Jokshan' signifies common lots of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
'Medan' signifies common lots of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom.
'Midianites' signify people who are in the truth of simple good.
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
'Leummim' signify the good of faith and its varieties.
'Hanoch' denotes those who are in the truth of faith.
'Isaac' represents spiritual love. 'Isaac,' in Genesis 17:19, signifies the rational divine. 'Isaac' signifies the Lord's divine rational in reference to divine good. Isaac' signifies...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
The gift which Abraham gave to the sons of the concubines which he had, as in Genesis 25:6, signifies lots in the Lord's spiritual kingdom....
Abraham (or Abram, as he is named in the beginning of his story) is one of the major characters in the story of the sacred...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...
'Ishmael' represents the first rationality pertaining to the Lord. 'Ishmael' signifies rationality separate from good. 'Ishmael' signifies the Lord's merely human rational. Ishmael, in Genesis...
'Macpelah,' as in Genesis 23:17, signifies regeneration by truth, which relates to faith.
Ephron (Gen. 23:8, 17) signifies those with whom the good and truth of faith, which are the constituents of the church, might be received.
The daughters of Heth, as mentioned in Genesis 27:46, signify the affections of truth from a ground that is not genuine. Here they are the...
'Sarah' denotes truth joined to good. Sarai was called 'Sarah' so she would represent the divine intellectual principle by adding the 'H' from the name...
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Hagar, as mentioned in Genesis 16, signifies the affection of sciences of the outward self and also the life of the outer or natural self.
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...
'Nebaioth,' as in Genesis 28, denotes good of the spiritual church.
When the Bible talks about generations or birth order, the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual states and their relative importance....
'Kedar' or 'Arabia' signifies spiritual good. Kedar' denotes people of the Gentiles who are in simple truth. 'Arabia' signifies the same thing.
'Mibsam' means things pertaining to the spiritual church.
'Tema' represents aspects of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
Jetur' represents the spiritual church among the gentiles.
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
'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,...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...
Swedenborg tells us that space and time in the physical world correspond to states of life in the spiritual world. So when the Bible talks...
'Rebecca,' as in Genesis 24, signifies divine truth which would be joined to divine good of the Lord’s rational mind, which is 'Isaac.'
"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...
Bethuel (Gen. 24), signifies the origin of the affection of good.
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...
'Laban' signifies the affection of good in the natural self, or the affection of external good, and properly collateral good of a common stock. The...
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...
To 'intreat' denotes humiliation.
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 number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
Generally speaking, those who are at lower levels of an organization serve those at higher levels. Bosses boss and their employees serve; coaches devise strategy...
'Twins in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:24, signifies that both good and truth, represented by Esau and Jacob, were conceived together.
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
Esau (Gen. 28:5, etc.) signifies the truth of good in the natural principle. Esau (Gen. 32:3) signifies celestial good in the natural principle.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
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 heel' signifies natural things of the lowest order. 'The heel which the serpent should bruise,' as mentioned in Genesis 3:15, signifies the lowest natural...
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...
'Sixty' means the full time and state of the implantation of truth.
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
'Venison,' as in Genesis 26:2, signifies the truth of the natural which the good of life comes from.
To boil, as in Genesis 25:29, signifies to heap up.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
'To sware' is a binding.
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...
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....