(Rev. 10:9.) "And I went unto the angel, saying, give me the little book," signifies the faculty of perceiving the quality of the Word from...
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...
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Female signifies good.
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...
'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,...
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,"...
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
'Seth,' as in Genesis 4:25 , signifies a new faith which brings charity.
'A hind,' as mentioned in Genesis 49:21, signifies the affection of natural truth.
'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...
"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...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
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,...
Cainan (Gen. 5:12) signifies a fourth church from Adam.
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
'Mahalaleel,' as in Genesis 5:12, signifies a fifth church from Adam. The life of people who constituted this church was such, that they preferred the...
'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...
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...
'Sixty' means the full time and state of the implantation of truth.
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...
'Hanoch' denotes those who are in the truth of faith.
'Jared' in Genesis 5:15, signifies a sixth church from Adam.
'Methuselah,' as in Genesis 5:21, signifies the eighth church, or spiritual era, after Adam.
Swedenborg tells us that 80, like 40, can represent a state of temptation, when we face and battle our desires for evil – and that...
Lamech,' as in Genesis 4:18, signifies the vastation of the church when there was no longer any faith. Lamech,' as in Genesis 5:25, signifies the...
'Nine' signifies conjunction.
'Noah,' as in Genesis 5:29, signifies the ancient church, or the parent of the three churches after the flood.
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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
Japhet' signifies the people who constitute the external church and correspond to the internal.