'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...
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...
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
Feathers signify spiritual good, from which truth is derived.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'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...
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...
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
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...
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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
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 horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
Forces denote the power of truth.
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....
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
'Wood' signifies good, as well the good of love to the Lord as the good of charity towards our neighbor.