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...
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...
Sunrise' denotes coming of the Lord, or beginning of a celestial state.
'A lip' signifies doctrine. A lip,' as in Isaiah 6:3, 7, signifies the interior parts of a person, consequently, internal worship, where adoration is grounded....
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.
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...
The children of Ammon ('Jeremiah 49:1'), signify those who falsify the truths of the Word, and of the church.
'Salt' is the desire of conjunction of truth with good, which is why only salt will conjoin water, which corresponds to truth, and oil, which...
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.
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'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.
Giants, as in Genesis 6:4, signify those who, through a persuasion of their own height and pre-eminence view whatever is holy and true as nothing.
'Inhabit' refers to good.
'The dew of Hermon' signifies divine truth.
Often translated as “edge,” “border,” “boundary,” “outskirts,” “far places” and other ways, this term is used in the Bible for the farthest reaches of an...
Mount Gilead, as in Genesis 31:21, 23, as a boundary, in a spiritual sense, signifies the first good, which is that of things pertaining to...
In Isaiah 16:9, 'Jazer,' 'the vine of Sibmah,' and 'Heshbon and Elealeth,' signify the people of the external church, who explain the Word to favor...
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...
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...
Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.
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The kings of Media and Persia' represent people who are in faith separate from charity.
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
Joshua, the son of Josedech the high-priest,' as in Zechariah 3:1, signifies the law, or the Word.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
'Mount Olivet' signifies the celestial church, or celestial good, which comes from love towards the Lord, and divine love.
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
'Seir,' as in Genesis 33:14, signifies the conjunction of spiritual and celestial things in the natural level, that is, the truth of faith with the...
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
'The wilderness of Sin,' as in Exodus 16, signifies the good from truth in a state of temptation.
'South' denotes truth in light.
'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...
The Hivites' represent those who were in idolatry, but in which there was something of good.
Jericho' signifies instruction and also the good of life because no one can be instructed in the truths of doctrine but he who is in...
Hai, or Ai, signifies light derived from worldly things.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, signifies the doctrine of love to the Lord, and how it governs your life. Jerusalem first comes to our attention in...
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.
'The cave of Makkedah,' as in Joshua 10:28, signifies dire falsity originating in evil.
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
'Sharon' signifies the celestial church, and the internal of the celestial church.
'The inhabitants of Hazor,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:30, signify those who possess spiritual riches, which are the things of faith. 'Hazor,' as mentioned in...
'Megiddo,' as in 2 Chronicles 3, signifies the same as Armageddon.
'Sharon, Bashan, and Carmel' signify the church regarding the knowledges of good and truth from the natural sense of the Word.
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
Gilgal signifies the doctrine of natural truth, serving for introduction into the church.
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
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...
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...