'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding 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...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...
'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...
Flags, as in Exodus 2:3, signify scientific falsities.
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.
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....
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
'To remember,' as in Genesis 41:9, signifies conjunction. 'Remembering' denotes conjunction because the remembrance of anyone in the other life joins them together, because as...
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...
'Salvation, to the Lord our God,' as in Revelation 19:1, signifies an acknowledgment and confession that salvation is from the Lord.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Vomit' relates to the falsification of divine truth.