The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
The children of Israel represent 'lamentation' by various things which signified some evil of the church among them for which they were punished. When they...
'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 many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
'Whelp of a lion,' as in Genesis 49:9, denotes innocence with might. 'Whelp of a lion,' as in Deuteronomy 32:22, signifies the first part of...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'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...
In Job 9:30, 'waters of snow' denotes truths which are or appear genuine. 'Lye' denotes the good which purifies, and 'the ditch' denotes falsity.
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...
'The land of Shinar,' as in Genesis 10:10, signifies external worship, which has profane internal.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
In Genesis 9:27, 'God spreading out Japheth' signifies his enlightenment. In a literal sense 'to spread out' signifies extending the borders, but in a spiritual...
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
In Hosea 5:13, 'the Assyrian' and 'King Jareb' signify the rational principle, perverted of its good and of its truth.
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
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...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
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...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
Fury is a receding from good, and anger is a receding from truth.
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...
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...
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the...
Strength' relates truth and falsity. Strength,' as in Luke 10:27, signifies the will and understanding extended to extremes. Strength,' as in Revelation 1:6, signifies divine...
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...
'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 go forth, as in Genesis 19:14, signifies to recede from, or not to remain in [evil]. To go forth, as in Genesis 41:45, denotes...