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...
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
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...
'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...
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...
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 fine signifies amendment, because inflicted for that end.
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...
'Thin,' as in Genesis 41:6, denotes useless. This is because 'thin' is the opposite of 'full,' which describes use, or in the same way, good,...
Works, emeralds, purple broidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate, (Ezek. 27:16), signify knowledges of good.
'The shoulder' signifies all power. 'The shoulder,' as in Ezekiel 29:7, signifies the power or faculty of understanding truth. 'To dwell between his shoulders,' as...
The two sticks, in Ezekiel 37:16-22, signify the celestial and spiritual kingdom of the Lord.
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...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
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...
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 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...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'For a sign and for a memorial,' denotes that a thing should be perpetually remembered.
The breast (Ezek. 16:7), signifies natural good.
'Square' signifies righteousness.
'Length' symbolizes goodness, here, the goodness of the church, for the same reason that 'breadth' symbolizes truth. This is because 'length means the sweep of...
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
'A ruby' or 'sardius stone' signifies the truth of celestial good.
'Topaz,' as in Exodus 28:17, represents the good of celestial love.
'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...
Emerald, purple, broidered-work, fine linen, coral, and agate (Ezek. 27:16), signify the knowledges of good.
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
In Exodus 28:19, 'the ligure, agate, and amethyst' signify the spiritual love of good, or the internal good of the spiritual kingdom.
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
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...
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.
'The twelve tribes of Israel' signify all the goods and truths of the church in their order. 'The twelve angels' in Revelation 21:12 signify the...
In general, 'the twelve tribes' signify every aspect of the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love. Truth and good, or faith...
To be "pure" in the Bible means - unsurprisingly - to be devoid of evil. Thus all the washing for purification prescribed in the Laws...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
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...
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...
'Underneath' or 'below,' in the internal sense, signifies being outside.
Being bound, as in Genesis 42:16, denotes to be separated, for he who is kept b. is separated, viz., from the spiritual good, which is...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'A pallium' or 'robe' represents the middle degree of the spiritual kingdom.
'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.
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.
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...
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
'Pomegranates,' as in Exodus 28:34, signify the scientific ideas of good and truth, which are doctrinal matters from the Word in the memory, which is...
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
A 'hem,' 'skirt,' or 'border' signifies the extremes, or the natural principle.
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
'A headdress,' as in Exodus 28, signifies intelligence and wisdom.
Bonnets (Exod. 28:40), being a covering for the head, signify intelligence and wisdom.
'The eye of a needle' signifies spiritual truth.
The crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...
If knowing what’s right were the same as doing what’s right, we would all be thin, healthy, hard-working, law-abiding, faithful to our spouses and free...
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'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 company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
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.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'Rams of the breed of Bashan,' as in Deuteronomy 32:14, signify celestial spiritual things.
'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...
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...
'The mercy seat' denotes cleansing from evils or remission of sins.
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...
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...
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....
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...
The Golden altar signifies the very essential divine good and truth in the Lord's divine human.
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...
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.
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...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
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.
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...