The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
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...
'Produce' denotes fruit derived from the good of charity, and truth of faith.
'Spreading themselves on the earth,' as in Genesis 8:17, signifies the internal self operating on the external.
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...
'To move' denotes living.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
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...
'To require of another' denotes the state when one thing is joined to another so that it cannot be separated.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
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...
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.
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...
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil destroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)
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...
'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...
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...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
'Shem' can be understood to be internal worship, 'Japheth' is the corresponding external worship, 'Ham' is internal worship corrupted, and 'Canaan' is external worship separate...
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 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...
'A husbandman,' as mentioned in Amos 5:16, signifies the man of the church, because 'field' signifies the church regarding the implantation of truth. 'A husbandman,'...
Till the ground
'To till the ground,' as in Genesis 4:12, signifies cultivating division or heresy. 'A tiller of the ground' is someone without charity, but may be...
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...
'To plant' denotes regeneration.
'Vineyard and branch,' as in Psalm 80:15, signifies the spiritual church represented by the sons of Israel.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
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...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
“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 learned,' or 'wise,' who 'shall shine as the stars,' are people who are in good.
In general, birth order in the Bible reflects the progression of spiritual states, but the specifics of those states depends greatly on context: who the...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
Servant of servants
'A servant of servants,' as in Genesis 9:25, signifies worship in externals without charity, or the most vile things in the church.
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...
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 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...
'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...
'Three hundred' signifies fullness, because the number comes from three and a hundred multiplied. Both 'three' and 'a hundred' signifies fullness. The significance of products...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
Hundred and fifty
'A hundred and fifty,' as mentioned in Genesis 7:24, signifies a last and first term. Here, it refers to the last term of the most...
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....
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...
'Nine' signifies conjunction.
'The soul going forth' and 'dying,' as in Genesis 35:18, signifies the extreme of temptation, which is when the old self dies and the new...