'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
'Shittim wood' signifies the good of merit, and in the highest sense, the mercy of the Lord.
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'Square' signifies righteousness.
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
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...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
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...
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
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'A grate of network' signifies the sensory external.
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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...
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...
'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...
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
'Mount Olivet' signifies the celestial church, or celestial good, which comes from love towards the Lord, and divine love.
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'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...
'South' denotes truth in light.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'The land of the south,' as in Genesis 24:62, signifies divine light, for 'the south' signifies light, and the light of intelligence, which is wisdom,...
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
'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...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
'Spoil of gold, and silver, and cattle' signifies falsified truths.
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
'The west' signifies people in obscured good, and in an opposite sense, people in evil. 'The west' signifies the affection of truth.
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....
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...
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
'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...
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
'The eye of a needle' signifies spiritual truth.
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
To be "pure" in the Bible means - unsurprisingly - to be devoid of evil. Thus all the washing for purification prescribed in the Laws...
'An olive,' as in Isaiah 17:6, signifies celestial remains. 'An olive' signifies love and charity, because 'the olive tree' signifies the celestial church, and so...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...
The light of a lamp' signifies illumination from the Lord. A lamp,' as in Revelation 22, signifies natural light from self-derived intelligence. 'A lamp' signifies...
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
Since the light and warmth of the sun represent the Lord’s wisdom and love, it makes sense that evening, a time when the light and...
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
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...
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...