Thanks to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, we can have a deeper appreciation of the sacredness and authority of Holy Scripture, especially with seemingly odd quotes attributed to Jehovah God, like:
“. . . thy breasts were made firm, and thy hair grew.” (Ezekiel 16:7)
Swedenborg discovered that deep within the literal sense of God’s Holy Word were hidden elevated or spiritual meanings. To decipher these higher meanings one had to replace physical terms with their psycho-spiritual equivalent.
Using this translation technique with the biblical (and allegorical) passage above from Ezekiel we must therefore find the psychological equivalent of “firm breasts” and “growing hair.”
How does one go about this? It is not too difficult.
Women universally symbolize some quality of love. Since breasts nourish children (and strengthen their immune systems), they represent—on a spiritual level—the teaching of God’s protective divine truth from the principle of spiritual love. So firm breasts symbolize a noble or unwavering inner quality of a person’s soul.
Since hair is more exterior and is a modification of the skin, “growing hair” represents the dynamic of goodness increasing in one’s outer or earthly life as well (which would happen since it would be an outer expression of one’s inner quality).
If God’s Holy Word did not contain higher, symbolic meanings, then what sanctity would there be in any divine statement to give a woman firm breasts or growing hair? How would firm breasts and growing hair be relevant to God’s ongoing effort for human salvation?
These higher meanings are now slowly being given to a post-modern world with “dry breasts,” that is, to a world whose hearts and minds are not properly oriented to spiritual truth and good.