'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...
'Shem,' as in Genesis 10:21, signifies the ancient church in general.
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...
‘Gomer’ denotes those who are in outward worship.
'Magog' signifies people in external natural worship.
'Tiras,' as in Genesis 10:2, was one of the nations practicing external worship corresponding with internal. These nations, in an internal sense, signify several doctrines,...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
'Nimrod,' as in Genesis 10, signifies people who make internal worship external by depending upon external worship alone.
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...
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...
In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
To build something generally means to put together a variety of simpler pieces to make a useful and more complex structure, as to build a...
Calah (Gen. 10:12) signifies falsity derived from evil lusts.
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;...
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Lydians,' as in Jeremiah 46:8, signify fact based rituals.
'Lehabim' signify the rituals of external worship, from a merely scientific perspective.
'Naphtuhim' signify external rituals of worship.
When the Bible talks about generations or birth order, the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual states and their relative importance....
The Hivites' represent those who were in idolatry, but in which there was something of good.
Gerar, as in Genesis 10:19, signifies those things which are revealed concerning faith.
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.
"Sodom" in the Bible represents the love of self and the love of ruling or dominating others springing from the love of self. This is...
Elam, mentioned in Isaiah 21:1, signifies faith originating in charity, consequently, the internal church. Elam, in Jeremiah 49:34, (Jer. 49:34), signifies the falsification of doctrine....
'Lud,' as in Genesis 10:22, signifies the knowledge of truth.
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.
'Hul' signifies so many several kinds of knowledges derived from the knowledges of good.
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...
'Peleg,' as in Genesis 10:25, signifies the internal worship of the ancient church called Eber. Peleg,' as in Genesis 11:16, being mentioned as the son...
Joktan,' as in Genesis 10:25, signifies the external worship in the church called Eber.
Almodad (Genesis 10:26) was a ritual of the ancient church amongst the posterity of Eber.
Hadoram, as mentioned in Genesis 27, signifies a ritual of the church called 'Eber.'
'Obal,' as in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber.
Abimael (Gen 10:28), represents the ritual of the church called Eber.
'Sephar,' as in Genesis 10:30, signifies good.
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...