'Great judgments' signify the laws of divine order, or divine truths.
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...
The term 'Hebrew' is used in the Word to signify anything relating to service, whatever its nature may be. Hence Abraham, in one passage only...
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...
Generally speaking, those who are at lower levels of an organization serve those at higher levels. Bosses boss and their employees serve; coaches devise strategy...
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,...
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
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...
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
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....
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...
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...
Characters in the Bible will often address others using the term “my lord,” and it seems to be no more than an expression of respect....
To go out to meet, as in Genesis 14:17, signifies to submit themselves. To go out, as in Genesis 28:10, signifies to live more remotely....
'Nigh' denotes truth in affinity with good.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
'A handmaid' signifies the affection of rational and scientific things. 'A handmaid,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:3, signifies the affirming medium of conjoining inner truths...
“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 Bible generally uses two different terms for large groups: “people” and “nation.” When it uses the term “nation,” it is talking about a group...
Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, 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...
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...
To give food, as in Genesis 41:48, signifies to store up.
A covering of precious stones (Ezek. 28:4, 13) signifies the truths of intelligence.
'The sanctuary and habitation' together signify heaven and the church, 'sanctuary' regarding the good of love, and 'tabernacle' regarding truths of that good, because the...
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
'Money' relates to truth.
'The soul going forth' and 'dying,' as in Genesis 35:18, signifies the extreme of temptation, which is when the old self dies and the new...
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
To flee signifies to escape, and be rescued. To flee signifies to be overcome.
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...
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...
'To perish,' or 'die,' relates to damnation, or the state in hell.
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...
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...
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.
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...
A bed of ivory (Amos 6:4) are doctrines apparently from rational truths.
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...
To ask counsel at their stocks,' as in Hosea 4:12, signifies the good of the delight that comes from some lusts.
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...
'To be avenged seventy and seven fold' denotes damnation.
'Two days,' as in Hosea 6:2, signifies the time and state which precedes judgment.
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...
"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...
To be with child, (Gen. 38:24), signifies to produce something.
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
In general, men are driven by intellect and women by affections, and because of this men in the Bible generally represent knowledge and truth and...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.
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...
Stripe,' as in Exodus 21:25, signifies the extinction, or loss, of affection in the intellect or truth harmed or extinguished, as in Jeremiah 30:12.
'To send' signifies revealing.
Behold I stand at the door and knock,' as in Revelation 3:20, signifies the perpetual presence and operation of the Lord with a person.
'The son of a cow' signifies the celestial natural level and natural exterior good.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
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...
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...
'The fourth watch' signifies the first state of the church at break of day, when good begins to act by truth.
In Exodus 30:12, 'they shall give every a person a ransom for his soul,' signifies being purified or liberated from evil by the truth of...
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
'Spoil of gold, and silver, and cattle' signifies falsified truths.
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
In Job 9:30, 'waters of snow' denotes truths which are or appear genuine. 'Lye' denotes the good which purifies, and 'the ditch' denotes falsity.
'To weed' and 'prune' signifies preparing for reception.
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
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...
'To repay' denotes making amends by truth.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
'To smite' signifies condemnation. 'To smite,' as in Genesis 14:15, signifies vindication. 'To smite,' as in Genesis 32:8, signifies destruction. 'To smite the earth with...