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.
'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...
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...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'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...
'Robes,' as in Revelation 7, signify truths of defense. Before they were washed they signified falsities. People in falsities from ignorance in the spiritual world,...
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.
'Wise men,' as in Matthew 23:34, signify the good of doctrine. 'The wise' signify people who teach the Word. 'They that be wise' signify being...
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 satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
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...
'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...
'Needlework,' as in Exodus 26:36, signifies the scientific principle.
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...
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.
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
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...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
'Square' signifies righteousness.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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...
Jewels' when applied to the ears, signify good in act.
'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...
Emerald, purple, broidered-work, fine linen, coral, and agate (Ezek. 27:16), signify 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...
'A ruby' or 'sardius stone' signifies the truth of celestial 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.
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.
To number,' as in Isaiah 22:10, signifies falsifying. To number bones,' as in Psalm 22:14-18, signifies desiring to dissipate truths by reasonings and false principles....
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...
'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.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
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...
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'Urim,' as in Isaiah 24:15, signifies the light from the divine truth proceeding from the Lord.
Urim and thummim
'The Urim and Thummim on Aaron's ephod' mean the goods and truths of the Word in the sense of its letter. 'Urim and Thummim' signifies...
Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and...
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
In the Word, people who trust to themselves and their own intelligence are sometimes called 'strong,' as in Isaiah 1:31. This is because they suppose...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
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...
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Words,' as in Exodus 34:28, signify everything pertaining to doctrine.
'A scarf,' as in Genesis 38:18, denotes truth, because it is one of the items associated with 'garments', and 'garments' in general mean truths. As...
'Offerings' signify worship.
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
A knee,' as in Genesis 30:5, signifies conjugial love. The king,' as in Isaiah 66:12, signifies celestial love. A knee,' as in Ezekiel 7:17, signifies...
'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...
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...
'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...