The Bible

Exodus 20:4

English: King James Version

Study the Inner Meaning

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4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Study the Inner Meaning

Main explanation(s) from Swedenborg's works:

Arcana Coelestia 8863, 8869, 8870, 8871, 8872

Commentary on this text:


Other references by Swedenborg to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 9349

Apocalypse Revealed 601

The Lord 59

Life 59

True Christianity 284, 291

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Spiritual Topics:

The Ten Commandments


False Gods: Mysteries of the 10 Commandments Explained

By Curtis Childs and Jonathan Rose

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This video is a part of the "Swedenborg and Life" web series produced by the Swedenborg Foundation (

At face value, the Ten Commandments can seem intense and unforgiving. But Emanuel Swedenborg’s understanding of the internal sense of the Bible—spiritual meanings that lie beneath the literal words—can give us a new perspective on these familiar rules.

In this episode of their Swedenborg and Life web series, hosts Curtis Childs and Jonathan Rose study the inner meaning of the first commandment.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 8864, 8865, 8868, 8869, 8875, 8878, 8879, 8880, 8881; The Apocalypse Revealed 950)