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...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
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...
'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 month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
'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...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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 let down,' as in Genesis 24:18, signifies an act of submission.
'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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
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...
'To stand,' and 'come forth' as in Daniel 7:10, refers to truth. In Genesis 24:13, it signifies a state of conjunction of divine truth 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...
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...
'Incense' or 'odors' signify worship and confession of the Lord, from spiritual goods and truths.
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...
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
Oil in the Bible represents the Lord’s love, so anointing someone (or something) with oil was a way to make that person (or object) a...
'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...
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...
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...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that “washing” in the Bible represents purification. Washing dirt from the skin is symbolic...
'To put on' is communication and imbuement.
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...
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
'To be made to prosper' signifies being provided for. Which is why 'Jehovah made it prosper in his hand' means Divine Providence.
'The priesthood' represents the Lord regarding the work of salvation, because this proceeds from the divine good of his divine love. 'The priesthood of Aaron,...
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...
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...
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
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 roof of a house is its highest point, and the part most exposed to the sun. So it makes sense that in the Bible,...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'Underneath' or 'below,' in the internal sense, signifies being outside.
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'South' denotes truth in light.
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...
'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.
Our feet are the lowest and most utilitarian parts of our bodies, and in the Bible they represent the lowest and most utilitarian part 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...
In Isaiah 19:1, "Jehovah rides upon a light cloud, and comes into Egypt", signifies the visitation of the natural man from spiritual-natural Divine Truth, for...
Glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving signify the Lord's divine spiritual principle. Honor, virtue and might signify his divine celestial principle, as in Revelation 7:12.
'To be satiated,' as in Revelation 19:21, signifies being nourished by lusts, and taking them in with delight.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'To shine' or 'shining' signifies being exempt from falsity, or pure by reason of truth.
As with many verbs, the meaning of "remove" in the Bible varies a good bit depending on context. It generally involves a separation of spiritual...
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...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
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 sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...
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...
'Mansions,' as in Genesis 6:14, signify the two parts of a person which are the will and understanding. 'Mansions,' as in lowest, secondary, and third,...