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...
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...
'To repay' denotes making amends by truth.
Greeks, as in Joel 3:6, signify the falsities of evil. Also the gentiles who are in falsities.
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...
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 proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
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...
'Ploughshares,; as in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3, signify the goods of the church which are perfected, or set forth by truths.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.