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HH 97

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97. For the same reason these same members, organs, and viscera have a like significance in the Word; for everything there has a meaning in accordance with correspondence. Thus the "head" signifies intelligence and wisdom; the "breast" charity; the "loins" marriage love; the "arms and hands" power of truth; the "feet" what is natural; the "eyes" understanding; the "nostrils" perception; the "ears" obedience, the "kidneys" the scrutiny of truth, and so on.# So, too, in the common speech of man it is said of one who is intelligent and wise that he has a good head; of one who is charitable that he is a bosom friend; of one who has clear perception that he is keen scented; of one who is intelligent that he is sharp sighted; of one who is powerful that he is long handed; of one who exercises his will from love that it is done from the heart. These and many other expressions in the speech of men are from correspondence, for they are from the spiritual world, although man is ignorant of it.
# In the Word the "breast" signifies charity (n. 3934, 10081, 10087).
The "loins" and organs of generation signify marriage love (n. 3021, 4280, 4462, 5050-5052).
The "arms" and "hands" signify the power of truth (n. 878, 3091, 4931-4937, 6947, 7205, 10019).
The "feet" signify the natural (n. 2162, 3147, 3761, 3986, 4280, 4938-4952).
The "eye" signifies understanding (n. 2701, 4403-4421, 4523-4534, 6923, 9051, 10569).
The "nostrils" signify perception (n. 3577, 4624, 4625, 4748, 5621, 8286, 10054, 10292).
The "ears" signify obedience (n. 2542, 3869, 4523, 4653, 5017, 7216, 8361, 8990, 9311, 9397, 10061).
The "kidneys" signify the scrutiny and correction of truth (n. 5380-5386, 10032).


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