"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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'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 'swallow' signifies natural truth.
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...
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.
'A blast of the breath of the nostrils' signify the same thing as 'his anger and wrath.'
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...
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
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 human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
'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,...
Vision is the innermost revelation, which is of perception. Visions are according to the state of humankind. The visions of people whose interiors are closed,...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.
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...
'A tear' signifies grief because of a lack of understanding of truth.
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...
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...