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...
'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...
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...
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.
'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...
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...
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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...
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
The Writings tell us that shepherds represent those who lead and teach others, using knowledge and true ideas to help people reach the goodness of...
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....
'Sharon, Bashan, and Carmel' signify the church regarding the knowledges of good and truth from the natural sense of the Word.
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
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 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...
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.
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 iron pan,' as in Ezekiel 4:3, signifies the truth that was falsified and adulterated among the Jewish people.
'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...
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...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
To “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
'The inhabitants of Teman,' as in Jeremiah 49:20, signifies the evils and falsities opposed to the Lord’s celestial kingdom.
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'To be satisfied with favor' signifies being filled with the good of love, and 'to be full with the blessings of the Lord' signifies being...
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.
There are only a couple of references in the Writings to "close" used as a verb, and both stem from Amos 9:11, which talks about...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
'To shut up' denotes what has been vastated, or is no more.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
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....
Ammonite and Moabite ('Deuteronomy 23:3'), signify the profanation of the celestial and spiritual things of faith.
To be with child, (Gen. 38:24), signifies to produce something.
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
'Shouting, singing, and playing' have respect to spiritual things.
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
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...