'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...
'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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Offerings' signify worship.
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
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...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
A pit,' or 'well which has no water,' as in Jeremiah 2:13, signifies doctrines which have no truths.
Rope or cord denotes conjunction.
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
To go after or to follow, as in Genesis 24:8, signifies to be separated from the natural, and conjoined to the rational principle.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
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...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
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....
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'A turtle dove' and 'young pigeon,' as in Genesis 15:9, represents exterior and interior spiritual things.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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...
The spiritual meaning of being deceitful is pretty close to the literal meaning: According to the Writings it means using false thinking and logic to...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.