'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.
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 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...
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
To "answer" generally indicates a state of spiritual receptivity. Ultimately this means being receptive to the Lord, who is constantly trying to pour true ideas...
The belly (Psalms 16:4) signifies the interior understanding.
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
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...
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...
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...
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' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
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....
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"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,"...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...
'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.
'Vomit' relates to the falsification of divine truth.