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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
Because people are governed by angels and spirits, in Genesis 1:26 it says 'let us make man into our image.' But because the Lord alone...
'To send' signifies revealing.
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...
'Rocks' signify the good and truth of faith.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...
Esau (Gen. 28:5, etc.) signifies the truth of good in the natural principle. Esau (Gen. 32:3) signifies celestial good in the natural principle.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
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...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
A foreigner, as in Exodus 12:45, signifies one who does good from his own natural disposition alone.
"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...
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...
On the most internal level, the stories of Abraham tell us about the Lord's development in his own childhood, with Abraham representing the Lord's spiritual...
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
'Inflame' refers to a person's kindling lust.
Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, is one of the favorite characters in the Bible, with his troubles, his triumphs over them, and his constant trust in...
'South' denotes truth in light.
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...
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...
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
Also, Benjamin signifies the Word in its ultimate sense (Deut. 33:12)
Mount Gilead, as in Genesis 31:21, 23, as a boundary, in a spiritual sense, signifies the first good, which is that of things pertaining to...
'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...
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...