The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
Female signifies good.
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.
Adam is one of the most crucial and most controversial figures in the Bible, dividing even the faithful into camps: those who believe he literally...
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,"...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
"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...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
Cainan (Gen. 5:12) signifies a fourth church from Adam.
'Mahalaleel,' as in Genesis 5:12, signifies a fifth church from Adam. The life of people who constituted this church was such, that they preferred the...
'Jared' in Genesis 5:15, signifies a sixth church from Adam.
'Hanoch' denotes those who are in the truth of faith.
'Methuselah,' as in Genesis 5:21, signifies the eighth church, or spiritual era, after Adam.
Enoch (Gen. 5:18) signifies the seventh church from Adam, and which consisted of those who had framed doctrines out of the things which had been...
Lamech,' as in Genesis 4:18, signifies the vastation of the church when there was no longer any faith. Lamech,' as in Genesis 5:25, signifies the...
'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...
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...
Swedenborg tells us that space and time in the physical world correspond to states of life in the spiritual world. So when the Bible talks...
'Shem,' as in Genesis 10:21, signifies the ancient church in general.