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...
'The land of Shinar,' as in Genesis 10:10, signifies external worship, which has profane internal.
Chedorlaomer, the king mentioned in Genesis 14:4, 5, denotes apparent good and truth in the Lord's external man. Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, signifies truths; and...
Elam, mentioned in Isaiah 21:1, signifies faith originating in charity, consequently, the internal church. Elam, in Jeremiah 49:34, (Jer. 49:34), signifies the falsification of doctrine....
'Tidal, king of Goiim' signifies goods.
‘Goiim’ signify goods.
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
'Sodom' signifies the evil of self-love, and 'Gomorrah,' the falsity derived from it.
'Shinab, king of Admah' is a kind of evil lust and false persuasion which the Lord fought against.
'Shemeber' denotes evil lusts and false persuasions.
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...
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
Valley of Siddim
'The vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea' as in Genesis 14:3, signifies the filthiness of lusts and the falsities derived from them.
'The valley of Siddim' signifies the uncleanness of lust, and the falsities derived from them.
'Salt' is the desire of conjunction of truth with good, which is why only salt will conjoin water, which corresponds to truth, and oil, which...
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
'The thirteenth year,' as in Genesis 14, signifies the beginning of the Lord’s temptations in childhood.
'Thirteen,' between twelve and fourteen, denotes the intermediate state. 'Thirteen,' as the sum of ten and three, denotes remains.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
Fourteen, as in Genesis 31:40, signifies a first period of time. The fourteenth year, as in Genesis 14:5, signifies the first temptation of the Lord...
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'The Rephaim' signify people who, above all others, were in the love of self, and so most completely natural. From the persuasion of their own...
In Genesis 14:5, a tribe of people named the Zuzim are mentioned. The Zuzim have a similar spiritual meaning to the Nephilim, who are mentioned...
'The land of Ham' signifies the church destroyed.
'Horites,' as mentioned in Genesis 14:6, represent those who are principled in the persuasions of what is false, grounded in self-love.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Mount Seir' denotes the human essence of the Lord.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
'Kadesh' denotes truths, and contention about truths.
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...
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
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The kings of Media and Persia' represent people who are in faith separate from charity.
Flight, as in Matthew 14:20, signifies removal from a state of the good of love and innocence. Flight, as in Mark 8:18, signifies the last...
The “goods” that people have in the Bible – their possessions – represent spiritual possessions, which are desires to be good and knowledge that helps...
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....
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,...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
The term 'Hebrew' is used in the Word to signify anything relating to service, whatever its nature may be. Hence Abraham, in one passage only...
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...
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
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...
'Three hundred' signifies fullness, because the number comes from three and a hundred multiplied. Both 'three' and 'a hundred' signifies fullness. The significance of products...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
The tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.
The word "woman" is used a number of different ways in the Bible – as a simple description, as someone connected to a man ("his...
A help-meet for him,' or 'a help as before him,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:18, signifies proprium, or what is one's own. However, whereas the...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
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...
'Shaveh and Kiriathaim' signify the hells of the people in persuasions of falsity.
'Melchizedek' signifies the celestial parts of the interior self with the Lord. 'Melchizedek, a priest and king in one person,' represents the divine humanity of...
'Salem' signifies a state of peace and perfection, or the tranquility of peace. 'Salem,' as in Psalm 76:3, signifies the Lord’s spiritual kingdom where there...
'The most high' signifies the inmost.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom 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...
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...
Heaven and earth
'Heaven and earth' signify, in general, the internal and external church. In particular, they signify the internal and external, or the spiritual and the natural...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'Tithes,' as in tenths, signifies goods and truths stored up from the Lord in a person’s interior self. These goods are called remains. When these...
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...
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...
In the Word, 'the sole of the foot' and 'the heel' signifies the ultimate natural. 'The shoe' is what clothes the sole of the foot...
'Wealth' signifies scientific knowledge, as seen in several passages in the Word.