'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...
A help-meet for him,' or 'a help as before him,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:18, signifies proprium, or what is one's own. However, whereas the...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
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....
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'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...
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
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...
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...
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
A pillar of a cloud by day,' and 'a pillar of fire by night,' as in Exodus 8:21, signifies a state of illustration which is...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Solomon's temple' represents heaven and the church.
'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...
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...
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....
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
'South' denotes truth in light.
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....
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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...
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...
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...
To go out to meet, as in Genesis 14:17, signifies to submit themselves. To go out, as in Genesis 28:10, signifies to live more remotely....
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Robes,' as in Revelation 7, signify truths of defense. Before they were washed they signified falsities. People in falsities from ignorance in the spiritual world,...
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.