'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...
The Book of Hosea, from the first chapter to the last, treats of the falsification of the genuine understanding of the Word, and of 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...
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
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.
'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...
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 "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
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...
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...
'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...
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
‘Gomer’ denotes those who are in outward worship.
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
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...
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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...
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...
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil destroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)
'The valley of Siddim' signifies the uncleanness of lust, and the falsities derived from them.
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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...
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...
'A horseman' signifies intelligence, or one who is intelligent. 'A horseman,' as mentioned in Revelation 9:16, signifies reasonings concerning faith alone. 'A horseman' can also...
To number,' as in Isaiah 22:10, signifies falsifying. To number bones,' as in Psalm 22:14-18, signifies desiring to dissipate truths by reasonings and false principles....
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...
'Sand,' as in Matthew 7:27, signifies faith separate from charity.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
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The sons of the Javanites,' as in Joel 3:6, signify worship in externals, separate from the internal.
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
Sons of Judah
'The sons of Judah,' as in Joel 3:6, signify the celestial aspects of faith.
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 head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.