Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'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...
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
'To be in a snare' signifies being taken and seduced by one’s own evil and falsity.
'Mizpah,' as in Genesis 31:49, signifies the quality of the Lord’s presence with people who are principled in the goods of works, or with the...
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...
'Pollution' denotes the truth of faith defiled.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
'Pride' signifies the love of self.
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
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.
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,...
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
'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...
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.
'Ramah' denotes things that pertain to spiritual truth derived from celestial truth.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
Also, Benjamin signifies the Word in its ultimate sense (Deut. 33:12)
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
'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 hind,' as mentioned in Genesis 49:21, signifies the affection of natural truth.
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...
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...