In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
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...
'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...
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
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....
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
'Locusts' signify falsities in the extremes, which consume the truths and goods of the church in a person. 'The locusts' which John the Baptist ate...
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...
'Mildew' signifies being unreceptive of the good of love and faith.
'Weeping with a loud voice' signifies the ultimate of grief.
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...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
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...
'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...
Strong and without number
In Joel 1:6, 'strong' relates to the power of evil, and 'without number,' of the power of falsity.
'Teeth' signify the outer edges of the life of the natural self, or the sensory level. This has two kinds, the will, and the understanding....
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
A fig tree signifies natural good. A fig tree, as in Judges 9:13, signifies the external good of the celestial church.
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...
'White' relates to truths, because it originates in the light of the sun.
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...
'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.
'Tender of age' denotes the state of truths newly received not yet genuine.
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....
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...
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
'Wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and vetches,' as in Ezekiel 4:9, 12, signify various kinds of good, and their derivative truths. Bread, or a cake,...
'A harvest' symbolizes the state of the church with respect to Divine truth. The reason is that a harvest yields the grain used to make...
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
'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...
'An apple', as in Joel 1:12, signifies joy of heart from natural good derived from spiritual good.
Trees of the field
'The trees of the field,' as in Ezekiel 31:15, signify the knowledges of truth in the church.
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
To gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
'To wail and howl,' as in Micah 1:8, signifies the grief of the angels of heaven and the people of the church, where the church...
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.
'The inhabitants of Teman,' as in Jeremiah 49:20, signifies the evils and falsities opposed to the Lord’s celestial kingdom.
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'The spoil in mine house,' as in Malachi 3:10, signifies remains in the internal self, because they are stealthily implanted among many evils and falsities.
'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...
The 'storehouses' built by the enslaved Israelites denote doctrines from falsified truths.
"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...
Plants in the Bible generally represent facts, knowledge that can be gleaned from the world. Plants that can serve animals as food represent facts that...
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...
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...
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
A flame signifies spiritual good, and the light of it truth from that good. A flame of fire, as in Revelation 1:14, signifies spiritual love,...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.