'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...
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.
'A tribe' signifies the church with respect to its truths and goods, and in the opposite sense, with respect to its falsities and evils. 'A...
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...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
'Poison' denotes deceit or hypocrisy in the spiritual sense.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
We tend to think of "fruit" in two ways in natural language. One is as food that grows on trees and vines, sweet and delicious,...
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...