'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...
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
Feathers signify spiritual good, from which truth is derived.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
'Merchants' signify people who have knowledges of good and truth. Merchants,' as in Nahum 3:16, signify people who falsify the Word, and communicate, and sell.
'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...
'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...
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
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...
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...
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...
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
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...
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
'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...
To 'take the sum of the sons of Israel,' as in Exodus 30:12, signifies the whole church.
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...
'Wood' signifies good, as well the good of love to the Lord as the good of charity towards our neighbor.
'Withering and drying up,' as in Ezekiel 17:10, referring to the east wind, signifies when there is no good or truth.