The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom 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....
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'The dew of Hermon' signifies divine truth.
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
'Inhabit' refers to good.
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
Half and double in reference to numbers in the world have a similar signification as the numbers themselves.
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
Ammonite and Moabite ('Deuteronomy 23:3'), signify the profanation of the celestial and spiritual things of faith.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
'Salt' is the desire of conjunction of truth with good, which is why only salt will conjoin water, which corresponds to truth, and oil, which...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...
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...
'Og, king of Bashan' signifies being in evils of every kind.
A border as in Isaiah 54:12 signifies the scientific and sensual principle. "And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand-breath round about."...
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...
“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...
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.
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The kings of Media and Persia' represent people who are in faith separate from charity.
Joshua is first mentioned in Exodus 17, where he is told to select men to fight for the children of Israel against the Amalekites in...
'Libanus' signifies the spiritual church. The glory of Libanus,' as in Isaiah 9:13, signifies the celestial spiritual things of the Lord's kingdom and church.
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...
'Seir,' as in Genesis 33:14, signifies the conjunction of spiritual and celestial things in the natural level, that is, the truth of faith with 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...
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
'A plain' signifies good and truth in the natural self, because 'the people who dwell in plains,' or 'beneath mountains and hills' are in the...
'The wilderness of Sin,' as in Exodus 16, signifies the good from truth in a state of temptation.
'South' denotes truth in light.
'A Hittite' in a good sense, signifies the spiritual church, or the truth of the church. The Hittites were among the upright Gentiles who were...
The Hivites' represent those who were in idolatry, but in which there was something of good.
Jericho' signifies instruction and also the good of life because no one can be instructed in the truths of doctrine but he who is in...
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...
Hai, or Ai, signifies light derived from worldly things.
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, signifies the doctrine of love to the Lord, and how it governs your life. Jerusalem first comes to our attention in...
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.
'Sharon' signifies the celestial church, and the internal of the celestial church.
'The inhabitants of Hazor,' as mentioned in Jeremiah 49:30, signify those who possess spiritual riches, which are the things of faith. 'Hazor,' as mentioned in...
Carmel (Isa. 16:10) signifies the good of the church. Carmel also signifies the celestial church. (Isa. 35:2.)
The Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
Gilgal signifies the doctrine of natural truth, serving for introduction into the church.
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...