'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
The sounds of trumpets are heard in heaven when assemblies and appointments happen. So among the children of Israel, for whom everything was representative of...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
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 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...
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
'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...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
'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,...
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...
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
'A workman,' as in Hosea 8:6, signifies a person’s proprium or selfhood. 'A workman,' as in Zechariah 1:20, signifies the same thing as 'iron,' that...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
'Meal and farina' signifies the truth of faith, or truth from good.
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nations.” When it uses “nation,” it is talking about a group with the...
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
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...
All laws, even civil and judicial laws, which are in the Word, correspond to the laws of good and truth, which are in heaven.
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...
'Offerings' signify worship.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
'To be satisfied with favor' signifies being filled with the good of love, and 'to be full with the blessings of the Lord' signifies being...
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...
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...
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...
In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'To send' signifies revealing.
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...