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.
'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...
'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...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
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.
'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...
There is an interesting relationship between facts and truth. It's necessary to have facts if we want to know the truth, but facts on their...
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...
grate of net-work
'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.
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
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...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'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...
Laver of brass
A laver of brass,' as in Exodus 30:18, signifies the good of the natural self, in which purification takes place. 'Lavers' signify the natural, and...
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...
'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...
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate 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,...
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...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
'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...
'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...
'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...
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
"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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
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...
'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...
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,...
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...
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'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...
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...
'Hur' signifies the truth of doctrine.
'A tribe' signifies the church with respect to its truths and goods, and in the opposite sense, with respect to its falsities and evils. 'A...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
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...
('Exodus 31:6') signifies those who are in the good and truth of faith, like the first or lowest heavens
The tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...
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...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'A wave' denotes life flowing in.
'Nine' signifies conjunction.
'Talents' denote good and truth from the Lord received as remains.
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,...
'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,...
'A shekel' signifies the price or estimation of good and truth, and 'half a shekel' signifies the determination of the quantity thereof.
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...
'To poll the head and beard' signifies rejecting the things which are a part of the exterior natural principle, because 'the hair' which was polled,...
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
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...
'To look upwards' or 'forwards' signifies looking to celestial things, but 'to look downwards' or 'backwards' signifies looking towards bodily and earthly things, as in...
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...
For something to be cast down or cast out generally refers to a rather dramatic move from a higher spiritual state to a lower one....
'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 number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
Four hundred signifies vastation, temptations, and the duration thereof.