'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...
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...
'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...
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.
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...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
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...
'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...
'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...
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.
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...
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...
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...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
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,...
The dross, mentioned in Isaiah 1:22, signifies falsity.
'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,...
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...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
'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.
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 idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
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.
'A wolf' signifies eagerness to seize, but also eagerness to rescue and deliver the good.
'Vanity' signifies evil and the falsity of evil. 'Vanities of strangers' signifies falsities of religion.
When people lie or speak falsely in the Bible, It represents what Swedenborg calls "falsity of faith" and the resulting "evil of faith." This is...
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...
'Oppression' signifies destruction of truth by falsities.
'Poor' signifies someone who is not in truths, and people who are ignorant of good and truth, but desire instruction.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
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....