10422. They have gone back suddenly from the way which I commanded them. That this signifies that they have removed themselves from Divine truth, is evident from the signification of "going back from the way," as being to remove themselves from truths; for "to go back" denotes to remove, because those who are in external things separate from what is internal remove themselves; and "way" denotes truth (of which in what follows). That it is Divine truth from which they remove themselves, is because it is said, "from the way which Jehovah commanded them."
 That "way" denotes truth is from the appearance in the spiritual world, where also there are ways and paths; and in the cities, there appear streets and avenues, and spirits go nowhere else than to those with whom they are consociated by love. From this it is that the quality of the spirits there in regard to truth is known from the way in which they go; for all truth leads to its own love, because that is called truth which confirms what is loved. From this it is that in common human speech "way" denotes truth; for the speech of man has derived this, like many other things, from the spiritual world.
 From this then it is that in the Word by "way," "path" [semita], "path" [trames], "track" [orbitam], "street" [plateam], and "lane" [vicum] are signified truths, and in the opposite sense falsities, as is plain from the following passages:
Stand ye beside the ways and see, ask ye for the ways of an age, which way is the best (Jer. 6:16).
Make your ways good, and your works; trust ye not upon the words of a lie (Jer. 7:3-5).
Learn ye not the way of the nations (Jer. 10:2).
I will give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his works (Jer. 17:10).
They have caused them to stumble in their ways, in the paths of an age, that they might go away in the paths, in a way not paved (Jer. 18:15).
I will give them one heart and one way (Jer. 32:39).
Make known to me Thy ways, O Jehovah; teach me Thy paths; lead me in Thy truth (Ps. 25:4, 5).
In the days of Jael the ways ceased, and those going in the paths went through crooked ways (Judges 5:6).
Go ye back from the way, cause ye to turn aside from the path. Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, This is the way, go ye in it (Isa. 30:11, 21).
The ways have been laid waste; he that passeth through the way hath ceased (Isa. 33:8).
A path shall be there, and a way, which shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass through it, but it shall be for those; he that walketh in the way, and fools, shall not err (Isa. 35:8).
 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of Jehovah, make plain in the solitude a path for our God. With whom took He counsel, that he might teach Him the way of judgment, and show Him the way of intelligence? (Isa. 40:3, 14).
To say to them that are in darkness, Be ye revealed; they shall feed on the ways. I will make all My mountains a way; and My paths shall be exalted (Isa. 49:9, 11).
The way of peace they have not known; and there is no judgment in their tracks; they have perverted their paths for themselves; whosoever treadeth on it shall not know peace (Isa. 59:8).
Prepare ye the way for the people; pave ye, pave ye, the path; say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy salvation cometh (Isa. 62:10, 11).
I put a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters; I will put a way in the wilderness (Isa. 43:16, 19).
Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander in the way (Deut. 27:18).
Go ye unto the outlets of the ways, and whomsoever ye shall find, call ye to the wedding (Matt. 22:9).
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
In these passages, and in many others, by "way" is signified truth, and in the opposite sense falsity.