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....
'Noah,' as in Genesis 5:29, signifies the ancient church, or the parent of the three churches after the flood.
'Shem,' as in Genesis 10:21, signifies the ancient church in general.
Japhet' signifies the people who constitute the external church and correspond to the internal.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
‘Gomer’ denotes those who are in outward worship.
'Magog' signifies people in external natural worship.
'Madai,' as in Isaiah 21:1, signifies the external church, or external worship in which is the internal. See Genesis 10:2, where 'Madai' is called 'the...
'Riphath,' in Genesis 10:3, was one of several nations which had an external form of worship, and signifies several doctrinal matters, which respected ritual observances...
'Togarmah,' as in Ezekiel 27:14, signifies people in internal worship.
Islands' signify the natural mind, or the natural human, regarding truths and falsities. People who are steeped in the internal sense of the Word, such...
'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...
'The tongue,' as an organ, signifies doctrine, but as speech, or language, it signifies religion. 'Tongue' signifies perception of truth with respect to speech, and...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
'Nimrod,' as in Genesis 10, signifies people who make internal worship external by depending upon external worship alone.
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...
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...
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Nineveh' signifies the falsities of doctrinal matters, also the Gentiles, or the falsities originating in the fallacies of the senses, in the obscurity of an...
'Rehoboth,' as in Genesis 10:11, signifies false doctrines coming from the illusions of the senses, or ignorance, with a predominating desire for innovation or superiority.
'Resen, between Nineveh and Calah,' as in Genesis 10:12, signifies false doctrinal matters of life, originating in the specific falsities signified by 'Nineveh' and 'Calah.'
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Lydians,' as in Jeremiah 46:8, signify fact based rituals.
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...
The daughters of Heth, as mentioned in Genesis 27:46, signify the affections of truth from a ground that is not genuine. Here they are the...
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."...
Gerar, as in Genesis 10:19, signifies those things which are revealed concerning faith.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
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...
Elam, mentioned in Isaiah 21:1, signifies faith originating in charity, consequently, the internal church. Elam, in Jeremiah 49:34, (Jer. 49:34), signifies the falsification of doctrine....
Arphaxad (Genesis 10:24) signifies science.
'Lud,' as in Genesis 10:22, signifies the knowledge of truth.
'Syria,' as in Ezekiel 27:16, signifies the church regarding knowledges of truth and good.
Gether denotes various knowledges concerning good.
'Salah' denotes the products of knowledge.
'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...
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...
'Peleg,' as in Genesis 10:25, signifies the internal worship of the ancient church called Eber. Peleg,' as in Genesis 11:16, being mentioned as the son...
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...
Almodad (Genesis 10:26) was a ritual of the ancient church amongst the posterity of Eber.
'Hazarmaveth,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:26, signifies a ritual of the worship of the church called Eber.
Hadoram, as mentioned in Genesis 27, signifies a ritual of the church called 'Eber.'
'Obal,' as in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber.
Abimael (Gen 10:28), represents the ritual of the church called Eber.
'Ophir,' as in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called 'Eber.' Gold of Ophir,' as in Isaiah 8:13 and Psalm 45, signifies spiritual...
Habitation, as mentioned in Genesis 27:39, signifies life. The habitation of holiness signifies the celestial kingdom. The habitation of honorableness signifies the spiritual kingdom, as...
'Sephar,' as in Genesis 10:30, signifies good.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.