'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
'Noah,' as in Genesis 5:29, signifies the ancient church, or the parent of the three churches after the flood.
'Shem,' as in Genesis 10:21, signifies the ancient church in general.
In a general sense, being "born" in the Bible represents one spiritual state producing another, usually some form of love or affection producing or "giving...
‘Gomer’ denotes those who are in outward worship.
'Magog' signifies people in external natural worship.
'Madai,' as in Isaiah 21:1, signifies the external church, or external worship in which is the internal. See Genesis 10:2, where 'Madai' is called 'the...
'Tiras,' as in Genesis 10:2, was one of the nations practicing external worship corresponding with internal. These nations, in an internal sense, signify several doctrines,...
'Riphath,' in Genesis 10:3, was one of several nations which had an external form of worship, and signifies several doctrinal matters, which respected ritual observances...
'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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Phut' or 'Libya' signifies knowledges collected from the literal sense of the Word and applied to confirm false principles, and also simply these knowledges.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
'Nimrod,' as in Genesis 10, signifies people who make internal worship external by depending upon external worship alone.
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,"...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
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...
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...
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...
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
'Nineveh' signifies the falsities of doctrinal matters, also the Gentiles, or the falsities originating in the fallacies of the senses, in the obscurity of an...
Calah (Gen. 10:12) signifies falsity derived from evil lusts.
'Resen, between Nineveh and Calah,' as in Genesis 10:12, signifies false doctrinal matters of life, originating in the specific falsities signified by 'Nineveh' and 'Calah.'
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Lydians,' as in Jeremiah 46:8, signify fact based rituals.
'Lehabim' signify the rituals of external worship, from a merely scientific perspective.
'Naphtuhim' signify external rituals of worship.
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...
When the Bible talks about generations or birth order, the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual states and their relative importance....
The daughters of Heth, as mentioned in Genesis 27:46, signify the affections of truth from a ground that is not genuine. Here they are the...
The Hivites' represent those who were in idolatry, but in which there was something of good.
A 'Hamathite' signifies variety of idolatry.
The meaning of "scatter" in the Bible is relatively literal, but it is used in regard to spiritual things, not natural ones. So to "scatter"...
Gerar, as in Genesis 10:19, signifies those things which are revealed concerning faith.
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.
"Sodom" in the Bible represents the love of self and the love of ruling or dominating others springing from the love of self. This is...
'The tongue,' as an organ, signifies doctrine, but as speech, or language, it signifies religion. 'Tongue' signifies perception of truth with respect to speech, and...
Swedenborg tells us that space and time in the physical world correspond to states of life in the spiritual world. So when the Bible talks...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
Elam, mentioned in Isaiah 21:1, signifies faith originating in charity, consequently, the internal church. Elam, in Jeremiah 49:34, (Jer. 49:34), signifies the falsification of doctrine....
Arphaxad (Genesis 10:24) signifies science.
'Lud,' as in Genesis 10:22, signifies the knowledge of truth.
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.
'Hul' signifies so many several kinds of knowledges derived from the knowledges of good.
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
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...
'Peleg,' as in Genesis 10:25, signifies the internal worship of the ancient church called Eber. Peleg,' as in Genesis 11:16, being mentioned as the son...
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...
Joktan,' as in Genesis 10:25, signifies the external worship in the church called Eber.
'Sheleph,' as in Genesis 10:26, is a ritual of the worship of the church called Eber.
'Hazarmaveth,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:26, signifies a ritual of the worship of the church called Eber.
'Jerah,' in Genesis 10:27, is a ritual of the church called 'Eber.'
Hadoram, as mentioned in Genesis 27, signifies a ritual of the church called 'Eber.'
Diklah, mentioned in Genesis 10:27, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber.
'Obal,' as in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber.
Abimael (Gen 10:28), represents the ritual of the church called Eber.
'Ophir,' as in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called 'Eber.' Gold of Ophir,' as in Isaiah 8:13 and Psalm 45, signifies spiritual...
'Sephar,' as in Genesis 10:30, signifies good.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.