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...
'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...
'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,...
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...
Chaff is mentioned in Matthew 3:12 signifies falsity of every kind, derived from an infernal origin.
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 Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
'A leopard,' being a crafty and insidious animal, particularly represents people who confirm faith separate from good works. 'A leopard' signifies the affection or lust...
Bears represent the power of the literal external stories and ideas of Bible, separate from their deeper meanings. Since they are wild carnivores, this is...
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...
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
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...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'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...
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'Treasure,' as in Matthew 13:44, signifies divine truth in the Word.