'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 Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
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...
Fear has various significations according to the thing which causes it. Fear signifies love. Fear, as in Gen 28:17, signifies a holy change.
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...
Because people are governed by angels and spirits, in Genesis 1:26 it says 'let us make man into our image.' But because the Lord alone...
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...
'The poison of dragons' and 'the venom of asps,' as in Deuteronomy 32, signifies the enormous falsity from falsified truths of the Word.
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
Grief is anxiety of heart or will.
On a natural level, there are a variety of things that can cause shame. We might be ashamed of physical weakness or ugliness; we might...
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
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 grow’ signifies to be perfected.
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...
Gibeah, as in 2 Samuel 6, signifies the natural or ultimate principle of the church. Gibeah, Ramah, and Bethaven, as in Hosea 5:8, denote those...
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....
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'To overtake' denotes communication and influx.
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...
'Bound up transgressions,' as in Lamentations 1:14, stands for falsities coming up towards interior or rational things.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'The neck' signifies influx and the communication of interior and exterior levels and the following conjunction. The inmost or third heaven has reference to the...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
'Justice' signifies both good and truth.
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...
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Ploughing' denotes preparation for good to receive truths.
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...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.