'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
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 son of a cow' signifies the celestial natural level and natural exterior good.
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.
'Unleavened bread' signifies the holiness of love, or the holy of holies, so, pure love. The baking of unleavened bread is purification.
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,...
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...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
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.
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...
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
'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...
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
'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.
'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.
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
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 turban' signifies intelligence of truth.
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...
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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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...
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‘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.
'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...
'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...
'Wafers,' as in Exodus 16:31, signify spiritual good. More generally, they signify the outermost celestial good in the external self.
'A wave offering,' as in Exodus 29:27, signifies life flowing in from acknowledging the Lord.
'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.
'A wave' denotes life flowing in.
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
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.
'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...
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'To seethe' signifies destroying truths and goods by falsities.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
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...
In Leviticus 6:16, 'Aaron and his sons eating the remainder' signifies a person’s reciprocation and making something one's own. This represents conjunction by means of...
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...
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,...
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.