Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
'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...
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
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...
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
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...
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
Dew, in Deut. 32:2 signifies the multiplication of truth from good, and the fructification of good by truth.
Chaff is mentioned in Matthew 3:12 signifies falsity of every kind, derived from an infernal origin.
The floor, as in Matthew 3:12, signifies the world of spirits which is between heaven and hell, and where the separation of evils and falsities...
'Smoke' signifies divine truth in extremes, because 'fire' which gives off smoke, signifies love. 'Smoke' also signifies the same thing as 'cloud' in many places....
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...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
'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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
'A leopard,' being a crafty and insidious animal, particularly represents people who confirm faith separate from good works. 'A leopard' signifies the affection or lust...
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....
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...
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
In Jeremiah 12:12, 'spoilers' signify evils and falsities, which cause good and truth to perish, or evils from a lack of truth.
'Treasure,' as in Matthew 13:44, signifies divine truth in the Word.
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
To be with child, (Gen. 38:24), signifies to produce something.