'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...
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...
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
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.
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
'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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
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...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
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...
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...
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
'A shrub' signifies the knowledges of truth.
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
To be fruitful is predicated of goodnesses, and to be multiplied, of truths.
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...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...