('Exodus 31:6') signifies those who are in the good and truth of faith, like the first or lowest heavens
At its heart, wisdom is love's imperative desire to take form. That's a tricky statement, but think of it this way: If you love someone,...
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...
Throughout the Word, a distinction is made between wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. 'Wisdom' means from good, 'intelligence' is from truth, and 'knowledge' is in a...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...
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...
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'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...
Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
'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...
When something is described as quiet, still or calm in the Bible, it represents the state of peace that comes with being aligned with the...
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
'Wise men,' as in Matthew 23:34, signify the good of doctrine. 'The wise' signify people who teach the Word. 'They that be wise' signify being...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
'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,...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
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...
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...
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...
'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...
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...
Curtains (Exod. 26) signify the interior truths of faith, which are of the new intellectual principle. Curtains and cords (Jer. 4:20, and 10:20), signify spiritual...
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...
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...
'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...
'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 number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
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....
'A hold,' 'a den,' or 'dungeon,' as mentioned in Revelation 18:2, signifies hell, because people who are there are in confinement.
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
'Satyrs,' as in Isaiah 13:21, signify goods adulterated.
The hair is the very outermost part of the body, and "hair" in the Bible represents the outermost expression of whatever the body represents. In...
'To pitch a tent,' as in Genesis 12:8, denotes 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...
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
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...
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
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...
'Handles' signify the faculty of conjunction by means of good.
'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,...
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...
'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.
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...
'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...
'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...
'Twins in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:24, signifies that both good and truth, represented by Esau and Jacob, were conceived together.
'Underneath' or 'below,' in the internal sense, signifies being outside.
In Genesis 41:42 and Luke 16:22, 'to give a ring' signifies something that confirms power.
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'Shittim wood' signifies the good of merit, and in the highest sense, the mercy of the Lord.
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'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...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.