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...
'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...
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
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...
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
'The days of the perfect' signifies the states of people who are in good and truths from good.
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
For something to be “unleavened” means that it's been made without yeast. Since yeast is what makes bread rise and take on its airy texture,...
'Wafers,' as in Exodus 16:31, signify spiritual good. More generally, they signify the outermost celestial good in the external self.
Oil in the Bible represents the Lord’s love, so anointing someone (or something) with oil was a way to make that person (or object) a...
As the finest of the grains, wheat fittingly represents the finest of spiritual food, what Swedenborg calls "the good of love and charity" – which...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...
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 the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that “washing” in the Bible represents purification. Washing dirt from the skin is symbolic...
'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...
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.
'Robes,' as in Revelation 7, signify truths of defense. Before they were washed they signified falsities. People in falsities from ignorance in the spiritual world,...
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
'A turban' signifies intelligence of truth.
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....
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
A coat, as in Matthew 10:10, signifies interior natural truth, or truth of the natural principle. The Lord's coat without seam, woven from above throughout...
To gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
Bonnets (Exod. 28:40), being a covering for the head, signify intelligence and wisdom.
'The priesthood' represents the Lord regarding the work of salvation, because this proceeds from the divine good of his divine love. 'The priesthood of Aaron,...
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...
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 blood of the
‘The blood of the grape’ signifies spiritual celestial good, which is the name given to the divine in heaven as it goes out from the...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
'A horn,' when spoken of the Lord, signifies omnipotence. 'The little horn that rose up,' as mentioned in Daniel 7:3-8, signifies the full perversion of...
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...
The ten fingers signify all things terminated in ultimates.
Pouring out the vials upon the earth, which contained the plagues,' in Revelation 16:1, signifies influx of the reformed into the church, or into people...
A foundation signifies truth on which heaven and the church, and its doctrines are founded.
'Fat things full of marrow,' signify goods.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'The liver,' as in Exodus 29:13, signifies interior purification, and 'the caul above the liver,' the inferior good of the external or natural self.
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...
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...
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...
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...
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...
'A ram' signifies the Lord’s divine spiritual nature pertaining to a person. 'A ram' signifies the good of innocence and charity in the internal self....
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
'Legs' signify the exteriors of the natural man.
Sweet' signifies delightful things from the good of truth and the truth of good. Everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to delightful and pleasant...
Fragrance means the affection of truth derived from good.
'The thumb and the great toe,' as in Exodus 29:20, signify the fulness of the intelligence, and power of truth from good in the internal...
'The man of the right hand,' as in Psalm 80:17, signifies the Lord with respect to the Word. He is called 'the man of the...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...
Oil – typically olive oil – was an extremely important product in Biblical times, for food preparation, medicinal ointment and for burning in lamps. As...
A help-meet for him,' or 'a help as before him,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:18, signifies proprium, or what is one's own. However, whereas the...
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.
'A wave' denotes life flowing in.
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.
'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...
'A heave offering,' as mentioned in Exodus 29:27, signifies the divine celestial which belongs to the Lord alone, perceived in heaven and the church.
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...
'Offerings' signify worship.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
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...
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
'To seethe' signifies destroying truths and goods by falsities.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
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,...
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...
Atonements (Exodus 28:36) are the receptions of the good of love and faith from the Lord, after the removal of evils and thence of falsities.
'A lamb' signifies the good of the innocence of infancy. 'A lamb' signifies the Lord regarding His divine humanity. The lamb,' as in Revelation 8:11,...
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...
Fine flour, as in Ezekiel 16:19, signifies the spiritual principle of charity.
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
'A hin' denotes the measurement of conjunction.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.