In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...
'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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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...
son of man
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'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 many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Feathers signify spiritual good, from which truth is derived.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Merchants' signify people who have knowledges of good and truth. Merchants,' as in Nahum 3:16, signify people who falsify the Word, and communicate, and sell.
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'The seed of Sihor,' as in Isaiah 23:3, signifies scientific truth.
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
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...
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
A branch (Matt. 24:32) signifies affection, for affection springs and flourishes from good as a branch Springs from its trunk. A branch (Mal. 4:1) denotes...
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...
In Revelation 22, to yield fruit signifies to produce goods.
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...
'To be made to prosper' signifies being provided for. Which is why 'Jehovah made it prosper in his hand' means Divine Providence.
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
'Spring' signifies the first state of a church or spiritual era, the same as 'morning.'
In Revelation 11:17, 'thou hast taken to thee thy great power' signifies divine omnipotence, which is and was His from eternity.
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
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...
'To be led by the Lord' is to be in a state of essential liberty, blessedness, and happiness.
An oath' or 'swearing' signifies confirmation and conjunction.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'Pharaoh' signifies scientific ideas, or the natural principle in general. 'Pharaoh' signifies false ideas infesting the truth of the church. Pharaoh,' in Genesis 40, represents...
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...
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....
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
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...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
In the Bible, the wind represents the power of the Lord working on us through the heavens. The Lord is love itself, and by extending...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
Trees of the field
'The trees of the field,' as in Ezekiel 31:15, signify the knowledges of truth in the church.
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.