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...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Idols of stone signify worship from falsities of doctrine. Idols of wood signify worship from evils of doctrine. Idols of silver signify worship from what...
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...
'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...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
In Exodus 31:13, 'verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep,' signifies continuous holy thought about the union of the Lord’s divine with His human.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
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...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
The meaning of "scatter" in the Bible is relatively literal, but it is used in regard to spiritual things, not natural ones. So to "scatter"...
Uncleanness and scum, as in Ezekiel 24:11, signifies evil and falsity.
'Tin,' as in Ezekiel 22:18, has respect to the literal sense of the Word, or the goods and truths of the natural self.
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...
'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,...
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...
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...
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'A wolf' signifies eagerness to seize, but also eagerness to rescue and deliver the good.
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
'A hedge,' as mentioned in Matthew 21:33, signifies preservation from falsities of evil which are from hell.
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....