'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...
'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...
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...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Feathers signify spiritual good, from which truth is derived.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
'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...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
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...
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
We tend to think of "fruit" in two ways in natural language. One is as food that grows on trees and vines, sweet and delicious,...
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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...
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...
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
'Pharaoh' signifies scientific ideas, or the natural principle in general. 'Pharaoh' signifies false ideas infesting the truth of the church. Pharaoh,' in Genesis 40, represents...
'Mound' signifies truths not appearing because they are falsified.
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
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...
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...