'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...
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
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...
Families (Gen 8:19) signify goodnesses and truths arranged in man by the Lord, according to order. Families have respect to truths. (Nahum 3:4)
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
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...
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
Plants in general stand for facts, knowledge, ideas, so it makes sense that a forest in the Bible represents a collection or system of external,...
"Birds" mean rational concepts in the external man and intellectual concepts in the internal man.
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...
The fearful signify people who have no faith.
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
'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...
'Legs' signify the exteriors of the natural man.
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...
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...
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Winter' signifies the same thing as 'night,' that is, the end of the church.
Summer' signifies the full state of the church, the same as 'noon.'
'Ivory' signifies natural truth.