'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...
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
'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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
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 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...
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
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...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
Rope or cord denotes conjunction.
Jaws,' in Isaiah 30:28, signify thoughts from the sensory bodily principle, and so: thoughts from fallacies.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
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...
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...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
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...
Roar as a lion
'To roar like a lion,' as in Isaiah 31:4, which refers to Jehovah, signifies the ardent affection of defending heaven and the church against evils...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
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....
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'A turtle dove' and 'young pigeon,' as in Genesis 15:9, represents exterior and interior spiritual things.
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 encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
The spiritual meaning of being deceitful is pretty close to the literal meaning: According to the Writings it means using false thinking and logic to...
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.