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 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...
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...
'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...
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
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 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 Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'To sit before Jehovah' is to be with Him, and so, it also means willing and acting from Him. 'To stand before Him,' is to...
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...
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,...
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...
When the Bible talks about riches, it is talking about spiritual wealth, not worldly wealth – ideas and knowledge about the Lord and spiritual things,...
'Money' relates to truth.
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
In Jeremiah 20:4-5, 'wealth,' 'labor,' 'precious things,' and 'all the treasures of the kings of Judah' signify the knowledges of faith.
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...
Terrible of the nations
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.
In Job 9:30, 'waters of snow' denotes truths which are or appear genuine. 'Lye' denotes the good which purifies, and 'the ditch' denotes falsity.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'A multitude of slain' relates to people who perish from falsities, and 'a great number of carcasses,' of people who perish from evils, as in...
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...
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'The uncircumcised,' as in Ezekiel 31:18, signifies people lacking the good of charity.
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 children of Israel represent 'lamentation' by various things which signified some evil of the church among them for which they were punished. When they...
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.
Garden of God
The Garden of God, as in Ezekiel 28:13, signifies the rational principle of the spiritual church.
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'Sardine stone,' because it is red, indicates aspects of the good of love, or the goods of the Word in extremes
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.
'Precious stones,' in application to the Word, symbolizes the Divine truth of the Word in its literal sense which the Divine truth in its spiritual...
'Beryl,' as in Daniel 10:6, signifies the good of charity and faith. Beryl is a sparkling precious stone.
'Pyropus' or 'sardine stone' signifies good.
'A timbrel,' as in Psalms 81:2, has respect to what is spiritual.
'Pipes' signify the joys of the affection of the knowledges of good and truth.
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 creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.
A Cherub has as its first definition in the dictionary, “A winged heavenly creature.” Cherubim is the plural of cherub. In the Word, the words...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
'The days of the perfect' signifies the states of people who are in good and truths from good.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
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...
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
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...
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...
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...
Ashes as in ('Ezekiel 27:30') signify what is condemned; because fire from which they are derived signify infernal love. Ashes of the furnace ('Exodus 9:8')...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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 a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
“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...
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...
'Honor' signifies the good of love. 'To honor,' as mentioned in Isaiah 24:15, signifies worship and adoration. 'To honor thy father and thy mother,' as...
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
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...
The meaning of "scatter" in the Bible is relatively literal, but it is used in regard to spiritual things, not natural ones. So to "scatter"...
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...
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...
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
'A vine' signifies spiritual good and truth. 'A vine' or 'vineyard' signifies the church where the Word, and the Lord in it, is known, or...