Abram and Nahor taking to themselves wives, Sarah and Milcah (Gen 11:29), signifies marriages of evil with falsity in idolatrous worship. Abram, Nahor, and Haran,...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
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...
'South' denotes truth in light.
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
'Money' relates to truth.
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.
'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...
Hai, or Ai, signifies light derived from worldly things.
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...
'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...
'The first and the last' signifies that the Lord is the only God.
'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...
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...
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.
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...
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 many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
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 left hand' in a negative sense signifies falsity which is used to produce evil.
'The man of the right hand,' as in Psalm 80:17, signifies the Lord with respect to the Word. He is called 'the man of the...
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...
'Sodom' signifies the evil of self-love, and 'Gomorrah,' the falsity derived from it.
Garden of Jehovah
The garden of Jehovah, as in Genesis 8:10, signifies the things that relate to the rational ideas that come from a celestial origin, as was...
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.
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...
Zoar, a city mentioned in Genesis 8:10, signifies the affection of goodness. Zoar was located not far from Sodom; Lot fled to Zoar after he...
'To journey' signifies the institutes and order of life.
Land of Canaan
The land of Canaan' in the Word, means love, and consequently, the will of the celestial self.
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...
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...
'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...
'The land of the south,' as in Genesis 24:62, signifies divine light, for 'the south' signifies light, and the light of intelligence, which is wisdom,...
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...
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.
'Powder' or 'dust' refers to love of self and the world.
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
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 walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...
'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...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
Mamre was an Amorite who lived in the land of Canaan, in the area called Hebron in what would much later be the kingdom of...
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.