'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...
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
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...
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 easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
'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...
The word "stranger" is used many times in the Bible, and it is sometimes paired with the word "sojourner". They are different concepts in the...
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...
'Oppression' signifies destruction of truth by falsities.
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
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.
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.
'Lucre or gain' signifies every thing false derived from evil which perverts the judgment.
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 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...
Uncleanness and scum, as in Ezekiel 24:11, signifies evil and falsity.
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.
'Tin,' as in Ezekiel 22:18, has respect to the literal sense of the Word, or the goods and truths of the natural self.
'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,...
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...
'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,...
'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.
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
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.
'Pollution' denotes the truth of faith defiled.
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.
In general, men are driven by intellect and women by affections, and because of this men in the Bible generally represent knowledge and truth and...
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....