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...
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...
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...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'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...
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 many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...
'Oxen' or 'calves' signify the affections of the natural mind.
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
In Revelation 14:5, 'without fault' signifies people not caught in falsities, as also in Leviticus 21:17, 23, and 22:19-25.
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...
'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,...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
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...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
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...
The internal meaning of “blood” is a little tricky, because Swedenborg gives two meanings that seem quite different. In most cases, Swedenborg links blood with...
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.
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...
The two sticks, in Ezekiel 37:16-22, signify the celestial and spiritual kingdom of the Lord.
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...
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
'The liver,' as in Exodus 29:13, signifies interior purification, and 'the caul above the liver,' the inferior good of the external or natural self.
"And they came to their entrails," in Gen. 41:21, signifies interior extermination.
It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that “washing” in the Bible represents purification. Washing dirt from the skin is symbolic...
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
Sweet' signifies delightful things from the good of truth and the truth of good. Everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to delightful and pleasant...
It’s pretty easy for most people to read the Bible and get a sense for what “sheep” means without any help. They are simple, peaceful,...
'Satyrs,' as in Isaiah 13:21, signify goods adulterated.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'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...
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'Hairs of the head, the beard, and the feet,' as mentioned in Isaiah 7:20, signify the following things: 'Hairs of the head' signify the outermost...
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'Turtles' and 'young pigeons' signify spiritual things.
'A young pigeon' signifies innocence.
'The neck' signifies influx and the communication of interior and exterior levels and the following conjunction. The inmost or third heaven has reference to the...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
In Psalms 5:9, 'the throat an open sepulcher,' relates to evil, 'the tongue speaking smooth things,' to falsity.
Quills or 'feathers of yellow gold,' as in Psalm 68:14, signify spiritual good from which truth is derived.
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....
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')...
'A knife' used for sacrifices denotes the truth of faith.