To make glad signifies influx and reception from joy of heart.
'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 is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...
The floor, as in Matthew 3:12, signifies the world of spirits which is between heaven and hell, and where the separation of evils and falsities...
When the Bible talks about "feeding" it is generally referring to instruction in spiritual things – teaching people the true concepts that can lead them...
'Must' or 'new wine' denotes evil produced by false.
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'Pollution' denotes the truth of faith defiled.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Offerings' signify worship.
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
'Memphis' signifies people who desire wisdom of divine things from themselves.
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Nettles' signify vastation of good. An abandoned place of nettles,' as in Zephaniah 2:9, signifies the rage or burning of the life of a person...
'Ohalim' or 'tabernacles' signify the holy part of what is good.
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...
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
To be mad' signifies being spiritually insane.
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...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
'A watchman,' as in Isaiah 21:11, in an internal sense, signifies someone who observes the states of the church and its changes, which applies to...
'To be in a snare' signifies being taken and seduced by one’s own evil and falsity.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
Gibeah, as in 2 Samuel 6, signifies the natural or ultimate principle of the church. Gibeah, Ramah, and Bethaven, as in Hosea 5:8, denote those...
'To remember,' as in Genesis 41:9, signifies conjunction. 'Remembering' denotes conjunction because the remembrance of anyone in the other life joins them together, because as...
The end time of the church and each individual, is called 'the visitation,' and precedes judgment. 'Visitation' is nothing but an exploration of the quality...
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...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...
A fig tree signifies natural good. A fig tree, as in Judges 9:13, signifies the external good of the celestial church.
Baal-peor ('Numbers 25:5') signifies the adulteration of good.
To fly, when spoken of the Lord, signifies to foresee and to provide. To fly, when predicated of the Lord, also signifies omnipresence. To fly...
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
'Womb,' as in Genesis 49:25, signifies the conjunction of good and truth. The term 'belly' is used where truths are being discussed, and the term...
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....
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
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 breast (Ezek. 16:7), signifies natural good.
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
Gilgal signifies the doctrine of natural truth, serving for introduction into the church.
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
'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.
'Withering and drying up,' as in Ezekiel 17:10, referring to the east wind, signifies when there is no good or truth.
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...
'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...
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...