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.
'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 the good and truth of the church in every degree.
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
'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...
'Tongs and snuff-dishes,' as in Exodus 25:38, signify things in the natural degree that serve to purify and clean.
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
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...
For something to be cast down or cast out generally refers to a rather dramatic move from a higher spiritual state to a lower one....
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...
'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.
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...
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
Laver of brass
A laver of brass,' as in Exodus 30:18, signifies the good of the natural self, in which purification takes place. 'Lavers' signify the natural, and...
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
'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...
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'South' denotes truth in light.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
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...
'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.
'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...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
'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.
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...
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
'Woven,' as in Exodus 28:32, signifies the celestial degree, or what relates to the will, because the will flows into the understanding and forms it.
'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...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
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 command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'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...
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...
'Hur' signifies the truth of doctrine.
'A tribe' signifies the church with respect to its truths and goods, and in the opposite sense, with respect to its falsities and evils. 'A...
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 tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...
'A worker of stone' denotes the good of love, in people who become regenerate.
'A tapestry' denotes truths in the outer edge heavens.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
Works, emeralds, purple broidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate, (Ezek. 27:16), signify knowledges of good.
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
'Spent,' as in Genesis 21:15, signifies being desolated.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Nine' signifies conjunction.
'Talents' denote good and truth from the Lord received as remains.
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,...
'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,...
'A standard' denotes a congregation gathering together and the Lord’s protection.
'Old waste places' signify the celestial aspects of faith.
'To look upwards' or 'forwards' signifies looking to celestial things, but 'to look downwards' or 'backwards' signifies looking towards bodily and earthly things, as in...
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
'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...
'Seventy-two' denotes all aspects of charity and faith.
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...
Four hundred signifies vastation, temptations, and the duration thereof.
'A well,' as in Numbers 21:17-18, signifies the Word of the ancient church. 'A well,' or 'pit,' as in Luke 14:5, signifies falsity and the...