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...
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,...
Islands' signify the natural mind, or the natural human, regarding truths and falsities. People who are steeped in the internal sense of the Word, such...
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.
'Ivory' signifies natural truth.
In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the...
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
Ships were used in the ancient world – as they generally are now – to carry freight from nation to nation for trade. The various...
'A shield' signifies defense which is trusted against evils and falsities. In respect to the Lord, it signifies defense, and in respect to people, confidence...
'Wealth' signifies scientific knowledge, as seen in several passages in the Word.
'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,...
'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,...
'Merchandise' signifies the knowledges of good.
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
'A mule' signifies rational truth, and 'a female mule,' the affection of rational truth.
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
'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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
As the finest of the grains, wheat fittingly represents the finest of spiritual food, what Swedenborg calls "the good of love and charity" – which...
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...
Balm signifies the truth of exterior natural good, and its pleasantness.
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...
The tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.