In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...
'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 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...
Jeremiah, in the Book of Jeremiah 1:1 and what follows, represents the Lord. (Arcana Coelestia 2838 ). In Jeremiah 13:7, he signifies the state of...
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...
'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...
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.
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...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.
'North' signifies people who are in obscurity regarding truth. North,' in Isaiah 14:31, signifies hell. The North,' as in Jeremiah 3:12, signifies people who are...
'An overflowing stream,' as in Jeremiah 47:2, signifies the false principle.
'To overflow,' as in Daniel 11:40, signifies immersion in falsities and evils.
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
To howl' signifies grief caused by vastation.
'A hoof' signifies truth in the ultimate degree, or sensory truth. 'The hooves of horses' signify the lowest intellectual principles. 'The hooves of the horses,'...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
'The wheels of chariots' signify the faculty of reasoning, and the ability to conflict from the intellect.
'A voice crying,' and 'the voice of a cry,' are common expressions in the Word, and are applied whenever there is a noise or disturbance,...
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...
'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...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'A spoiler,' as in Jeremiah 48:32, signifies evil and its derivative falsity.
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.
Islands' signify the natural mind, or the natural human, regarding truths and falsities. People who are steeped in the internal sense of the Word, such...
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.
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...
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...
When something is described as quiet, still or calm in the Bible, it represents the state of peace that comes with being aligned with the...
As with many verbs, the meaning of "remove" in the Bible varies a good bit depending on context. It generally involves a separation of spiritual...
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.