As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
'Ishmael' represents the first rationality pertaining to the Lord. 'Ishmael' signifies rationality separate from good. 'Ishmael' signifies the Lord's merely human rational. Ishmael, in Genesis...
'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...
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...
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...
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
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...
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
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...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'Sichem' or 'Shechem' means the celestial aspects of love.
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
Swedenborg tells us that 80, like 40, can represent a state of temptation, when we face and battle our desires for evil – and that...
The fourscore men who came from Schechem, Shiloh, and Samaria, as in Jeremiah 41:5, represented the profanations of good and truth.
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
'Offerings' signify worship.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
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 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...
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
A pit,' or 'well which has no water,' as in Jeremiah 2:13, signifies doctrines which have no truths.
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'Wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and vetches,' as in Ezekiel 4:9, 12, signify various kinds of good, and their derivative truths. Bread, or a cake,...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'The slain' when referring to the Lord, as in Revelation 5, means the separation of everything from the divine. In denial of His divinity, He...
'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 satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'A multitude of slain' relates to people who perish from falsities, and 'a great number of carcasses,' of people who perish from evils, as in...
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
‘To guard,’ when used as in Genesis 41:35, denotes ‘to store up.’ ‘Guards,’ as in Genesis 37:36, signify things that minister.
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...
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.
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
'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...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
sun standing still upon Gibeon signifies total vastation of the church.
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
To make glad signifies influx and reception from joy of heart.
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...
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...
“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...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
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...
The word "woman" is used a number of different ways in the Bible – as a simple description, as someone connected to a man ("his...
A eunuch (Isaiah 56:3, 5) denotes the natural man as to good, and the son of the stranger denotes the natural man as to truth;...
There is a strong relationship between Ephrath and Bethlehem in the Bible; they might be two different names for the same town, or it’s possible...
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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
The fearful signify people who have no faith.