The children of Israel represent 'lamentation' by various things which signified some evil of the church among them for which they were punished. When they...
'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...
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...
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
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...
'The learned,' or 'wise,' who 'shall shine as the stars,' are people who are in good.
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
In Job 9:30, 'waters of snow' denotes truths which are or appear genuine. 'Lye' denotes the good which purifies, and 'the ditch' denotes falsity.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'A voice crying,' and 'the voice of a cry,' are common expressions in the Word, and are applied whenever there is a noise or disturbance,...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
To cast the net on the right side,' as in John 21:6, signifies teaching the good of life.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
Fury is a receding from good, and anger is a receding from truth.
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...
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...
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
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...
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...