'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...
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'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...
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
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...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
Rope or cord denotes conjunction.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
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...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
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...
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
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...
'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.
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...
A dove (Gen. 8.) signifies goodness and truth. A dove, as in Hosea 11:11, signifies rational good.
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...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
Guile signifies to deceive and seduce for a deliberate purpose.
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.