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...
'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...
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 number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Wealth' signifies scientific knowledge, as seen in several passages in the Word.
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...
Vision is the innermost revelation, which is of perception. Visions are according to the state of humankind. The visions of people whose interiors are closed,...
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...
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
A dove (Gen. 8.) signifies goodness and truth. A dove, as in Hosea 11:11, signifies rational good.
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'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...
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.
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....
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
'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,...
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...
'What satisfies' is what nourishes the soul.
There are two ways something can be filled: It can be filled with something bad against the wishes of its owner, or it can be...
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...
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...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...