'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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
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 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...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
Idols of stone signify worship from falsities of doctrine. Idols of wood signify worship from evils of doctrine. Idols of silver signify worship from what...
'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...
'To mock' or 'scorn' relates to people in truth but not in good.
'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...
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...
In Exodus 31:13, 'verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep,' signifies continuous holy thought about the union of the Lord’s divine with His human.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
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...
The Lord calls people who are in truth from the good of charity from Him 'sisters,' as in Matthew 12:50. 'Sister' denotes intellectual truth, when...
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
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...
Gain denotes every false principle derived from evil, which perverts the judgment of the mind.
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
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...
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...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...
'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,...
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
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...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
To be "pure" in the Bible means - unsurprisingly - to be devoid of evil. Thus all the washing for purification prescribed in the Laws...
'A wolf' signifies eagerness to seize, but also eagerness to rescue and deliver the good.
When people lie or speak falsely in the Bible, It represents what Swedenborg calls "falsity of faith" and the resulting "evil of faith." This is...
'Poor' signifies someone who is not in truths, and people who are ignorant of good and truth, but desire instruction.
'To rupture' or 'breach' denotes the infraction and perversion of truth.
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.