'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
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...
'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 common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'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...
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Violence' signifies the outrage done to charity and the destruction of charity and faith. 'Violence,' as in Jeremiah 15:21, signifies falsities which assault the good...
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
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...
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
A dove (Gen. 8.) signifies goodness and truth. A dove, as in Hosea 11:11, signifies rational good.
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...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
A knee,' as in Genesis 30:5, signifies conjugial love. The king,' as in Isaiah 66:12, signifies celestial love. A knee,' as in Ezekiel 7:17, signifies...
'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...
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Money' relates to truth.
There are two ways something can be filled: It can be filled with something bad against the wishes of its owner, or it can be...
'To spoil,' as in Genesis 34:27, signifies destruction. 'Spoil,' as in Deuteronomy 13:16, signifies the falsification of truth.
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
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 meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
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...
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....