'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...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...
'To be in a snare' signifies being taken and seduced by one’s own evil and falsity.
'Mizpah,' as in Genesis 31:49, signifies the quality of the Lord’s presence with people who are principled in the goods of works, or with the...
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
'And [Tyre] shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication,' as in Isaiah 23:17, signifies the vaunting and boasting of falsity.
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Spirit of whoredoms
'Spirit of whoredoms,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies a life of falsity grounded in evil.
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...
'Pride' signifies the love of self.
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
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.
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
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,"...
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'Possessions' are spiritual riches, which are knowledges from the Word.
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.
Gibeah, as in 2 Samuel 6, signifies the natural or ultimate principle of the church. Gibeah, Ramah, and Bethaven, as in Hosea 5:8, denote those...
'Ramah' denotes things that pertain to spiritual truth derived from celestial truth.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
'The tribe of Zebulon' signifies the conjunction of people in the third heaven with the Lord, 'the tribe of Joseph,' the conjunction of people in...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
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 general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
In natural language the word "manifest" simply means to make something clear or obvious. A unique use, in fact, has to do with shipping; a...
As with many verbs, the meaning of "remove" in the Bible varies a good bit depending on context. It generally involves a separation of spiritual...
Pouring out the vials upon the earth, which contained the plagues,' in Revelation 16:1, signifies influx of the reformed into the church, or into people...
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...
'A moth' denotes falsities and evils in the extreme borders of the natural mind. 'A moth' corresponds to evil uses.
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...
'The sickness prior to death means a movement towards regeneration, so the next stage towards it. A person is by nature in a state of...
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
In Hosea 5:13, 'the Assyrian' and 'King Jareb' signify the rational principle, perverted of its good and of its truth.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.