Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...
A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
'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...
'Words,' as in Exodus 34:28, signify everything pertaining to doctrine.
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...
The six days' or periods of time, are the various consecutive states in a person's regeneration. They are, in general, as follows: The first state...
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...
'To slumber' and 'sleep' denotes the state of a person who is not in truths, as in Jeremiah 51:39, 57, Psalm 8:3 and 76:5, and...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
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...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
The Sabbath was for the children of Israel the holiest observance, because it represented the Lord. The six days represented the Lord's toils and battles...
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...
'Spoil of gold, and silver, and cattle' signifies falsified truths.
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
Blue and purple signify celestial goods and truths, and scarlet double-dyed and fine-twined linen, spiritual goods and truths. (Exod. 28:33.) Blue and purple from the...
'Purple' corresponds to divine celestial good. 'Purple' signifies genuine good.
'Scarlet,' as in Isaiah 1:18, signifies truth derived from good, or truth from a celestial origin, such as is the truth of the Word in...
A fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
Works, emeralds, purple broidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate, (Ezek. 27:16), signify knowledges of good.
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...
'Satyrs,' as in Isaiah 13:21, signify goods adulterated.
The hair is the very outermost part of the body, and "hair" in the Bible represents the outermost expression of whatever the body represents. In...
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
'Shittim wood' signifies the good of merit, and in the highest sense, the mercy of the Lord.
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...
In Genesis 37:25, 'spices, resin, and myrrh' signify interior natural truths joined to good in the natural level. Among the ancients, they used things with...
Sweet' signifies delightful things from the good of truth and the truth of good. Everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to delightful and pleasant...
'Incense' or 'odors' signify worship and confession of the Lord, from spiritual goods and truths.
'Precious stones,' in application to the Word, symbolizes the Divine truth of the Word in its literal sense which the Divine truth in its spiritual...
Onyx stones set in pouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:11, signifies that the good of love would enter by influx into the truth of...
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...
The breast (Ezek. 16:7), signifies natural good.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
Planks' or 'boards,' as in for the tabernacle, signify supports from good, because they were made of wood, and supported the curtains both of the...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
The images of Beth-Shemesh (the house of the sun), as in Jeremiah 43:13, signify self worship.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
There are three arks mentioned in the Word, the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes for the baby Moses, and the ark of the...
In regular language, "mercy" means being caring and compassionate toward those who are in poor states. That's a position we are all in relative to...
'The mercy seat' denotes cleansing from evils or remission of sins.
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...
'A veil,' as in Genesis 38:19, signifies obscurity of the truth. The first vail of the tabernacle, which was the screen in front of the...
Food and drink in the Bible represent the desire to be loving and the understanding of how to be loving, gifts that flow from the...
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...
'Shew-bread' signifies the divine good of the Lord’s divine love.
'Shew' signifies instruction to the life.
The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general....
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...
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...
The foot, as in Deuteronomy 33:3, signifies an inferior principle. To set the right foot on the sea and the left on the earth, as...
The court of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), etc., signifies the external of heaven, or the first, which is also called the ultimate heaven.
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, one during the first part of the exodus, when he was Moses' spokesperson, and another...
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
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...
There are two aspects to the life of each person. We might call them "heart" and "mind," a part of us that wants and feels...
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...
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 relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
Bracelets (Gen. 25:22) signify truth, and in this passage divine truth, because the Lord is treated of.
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'Tables,' as in Exodus 32:16, signify the external of the Word, because they are distinct from the writing, which is its internal. The external of...
Jewels' when applied to the ears, signify good in act.
'Washing of the hands' was an ancient declaration of innocence, and signifies purification from evils and falsities, as in Psalms 73:13 and Matthew 27:24.
"Rulers" or "governors" in the Bible represent the most basic, most essential true ideas that guide us in life, ideas that spring directly from the...
'Spice,' in Ezekiel 27:22, in an internal sense, is charity. 'Spice,' in 1 Kings 10:2, signifies interior truths.
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
'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...
'Hur' signifies the truth of doctrine.
'A tribe' signifies the church with respect to its truths and goods, and in the opposite sense, with respect to its falsities and evils. '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.
'To be satiated,' as in Revelation 19:21, signifies being nourished by lusts, and taking them in with delight.
Spirit of God
'The spirit of God,' as in Genesis 1:2, signifies the divine mercy of the Lord. 'The spirit of God' is His emanation. 'The spirit of...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Throughout the Word, a distinction is made between wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. 'Wisdom' means from good, 'intelligence' is from truth, and 'knowledge' is in a...
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...
('Exodus 31:6') signifies those who are in the good and truth of faith, like the first or lowest heavens
The tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...
'A skilled man' relates to the affection of truth, or people in the affection of truth.
'Woven,' as in Exodus 28:32, signifies the celestial degree, or what relates to the will, because the will flows into the understanding and forms it.