'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
daughter of zion
'Virgin' and 'daughter of Zion' signify the church regarding the affection of good and truth.
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'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...
'To remember,' as in Genesis 41:9, signifies conjunction. 'Remembering' denotes conjunction because the remembrance of anyone in the other life joins them together, because as...
A footstool, as in Psalm 132:7, signifies the Lord's church in the earths. A footstool, as in Psalm 110:1, signifies the lowest region under the...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
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...
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
Strong holds,' as in Daniel 11:39, signify the aspects of self-derived intelligence confirmed by he literal sense of the Word.
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.
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
'Fierce anger,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies grievous aversion from good.
'A horn,' when spoken of the Lord, signifies omnipotence. 'The little horn that rose up,' as mentioned in Daniel 7:3-8, signifies the full perversion of...
'The man of the right hand,' as in Psalm 80:17, signifies the Lord with respect to the Word. He is called 'the man of the...
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...
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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil destroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
Fury is a receding from good, and anger is a receding from truth.
'A palace,' as in Psalm 144:12, represents the understanding in which truths have a beautiful form. They have a beautiful form when they are from...
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.
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 Exodus 31:13, 'verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep,' signifies continuous holy thought about the union of the Lord’s divine with His human.
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
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 first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
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...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'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,...
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 hand in the Bible represents power, which is easy to understand, so to reach out or stretch out the hand means to exercise power,...
To “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'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...
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...
Vision is the innermost revelation, which is of perception. Visions are according to the state of humankind. The visions of people whose interiors are closed,...
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.
'To sit before Jehovah' is to be with Him, and so, it also means willing and acting from Him. 'To stand before Him,' is to...
'Powder' or 'dust' refers to love of self and the world.
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 gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.
A ‘virgin’ in the Word means those who are in the Lord’s kingdom. –Secrets of Heaven 3081...
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...
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...
'A tear' signifies grief because of a lack of understanding of truth.
'The liver,' as in Exodus 29:13, signifies interior purification, and 'the caul above the liver,' the inferior good of the external or natural self.
The infants in the street,' in Jeremiah 9:21, signify truth beginning to grow.
To 'suckle' denotes taking in good, because 'a nurse,' or 'one who suckles' signifies implanting good. To 'suckle,' as in Genesis 21:7, signifies implanting the...
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...
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...
Corn,' as in Genesis 42:2, here stands for a word in the original language which means 'breaking,' and also for a similar word meaning to...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Pouring out the vials upon the earth, which contained the plagues,' in Revelation 16:1, signifies influx of the reformed into the church, or into people...
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
"Bosom" in general terms means the chest, but more as the seat of the emotions than simply as part of the body. You'd think of...
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...
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;...
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
'Vanity' signifies evil and the falsity of evil. 'Vanities of strangers' signifies falsities of religion.
Folly, iniquity, hypocrisy, and error, as in Isaiah 32:6: Folly has respect to the false, iniquity signifies evil, hypocrisy, the evils spoken against goods, and...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
Captivity and spoil (Daniel 11:33) signifies the deprivation of every truth and good.
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...
Days of old
The days of old (Psalms 77:5) signify states of the most ancient church, and years of ancient times, states of the ancient church.
To make glad signifies influx and reception from joy of heart.
Foes, or adversaries, denote the falsities of evil. Foes, or adversaries, when predicate of the Lord, signifies to avert falsities derived from evil.
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...
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.
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...
'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...
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
The phrase 'in the streets and synagogues' in Matthew 6:2, 5, and Luke 8:26-27, refers to a representative rite amongst the Jews to teach in...
The word "woman" is used a number of different ways in the Bible – as a simple description, as someone connected to a man ("his...
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...
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...
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.