In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...
"Darkness" is a state without light. "Light" is truth from the Lord, so "darkness" is a state where truth is lacking.
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...
Face of the deep
The face of the deep (Gen. 1:2) signifies the lust of the unregenerate man, and the falsities thence originating.
Spirit of God
'The spirit of God,' as in Genesis 1:2, signifies the divine mercy of the Lord. 'The spirit of God' is His emanation. 'The spirit of...
Face of the waters
The face of the water (Gen. 1:2) signifies the knowledges of good and truth.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
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...
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
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...
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...
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...
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...
The firmament, as in Genesis 1, signifies the internal man. The firmament of heaven is mutual love.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...
'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...
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...
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
'The two luminaries' denote love and faith in the internal self.
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.
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...
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...
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;...
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...
To fly, when spoken of the Lord, signifies to foresee and to provide. To fly, when predicated of the Lord, also signifies omnipresence. To fly...
'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...
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.
'Spreading themselves on the earth,' as in Genesis 8:17, signifies the internal self operating on the external.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
Because of their understanding of spiritual marriage, the people of the Most Ancient church perceived 'male and female' as two faculties in the spiritual self:...
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...
To give food, as in Genesis 41:48, signifies to store up.
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...