'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...
son of man
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the...
'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...
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...
'Pharaoh' signifies scientific ideas, or the natural principle in general. 'Pharaoh' signifies false ideas infesting the truth of the church. Pharaoh,' in Genesis 40, represents...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
'Vineyard and branch,' as in Psalm 80:15, signifies the spiritual church represented by the sons of Israel.
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
Trees of the field
'The trees of the field,' as in Ezekiel 31:15, signify the knowledges of truth in the church.
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.
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...
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...
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...
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
'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...
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
'Libanus' signifies the spiritual church. The glory of Libanus,' as in Isaiah 9:13, signifies the celestial spiritual things of the Lord's kingdom and church.
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.
Garden of God
The Garden of God, as in Ezekiel 28:13, signifies the rational principle of the spiritual church.
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 general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...
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...
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...
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
In Isaiah 40:12 'to weigh the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales,' signifies that the celestial aspects of love and charity are...
'Small' refers to truth and 'round' refers to good.
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 “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...
To go up and to go down: in the Word, mention is made of going up and going down when speaking of going from one...
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
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...
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
'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...
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...
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.
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...
'The uncircumcised,' as in Ezekiel 31:18, signifies people lacking the good of charity.