Abram and Nahor taking to themselves wives, Sarah and Milcah (Gen 11:29), signifies marriages of evil with falsity in idolatrous worship. Abram, Nahor, and Haran,...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...
'South' denotes truth in light.
'Wealth' signifies scientific knowledge, as seen in several passages in the Word.
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Money' relates to truth.
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
Hai, or Ai, signifies light derived from worldly things.
'The first and the last' signifies that the Lord is the only God.
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...
name of the lord
Names in the Bible are not simply names; they represent the qualities of the people who bear them. So the various names of the Lord...
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 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...
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
'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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Sufficiency' relates to the reception of good, because good is the spiritual nourishment of the soul, as natural food is the nourishment of the body.
The Writings tell us that shepherds represent those who lead and teach others, using knowledge and true ideas to help people reach the goodness of...
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...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
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...
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,...
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...
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
'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 land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...
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...
'Sodom' signifies the evil of self-love, and 'Gomorrah,' the falsity derived from it.
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....
Zoar, a city mentioned in Genesis 8:10, signifies the affection of goodness. Zoar was located not far from Sodom; Lot fled to Zoar after he...
Land of Canaan
The land of Canaan' in the Word, means love, and consequently, the will of the celestial self.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
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...
'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...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
'Powder' or 'dust' refers to love of self and the world.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Mamre was an Amorite who lived in the land of Canaan, in the area called Hebron in what would much later be the kingdom of...
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.