'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 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...
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
In court, a witness is someone who saw a crime being committed, or observed something that could help determine the guilt or innocence of the...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
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...
'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...
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...
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
'Images' denote things fashioned from man’s own intelligence.
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
Gath, a city of the Philistines, signifies the spiritual principle of the church.
'Unclothed' signifies being deprived of the truths of faith.
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
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...
'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...
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.