'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
house of the
'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
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 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...
'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...
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
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...
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...
'To pursue,' as in Genesis 14:16, signifies a state of purification, because 'to pursue enemies' is the expulsion of evils and falsities which were with...
'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,...
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'A workman,' as in Hosea 8:6, signifies a person’s proprium or selfhood. 'A workman,' as in Zechariah 1:20, signifies the same thing as 'iron,' that...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
'To reap' signifies executing judgment. 'Reaping' denotes the reception of truth in good.
'Meal and farina' signifies the truth of faith, or truth from good.
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.
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...
'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...
A burden (Jer. 17:4) signifies that which is from the proprium of man.
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...
All laws, even civil and judicial laws, which are in the Word, correspond to the laws of good and truth, which are in heaven.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
'Offerings' signify worship.
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...
'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...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
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...
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.
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
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.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
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...
'A palace,' as in Psalm 144:12, represents the understanding in which truths have a beautiful form. They have a beautiful form when they are from...