'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
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...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
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 Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'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...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'South' denotes truth in light.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
Flax, as in Exodus 9:31, signifies truth of the natural exterior principle. A smoking flax, as in Isaiah 42:3, signifies a little of truth from...
'A bruised reed' signifies feeble power or ability. 'A bruised reed shall he not break and the smoking flax shall he not quench,' as in...
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
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...
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.
son of man
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to 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...
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...
'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...
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...
'Shew' signifies instruction to the life.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
To "declare" something means to say it formally, publicly and with emphasis; you might say what you think, but you only declare things you're sure...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
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...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Steps,' as in Exodus 20:26, signify ascent to higher or interior degrees.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...
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...
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
'Thirteen,' between twelve and fourteen, denotes the intermediate state. 'Thirteen,' as the sum of ten and three, denotes remains.
A help-meet for him,' or 'a help as before him,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:18, signifies proprium, or what is one's own. However, whereas the...
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
The roof of a house is its highest point, and the part most exposed to the sun. So it makes sense that in the Bible,...
'Sixty' means the full time and state of the implantation of truth.
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....
'Window' signifies truth in the light.
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
'The first and the last' signifies that the Lord is the only God.
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
The Bible uses a somewhat dizzying array of unfamiliar measurement, leaving translators a choice between being accurate and confusing or inaccurate and clear. Since they...
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
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...
The phrase 'hewn stone,' as in Isaiah 9:10, denotes something fictitious.
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
Instruments of music,' according to correspondences, signify the pleasant and delightful affection of spiritual and celestial things. Therefore, also in many of the Psalms of...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
Sons of Levi
'The sons of Levi,' as in Deuteronomy 21:5, signify the affection of good and truth, which is charity.
'Levi' signifies truth in practice, which is the good of life. 'Levi,' in the highest sense, signifies love and mercy, in a spiritual sense, he...
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
Four square signifies what is just, because it has four sides, and its four sides look towards, or respect equally, the four quarters, which is...
'Square' signifies righteousness.