'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.
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...
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The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
'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...
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...
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
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.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
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...
On a natural level, there are a variety of things that can cause shame. We might be ashamed of physical weakness or ugliness; we might...
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
'Money' relates to truth.
'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,...
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
'Pride' signifies the love of self.
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
'To spoil,' as in Genesis 34:27, signifies destruction. 'Spoil,' as in Deuteronomy 13:16, signifies the falsification of truth.
Swedenborg several times associates the “wicked” with “malevolence,” defines “malevolence” as “destroying good, interior and exterior,” and says that the wicked do this by disowning...
'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.
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'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...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Vision is the innermost revelation, which is of perception. Visions are according to the state of humankind. The visions of people whose interiors are closed,...
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.
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.
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....
'Vapor,' as in Jeremiah 10:13, signifies the ultimate truths of the church.