'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 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...
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.
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
'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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
In court, a witness is someone who saw a crime being committed, or observed something that could help determine the guilt or innocence of the...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'To melt' denotes vanishing before the heat of lust.
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
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...
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...
'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 "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'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...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
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...
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
klae soos die jakkalse en treur soos die volstruise
In Micah 1:8, dragons have respect to the devastation of good, and daughters of the night monster to the devastation of truth.
Gath, a city of the Philistines, signifies the spiritual principle of the church.
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
Dust, in Ezekiel 26:12, signifies the lowest things which are of the sensual principle of man. In Isaiah 40:12, the dust signifies exterior or natural...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
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...
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...
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
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...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.