'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,...
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...
Curtains (Exod. 26) signify the interior truths of faith, which are of the new intellectual principle. Curtains and cords (Jer. 4:20, and 10:20), signify spiritual...
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
'A workman,' as in Hosea 8:6, signifies a person’s proprium or selfhood. 'A workman,' as in Zechariah 1:20, signifies the same thing as 'iron,' that...
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Cord of formlessness,' and 'the stone of the void,' as in Isaiah 34:11, signify the desolation and vastation of truth.
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....
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...
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
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...
'Satyrs,' as in Isaiah 13:21, signify goods adulterated.
The hair is the very outermost part of the body, and "hair" in the Bible represents the outermost expression of whatever the body represents. In...
'To pitch a tent,' as in Genesis 12:8, denotes conjunction.
'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...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'Upright' signifies truth originating in charity. Truth may be derived from various origins, but what originates in the good of charity from the Lord is...
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
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...
'South' denotes truth in light.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...
'Spoil of gold, and silver, and cattle' signifies falsified truths.
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'The west' signifies people in obscured good, and in an opposite sense, people in evil. 'The west' signifies the affection of truth.
In Genesis 41:42 and Luke 16:22, 'to give a ring' signifies something that confirms power.
Forming from the womb, as in Isaiah 44:2, 24; 49:1, 5, signifies the reformer. For references to the Lord as Reformer and Regenerator, see Doctrine...
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
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...
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
There are three arks mentioned in the Word, the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes for the baby Moses, and the ark of the...
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...
'Needlework,' as in Exodus 26:36, signifies the scientific principle.