'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
'Sarah' denotes truth joined to good. Sarai was called 'Sarah' so she would represent the divine intellectual principle by adding the 'H' from the name...
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
Abraham (or Abram, as he is named in the beginning of his story) is one of the major characters in the story of the sacred...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
The daughters of Heth, as mentioned in Genesis 27:46, signify the affections of truth from a ground that is not genuine. Here they are the...
A grave, as in Psalm 88:5, signifies hell. ‘To come forth out of the grave,’ as in John 5:29, signifies to come forth out of...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...
'Vapor,' as in Jeremiah 10:13, signifies the ultimate truths of the church.
Ephron (Gen. 23:8, 17) signifies those with whom the good and truth of faith, which are the constituents of the church, might be received.
'Macpelah,' as in Genesis 23:17, signifies regeneration by truth, which relates to faith.
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'A Hittite' in a good sense, signifies the spiritual church, or the truth of the church. The Hittites were among the upright Gentiles who were...
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'A shekel' signifies the price or estimation of good and truth, and 'half a shekel' signifies the determination of the quantity thereof.
'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,...
Mamre was an Amorite who lived in the land of Canaan, in the area called Hebron in what would much later be the kingdom of...
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has six different common words which are generally translated as "wife," which largely overlap but have different nuances. Swedenborg...