Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...
Curtains (Exod. 26) signify the interior truths of faith, which are of the new intellectual principle. Curtains and cords (Jer. 4:20, and 10:20), signify spiritual...
Linen' signifies genuine truth.
'Scarlet,' as in Isaiah 1:18, signifies truth derived from good, or truth from a celestial origin, such as is the truth of the Word in...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
A Cherub has as its first definition in the dictionary, “A winged heavenly creature.” Cherubim is the plural of cherub. In the Word, the words...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
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...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....
From correspondences, a goat signifies the natural man. The goat which was sacrificed, as in Leviticus 16:5-10, signifies the natural man regarding a part purified,...
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...
'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,...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'Wood' signifies good, as well the good of love to the Lord as the good of charity towards our neighbor.
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...
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...
'South' denotes truth in light.
'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...
'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,...
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...
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...
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Money' relates to truth.
A coffin (Gen. 1:26) signifies that wherein something is shut up or concealed.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...
(Luke 15:8.) By the woman lighting a candle to find the piece of silver she had lost, is signified inquisition in herself from affection.
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.