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...
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...
'Sharon, Bashan, and Carmel' signify the church regarding the knowledges of good and truth from the natural sense of the Word.
king of Bashan
'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Because people are governed by angels and spirits, in Genesis 1:26 it says 'let us make man into our image.' But because the Lord alone...
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
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...
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...
Fear has various significations according to the thing which causes it. Fear signifies love. Fear, as in Gen 28:17, signifies a holy change.
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'Heshbon,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:3, signifies the fructification of truth in the natural self.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'No one,' or 'none' denotes the negative side of something.
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...
In the most general sense, a kingdom in the Bible represents a church. In a more specific sense, a kingdom represents a church in regards...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
'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...
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....
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...
'To spoil,' as in Genesis 34:27, signifies destruction. 'Spoil,' as in Deuteronomy 13:16, signifies the falsification of truth.
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...
The river Gihon, as in Genesis 2:13, signifies the knowledge of all things relating to goodness and truth.
'Mount Olivet' signifies the celestial church, or celestial good, which comes from love towards the Lord, and divine love.
'The dew of Hermon' signifies divine truth.
'A plain' signifies good and truth in the natural self, because 'the people who dwell in plains,' or 'beneath mountains and hills' are in the...
Mount Gilead, as in Genesis 31:21, 23, as a boundary, in a spiritual sense, signifies the first good, which is that of things pertaining to...
In Revelation 11:13, 'the remnant who were afraid' signifies people who joined some goods of charity to faith.
Giants, as in Genesis 6:4, signify those who, through a persuasion of their own height and pre-eminence view whatever is holy and true as nothing.
'An iron pan,' as in Ezekiel 4:3, signifies the truth that was falsified and adulterated among the Jewish people.
The children of Ammon ('Jeremiah 49:1'), signify those who falsify the truths of the Word, and of the church.
'Nine' signifies conjunction.
'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...
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...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
'To slumber' and 'sleep' denotes the state of a person who is not in truths, as in Jeremiah 51:39, 57, Psalm 8:3 and 76:5, and...
'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...
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...
'The land of Rameses,' as in Genesis 47:11, signifies the inmost of the spiritual principle in the natural mind.