'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...
'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...
Jaws,' in Isaiah 30:28, signify thoughts from the sensory bodily principle, and so: thoughts from fallacies.
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
A dove (Gen. 8.) signifies goodness and truth. A dove, as in Hosea 11:11, signifies rational good.
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...