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...
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...
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.
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
To come down (Gen. 11:5), is predicated of Jehovah, by reason of his being called the Highest. This is spoken according to appearance.
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
'The valley of Siddim' signifies the uncleanness of lust, and the falsities derived from them.
Valley of Jehoshaphat
'The valley of Jehoshaphat' signifies the falsification of the Word.
In the Bible, King Jehoshaphat of Judah is mentioned in the first Book of Kings, in Chapters 21 and 22. He comes to the throne...
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...
'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...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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...
A boy (Gen. 18:7) signifies the natural man, and consequently, him who ministers and administers. Boy (Gen. 22:3) signifies the Lord's former rational principle merely...
In the Word, the words 'virgin' and 'girl' are used, although the word translated 'girl' rarely occurs in the original language. In Exodus 2:8, 'a...
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
'Palestina,' as in Exodus 15:14, signifies the same thing as Philisthea.
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...
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....
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Money' relates to truth.
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....
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The sons of the Javanites,' as in Joel 3:6, signify worship in externals, separate from the internal.
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
Greeks, as in Joel 3:6, signify the falsities of evil. Also the gentiles who are in falsities.
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
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...
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...
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...
'Awake' denotes a clear state.
'Nigh' denotes truth in affinity with good.
'Ploughshares,; as in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3, signify the goods of the church which are perfected, or set forth by truths.
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...
'A lancet' signifies truth.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Zion, in 1 Kings 8:1 and Revelation 14:1 signifies heaven and the church where the Lord alone is worshipped. (Apocalypse Revealed 612). Zion, in the...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
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...
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
The Word is sometimes called 'a well,' and sometimes 'a fountain.' It is called 'a well' regarding the literal sense, and 'a fountain' regarding the...
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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,...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
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...