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,...
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...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
'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...
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...
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...
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
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...
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...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
To make a nest,' as in Jeremiah 48:28, when related to a bird, signifies the same thing as 'to dwell,' which is fulfilling the duties...
'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.
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
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...
'Violence' signifies the outrage done to charity and the destruction of charity and faith. 'Violence,' as in Jeremiah 15:21, signifies falsities which assault the good...
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.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
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...
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...
To make glad signifies influx and reception from joy of heart.
'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...
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.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...
"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...
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.
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....
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
'Inflame' refers to a person's kindling lust.
'To be consumed as stubble' denotes total vastation.
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...
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)
'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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.