'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.
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 belly (Psalms 16:4) signifies the interior understanding.
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
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...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...
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....
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.