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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Frogs were produced from the waters of Egypt, because the waters of Egypt signified falsities of doctrine upon which their reasonings were founded.
The Nile' or 'river of Egypt' represents the sensory things subject to the intellectual mind, and the scientific ideas which are derived from them. This...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
A bed of ivory (Amos 6:4) are doctrines apparently from rational truths.
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...
'An oven,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies hell, where the people live who confirm themselves in false doctrines and evils of life from earthly and...
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...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
'Tomorrow' signifies eternity.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
in the spiritual world, are appearances arising from the diversity of affection and of thought so derived
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...
To 'stink,' as in Genesis 34:30, denotes aversion and abomination.
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
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...
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.
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,...
'Powder' or 'dust' refers to love of self and the world.
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...
The ten fingers signify all things terminated in ultimates.
Finger of god
The Finger of God, as in Exodus 8:19, signifies power from the divine principle.
'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...
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
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...
'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...
'Swarms of flies,' as in Exodus 8:21, siginfy malevolent falsities.
Egyptians represent those who are in natural science, thus the natural, but the Hebrews, those who are of the church, thus respectively the spiritual. The...
‘The land of Goshen,’ as in Genesis 46:28, signifies the innermost parts of the natural mind.
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'Offerings' signify worship.
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...
The act of 'stoning' means condemnation and a curse, because of the destruction of truth in the church.
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
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...
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...
To go out to meet, as in Genesis 14:17, signifies to submit themselves. To go out, as in Genesis 28:10, signifies to live more remotely....
The spiritual meaning of being deceitful is pretty close to the literal meaning: According to the Writings it means using false thinking and logic to...
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...