'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
Works, emeralds, purple broidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate, (Ezek. 27:16), signify knowledges of good.
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...
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...
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
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...
'Scarlet,' as in Isaiah 1:18, signifies truth derived from good, or truth from a celestial origin, such as is the truth of the Word in...
'Thin,' as in Genesis 41:6, denotes useless. This is because 'thin' is the opposite of 'full,' which describes use, or in the same way, good,...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
Onyx stones set in pouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:11, signifies that the good of love would enter by influx into the truth of...
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
To fast as in Mark 2:19, signifies to mourn on account of the defect of truth and good. Fasting corresponds to temptation.
There are only a couple of references in the Writings to "close" used as a verb, and both stem from Amos 9:11, which talks about...
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
'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...
'For a sign and for a memorial,' denotes that a thing should be perpetually remembered.
'Square' signifies righteousness.
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
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...
'The twelve precious stones' in the foundation of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21, signify every aspect of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem in...
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
'A ruby' or 'sardius stone' signifies the truth of celestial good.
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.
'Precious stones,' in application to the Word, symbolizes the Divine truth of the Word in its literal sense which the Divine truth in its spiritual...
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...
A carbuncle (Exodus 28:17) signifies the good of celestial love.
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
In Exodus 28:19, 'the ligure, agate, and amethyst' signify the spiritual love of good, or the internal good of the spiritual kingdom.
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.
Twelve tribes of Israel
'The twelve tribes of Israel' signify all the goods and truths of the church in their order. 'The twelve angels' in Revelation 21:12 signify the...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'To hang,' as mentioned in Genesis 41:13, signifies rejecting. 'Hanging' represents the damnation of profanation.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
Being bound, as in Genesis 42:16, denotes to be separated, for he who is kept b. is separated, viz., from the spiritual good, which is...
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
'Pomegranates,' as in Exodus 28:34, signify the scientific ideas of good and truth, which are doctrinal matters from the Word in the memory, which is...
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'The high-priest' refers to the divine good.
'Woven,' as in Exodus 28:32, signifies the celestial degree, or what relates to the will, because the will flows into the understanding and forms it.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
The sacred scripture, or Word, is divine truth itself. The whole sacred scripture is nothing but the doctrine of love and charity.
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
'The mercy seat' denotes cleansing from evils or remission of sins.
'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 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.
'Incense' or 'odors' signify worship and confession of the Lord, from spiritual goods and truths.
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...
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...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
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...
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
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...
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...