In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
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...
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...
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...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
Samaria and Jerusalem
In Ezekiel 23, 'Samaria' is the church which is in the affection of truth, and 'Jerusalem' is the church which is in the affection of...
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Galeed, a heap and a witness, mentioned in Genesis 31:47, signifies quality on the part of good of the divine natural principle.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
To come down (Gen. 11:5), is predicated of Jehovah, by reason of his being called the Highest. This is spoken according to appearance.
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
A help-meet for him,' or 'a help as before him,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:18, signifies proprium, or what is one's own. However, whereas the...
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
'Bound up transgressions,' as in Lamentations 1:14, stands for falsities coming up towards interior or rational things.
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Grief is anxiety of heart or will.
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
cries of grief like the jackals and will be in sorrow like the ostriches
In Micah 1:8, dragons have respect to the devastation of good, and daughters of the night monster to the devastation of truth.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Gath, a city of the Philistines, signifies the spiritual principle of the church.
'Powder' or 'dust' refers to love of self and the world.
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
daughter of zion
'Virgin' and 'daughter of Zion' signify the church regarding the affection of good and truth.
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
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....
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.