6158. For seed of the field. That this signifies for the nourishment of the mind, is evident from the signification of "seed," as being truth and good, thus as being faith and charity (of which above, n. 6154); and from the signification of "field," as being in a general sense the church (see n. 2971, 3766), and in a particular sense the church in a man, thus a man in whom the church is, that is, who receives truth and good. When he is called a "field," it is his mind that is meant; for man is not man from his external form, but from his mind, that is, from his understanding and will which constitute his mind, and also from the truth of faith and the good of charity which constitute the still more inward mind. This, namely, the mind, when it is in the genuine sense a man, is nourished and sustained by truth and good; and as truth and good are signified by "seed," nourishment also is signified by it, which indeed is plain from the words that directly follow: "for your food, and for them in your houses, and for food for your babes." Hence then it is that the "seed of the field" denotes the nourishment of the mind.