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 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...
'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...
Gad, in a supreme sense, signifies omnipotence; in a spiritual sense, the good of life, or use; and in a natural sense, works. Gad, in...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
The children of Ammon ('Jeremiah 49:1'), signify those who falsify the truths of the Word, and of the church.
'Heshbon,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:3, signifies the fructification of truth in the natural self.
'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.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
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...
"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...
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
'Inhabit' refers to good.
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...
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...
Esau (Gen. 28:5, etc.) signifies the truth of good in the natural principle. Esau (Gen. 32:3) signifies celestial good in the natural principle.
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
"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,"...
"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...
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
'Pride' signifies the love of self.
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
There are thoughts from perception, from conscience, and from a lack of conscience. Thoughts from perception are only possible in the celestial, that is, people...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'To tremble,' as in Jeremiah 10:10, relates to the church when falsities are believed and called truths.
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
'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...
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
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...
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'Kedar' or 'Arabia' signifies spiritual good. Kedar' denotes people of the Gentiles who are in simple truth. 'Arabia' signifies the same thing.
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
Those who are 'anxious' are not content with their own lot, and do not trust the Divine, but only themselves. They only look to worldly...
A camel (Matt. 22:24) signifies scientific knowledge. Camels are confirming scientifics, and cattle are the knowledges of good and truth (Jer. 49:32.)
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
'The inhabitants of Hazor,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:30, signify those who possess spiritual riches, which are the things of faith. 'Hazor,' as mentioned in...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
Jeremiah, in the Book of Jeremiah 1:1 and what follows, represents the Lord. (Arcana Coelestia 2838 ). In Jeremiah 13:7, he signifies the state of...
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....
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.
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...
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'The Lord's throne' signifies, in general, the whole heaven, and specifically, the spiritual heaven, and by extension, divine truth proceeding, and so, everything of heaven...
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...