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...
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
'Nadab' signifies doctrine from the internal sense of the Word.
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
Glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving signify the Lord's divine spiritual principle. Honor, virtue and might signify his divine celestial principle, as in Revelation 7:12.
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
At its heart, wisdom is love's imperative desire to take form. That's a tricky statement, but think of it this way: If you love someone,...
'To be satiated,' as in Revelation 19:21, signifies being nourished by lusts, and taking them in with delight.
There are two aspects to the life of each person. We might call them "heart" and "mind," a part of us that wants and feels...
Throughout the Word, a distinction is made between wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. 'Wisdom' means from good, 'intelligence' is from truth, and 'knowledge' is in a...
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
A coat, as in Matthew 10:10, signifies interior natural truth, or truth of the natural principle. The Lord's coat without seam, woven from above throughout...
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...
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
'Scarlet,' as in Isaiah 1:18, signifies truth derived from good, or truth from a celestial origin, such as is the truth of the Word in...
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
Works, emeralds, purple broidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate, (Ezek. 27:16), signify knowledges of good.
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
'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...
'The shoulder' signifies all power. 'The shoulder,' as in Ezekiel 29:7, signifies the power or faculty of understanding truth. 'To dwell between his shoulders,' as...
The two sticks, in Ezekiel 37:16-22, signify the celestial and spiritual kingdom of the Lord.
'Woven,' as in Exodus 28:32, signifies the celestial degree, or what relates to the will, because the will flows into the understanding and forms it.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
To gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
Onyx stones set in pouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:11, signifies that the good of love would enter by influx into the truth of...
A grave, as in Psalm 88:5, signifies hell. ‘To come forth out of the grave,’ as in John 5:29, signifies to come forth out of...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
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...
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...
Engraver in stone
An engraver in stone (Exod. 18:11) signifies the good of love, thus the things pertaining to the will of the regenerate man, for this is...
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'For a sign and for a memorial,' denotes that a thing should be perpetually remembered.
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...
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...
To be "pure" in the Bible means - unsurprisingly - to be devoid of evil. Thus all the washing for purification prescribed in the Laws...
Breastplate of judgment
The breastplate of judgment (Exod. 28:15) signifies divine truth shining forth from the divine good of the Lord in the ultimates.
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...
'Square' signifies righteousness.
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'A ruby' or 'sardius stone' signifies the truth of celestial good.
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.
A carbuncle (Exodus 28:17) signifies the good of celestial love.
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
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...
Emerald, purple, broidered-work, fine linen, coral, and agate (Ezek. 27:16), signify the knowledges of good.
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
Jacinth' signifies intelligence from spiritual love, and in an opposite sense, intelligence from infernal love, which is self-derived intelligence.
In Exodus 28:19, 'the ligure, agate, and amethyst' signify the spiritual love of good, or the internal good of the spiritual kingdom.
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
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...
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
'The twelve tribes of Israel' signify all the goods and truths of the church in their order. 'The twelve angels' in Revelation 21:12 signify the...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'Underneath' or 'below,' in the internal sense, signifies being outside.
There are only a couple of references in the Writings to "close" used as a verb, and both stem from Amos 9:11, which talks about...
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'Urim,' as in Isaiah 24:15, signifies the light from the divine truth proceeding from the Lord.
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
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...
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
'Pomegranates,' as in Exodus 28:34, signify the scientific ideas of good and truth, which are doctrinal matters from the Word in the memory, which is...
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'To perish,' or 'die,' relates to damnation, or the state in hell.
Plate of pure gold
The plat of pure gold on Aaron’s forehead,' as in Exodus 28:36, signifies illustrations from the Lord’s divine good, because 'a plate is illustration,' and...
The forehead corresponds to heavenly love. The forehead signifies love both good and evil: because the face is the inmost of man's affections and the...
Oil in the Bible represents the Lord’s love, so anointing someone (or something) with oil was a way to make that person (or object) a...
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
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...
Clothing in general represents day-to-day knowledge about spiritual things, held in the memory so it can be used for the goodness of life. For someone...
'Loins' in general, signify love, and when referring to the Lord, divine love. 'Loins' signify the interiors of conjugial love. Loins,' as in Isaiah 11:5,...
The hand in the Bible represents power, which is easy to understand, so to reach out or stretch out the hand means to exercise power,...
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...
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...
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...