'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...
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'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,...
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
Dew, in Deut. 32:2 signifies the multiplication of truth from good, and the fructification of good by truth.
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
Chaff is mentioned in Matthew 3:12 signifies falsity of every kind, derived from an infernal origin.
The floor, as in Matthew 3:12, signifies the world of spirits which is between heaven and hell, and where the separation of evils and falsities...
'Smoke' signifies divine truth in extremes, because 'fire' which gives off smoke, signifies love. 'Smoke' also signifies the same thing as 'cloud' in many places....
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
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...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
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...
'To redeem' signifies vindication and liberation, because there are two words in the original language, which mean 'redemption.' One means vindication from evil, and the...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
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...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
To be ashamed (Gen 2:25) signifies to be in evil
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.