'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
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...
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'Square' signifies righteousness.
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...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
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 "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...
'Tongs and snuff-dishes,' as in Exodus 25:38, signify things in the natural degree that serve to purify and clean.
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...
'Mount Olivet' signifies the celestial church, or celestial good, which comes from love towards the Lord, and divine love.
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...
'South' denotes truth in light.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'The land of the south,' as in Genesis 24:62, signifies divine light, for 'the south' signifies light, and the light of intelligence, which is wisdom,...
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
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...
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
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...
'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...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
'Spoil of gold, and silver, and cattle' signifies falsified truths.
'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...
'The west' signifies people in obscured good, and in an opposite sense, people in evil. 'The west' signifies the affection of truth.
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....
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...
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
'Scarlet,' as in Isaiah 1:18, signifies truth derived from good, or truth from a celestial origin, such as is the truth of the Word in...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
'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...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...
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....
'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...
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...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Olives' signify good.
The light of a lamp' signifies illumination from the Lord. A lamp,' as in Revelation 22, signifies natural light from self-derived intelligence. 'A lamp' signifies...
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
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...
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...
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...
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.