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.
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...
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...
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
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...
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
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...
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' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
Dust, in Ezekiel 26:12, signifies the lowest things which are of the sensual principle of man. In Isaiah 40:12, the dust signifies exterior or natural...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
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...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.