'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'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...
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...
'To pursue,' as in Genesis 14:16, signifies a state of purification, because 'to pursue enemies' is the expulsion of evils and falsities which were with...
'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,...
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to 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 Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
'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...
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...
A burden (Jer. 17:4) signifies that which is from the proprium of man.
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...
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
All laws, even civil and judicial laws, which are in the Word, correspond to the laws of good and truth, which are in heaven.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
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...
Punishment' is the consummation of evil, because after punishment, reformation succeeds. This is why it says in Deuteronomy 25:3, 'that no more than forty stripes...
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...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
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.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...