongue,' as an organ, signifies doctrine, but as speech, or language, it signifies religion. 'Tongue' signifies perception of truth with respect to speech, and...
The word "righteous" has taken on a bit of negative shading in modern language. That may be because we hear it most often as part...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
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...
'Shew' signifies instruction to the life.
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...
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...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
'To be satisfied with favor' signifies being filled with the good of love, and 'to be full with the blessings of the Lord' signifies being...
There are really two meanings for "build" in the Bible. When something is being built for the first time, or built in the most typical...
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
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Create in Me a Clean Heart
This project can help us think about whether our thoughts and actions are creating a clean heart within us or not. If we are working with the Lord on having a clean heart, it can improve our marriage and our relationship with the Lord as well.
Project | Ages over 11
Lord Helps Us Have a Loving Heart
It is the Lord who gives us true marriage love and who helps us make our hearts "clean" so make a picture of the Lord in the center of a large paper heart and put gold glitter all around!
Project | Ages up to 6
Prayers for Adults: The Holy Supper
Activity | Ages over 18
Prayers for Teens: The Holy Supper
Activity | Ages 15 - 17