'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
'The son of a cow' signifies the celestial natural level and natural exterior good.
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
In Revelation 14:5, 'without fault' signifies people not caught in falsities, as also in Leviticus 21:17, 23, and 22:19-25.
For something to be “unleavened” means that it's been made without yeast. Since yeast is what makes bread rise and take on its airy texture,...
'Unleavened bread' signifies the holiness of love, or the holy of holies, so, pure love. The baking of unleavened bread is purification.
The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general....
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'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,...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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...
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...
'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.
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
A coat, as in Matthew 10:10, signifies interior natural truth, or truth of the natural principle. The Lord's coat without seam, woven from above throughout...
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
To gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
'Woven,' as in Exodus 28:32, signifies the celestial degree, or what relates to the will, because the will flows into the understanding and forms it.
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....
The crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...
Oil in the Bible represents the Lord’s love, so anointing someone (or something) with oil was a way to make that person (or object) a...
In a sense, the whole point of trying to accept the Lord and align ourselves with His love and His leading is so that we...
'The priesthood' represents the Lord regarding the work of salvation, because this proceeds from the divine good of his divine love. 'The priesthood of Aaron,...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
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 Lord is love itself, and that love is the ultimate source of all energy and thus of all life. It follows, then, that the...
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 blood of the
‘The blood of the grape’ signifies spiritual celestial good, which is the name given to the divine in heaven as it goes out from the...
The internal meaning of “blood” is a little tricky, because Swedenborg gives two meanings that seem quite different. In most cases, Swedenborg links blood with...
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...
Pouring out the vials upon the earth, which contained the plagues,' in Revelation 16:1, signifies influx of the reformed into the church, or into people...
Fat signifies the celestial principle. Fat things, full of marrow, signify goodnesses. Fat and blood signify interior goods and truths, and hence the Israelites, prior...
'The liver,' as in Exodus 29:13, signifies interior purification, and 'the caul above the liver,' the inferior good of the external or natural self.
'Kidneys,' as in Exodus 29:13, signify interior truths, or truths exploring, purifying, and correcting.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...
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...
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...
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...
'A ram' signifies the Lord’s divine spiritual nature pertaining to a person. 'A ram' signifies the good of innocence and charity in the internal self....
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
The two sticks, in Ezekiel 37:16-22, signify the celestial and spiritual kingdom of the Lord.
'Legs' signify the exteriors of the natural man.
Sweet' signifies delightful things from the good of truth and the truth of good. Everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to delightful and pleasant...
'To savor' relates to the perception of a thing.
'The right hand' signifies the whole of a person regarding intellectual power, and so, regarding faith. 'To place the right hand on the head,' signifies...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'The thumb and the great toe,' as in Exodus 29:20, signify the fulness of the intelligence, and power of truth from good in the internal...
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...
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...
'Tail' signifies the opposite extreme of the head, because the brain is continued to the tail through the spine, This is why the head and...
In Revelation 19:16, 'the Lord’s thigh' signifies the Word regarding its divine good. 'The thigh and loins' signify conjugial love, and because this is the...
The idea of a “loaf” in the Bible is very closely tied to the idea of “bread,” and is often used to mean bread: Jesus...
Cake denotes the conjunction of the spiritual and celestial principles, which appertained to the Lord, (Gen. 18:16.)
'Wafers,' as in Exodus 16:31, signify spiritual good. More generally, they signify the outermost celestial good in the external self.
'A wave' denotes life flowing in.
The breast (Ezek. 16:7), signifies natural good.
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
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....
'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...
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...
'Offerings' signify worship.
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'A boil' denotes something defiled by evils.
'A sojourner' or 'stranger,' as in Matthew 25:32, signifies someone who is willing to be instructed.
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
In Leviticus 6:16, 'Aaron and his sons eating the remainder' signifies a person’s reciprocation and making something one's own. This represents conjunction by means of...
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'Old waste places' signify the celestial aspects of faith.
'A lamb' signifies the good of the innocence of infancy. 'A lamb' signifies the Lord regarding His divine humanity. The lamb,' as in Revelation 8:11,...
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...
The Bible uses a somewhat dizzying array of unfamiliar measurement, leaving translators a choice between being accurate and confusing or inaccurate and clear. Since they...
Fine flour, as in Ezekiel 16:19, signifies the spiritual principle of charity.
A fourth part, or quarter, signifies the same as four.
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
'A hin' denotes the measurement of conjunction.
Food in the Bible represents the desire for good, and water and other drinks represent the understanding and true ideas we need to recognize what...
'Meal and farina' signifies the truth of faith, or truth from good.
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
Glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving signify the Lord's divine spiritual principle. Honor, virtue and might signify his divine celestial principle, as in Revelation 7:12.
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'The land of Rameses,' as in Genesis 47:11, signifies the inmost of the spiritual principle in the natural mind.
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...
In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.