'Needlework,' as in Exodus 26:36, signifies the scientific principle.
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.
'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,...
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
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...
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...
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
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...
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...
'Thin,' as in Genesis 41:6, denotes useless. This is because 'thin' is the opposite of 'full,' which describes use, or in the same way, good,...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
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...
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 put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
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...
'Square' signifies righteousness.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
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...
'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...
'Precious stones,' in application to the Word, symbolizes the Divine truth of the Word in its literal sense which the Divine truth in its spiritual...
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.
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...
'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...
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
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...
'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.
'Cord of formlessness,' and 'the stone of the void,' as in Isaiah 34:11, signify the desolation and vastation of truth.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
'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,...
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...
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...
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
The crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...
'Words,' as in Exodus 34:28, signify everything pertaining to doctrine.
house of the
'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
'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...
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
There are three arks mentioned in the Word, the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes for the baby Moses, and the ark of the...
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general....
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
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...
Sweet' signifies delightful things from the good of truth and the truth of good. Everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to delightful and pleasant...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that “washing” in the Bible represents purification. Washing dirt from the skin is symbolic...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
Cords and nails
In Isaiah 54:2, cords signify the conjunction of good and truth, and nails the confirmation thereof.
Instruments of music,' according to correspondences, signify the pleasant and delightful affection of spiritual and celestial things. Therefore, also in many of the Psalms of...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
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...
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving (Rev. 7.) signify divine spiritual things of the Lord.