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...
'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...
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.
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 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...
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...
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...
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...
'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...
'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 number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
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...
Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...
'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...
'For a sign and for a memorial,' denotes that a thing should be perpetually remembered.
'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...
There are two ways something can be filled: It can be filled with something bad against the wishes of its owner, or it can be...
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...
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...
'Sardine stone,' because it is red, indicates aspects of the good of love, or the goods of the Word in extremes
'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.
'Beryl,' as in Daniel 10:6, signifies the good of charity and faith. Beryl is a sparkling precious stone.
'Ouches of gold,' as in Exodus 28:13, signifies being created and sustained by good.
'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 of gold
Rings of gold signify the ability to use good loves to join things together. The gold stands for inner, pure loves for good. Some English...
'Rings' signify the conjunction of good and truth. In Exodus 25:12, 'rings' particularly signify divine truth with divine good.
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.
'Underneath' or 'below,' in the internal sense, signifies being outside.
'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.
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
Bells of gold (Exod. 28:33) signify all things of doctrine and worship from good, passing over to those who are of the church.
'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...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
A coat, as in Matthew 10:10, signifies interior natural truth, or truth of the natural principle. The Lord's coat without seam, woven from above throughout...
'A turban' signifies intelligence of truth.
Bonnets (Exod. 28:40), being a covering for the head, signify intelligence and wisdom.
'Needlework,' as in Exodus 26:36, signifies the scientific principle.
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...
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.
'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...
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...
'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...
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.
A pillar of a cloud by day,' and 'a pillar of fire by night,' as in Exodus 8:21, signifies a state of illustration which is...
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.
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...
A coffin (Gen. 1:26) signifies that wherein something is shut up or concealed.
'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...
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...
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...
The light of a lamp' signifies illumination from the Lord. A lamp,' as in Revelation 22, signifies natural light from self-derived intelligence. 'A lamp' signifies...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
(Luke 15:8.) By the woman lighting a candle to find the piece of silver she had lost, is signified inquisition in herself from affection.
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...
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...
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.
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...
'A peg' denotes the conjoining and strengthening principles.
'To rend the garments' signifies mourning for truth lost or destroyed, or the loss of faith.
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...
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...