'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...
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...
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...
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...
Jeremiah, in the Book of Jeremiah 1:1 and what follows, represents the Lord. (Arcana Coelestia 2838 ). In Jeremiah 13:7, he signifies the state of...
'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...
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
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...
'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...
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.
'To overflow,' as in Daniel 11:40, signifies immersion in falsities and evils.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
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...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
Islands' signify the natural mind, or the natural human, regarding truths and falsities. People who are steeped in the internal sense of the Word, such...
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
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...
When something is described as quiet, still or calm in the Bible, it represents the state of peace that comes with being aligned with the...
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...