There are three arks mentioned in the Word, the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes for the baby Moses, and the ark of the...
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
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 crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
For something to be cast down or cast out generally refers to a rather dramatic move from a higher spiritual state to a lower one....
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
Generally when things in the Bible are described as having two sides – especially when the two sides are equal – it has to do...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...
'The mercy seat' denotes cleansing from evils or remission of sins.
A Cherub has as its first definition in the dictionary, “A winged heavenly creature.” Cherubim is the plural of cherub. In the Word, the words...
'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...
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...
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...
The ten fingers signify all things terminated in ultimates.
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
In Revelation 14, 'the seven vials' have the same significance as the seven plagues, because they are containing vessels. Anything containing something, in the Word,...
To be "pure" in the Bible means - unsurprisingly - to be devoid of evil. Thus all the washing for purification prescribed in the Laws...
"Cup" in the Bible is often used as synonym for wine, and the meaning is essentially the same: Cups represent true ideas on the spiritual...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
'Turpentine nuts,' or 'dates,' denote goods of life corresponding to the truths of natural good.
A branch (Matt. 24:32) signifies affection, for affection springs and flourishes from good as a branch Springs from its trunk. A branch (Mal. 4:1) denotes...
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
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...
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
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...
'Incense' or 'odors' signify worship and confession of the Lord, from spiritual goods and truths.
'Square' signifies righteousness.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Perfumes, ointment, and frankincense,' as in Revelation 18:13, signify spiritual aspects of worship.
The divine good sanctifies, and the divine truth is what is made holy.
In Genesis 37:25, 'spices, resin, and myrrh' signify interior natural truths joined to good in the natural level. Among the ancients, they used things with...