Abraham (or Abram, as he is named in the beginning of his story) is one of the major characters in the story of the sacred...
'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...
'Keturah,' as in Genesis 25:1, signifies divine truth spiritual, conjoined to divine good spiritual.
'Medan' signifies common lots of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom.
Ishbak' represents the common lots, or heritable divisions of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
'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...
'Leummim' signify the good of faith and its varieties.
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.
Fifteen, as in Genesis 7:20, signifies so few as to be scarce anything.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
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...
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.
Ephron (Gen. 23:8, 17) signifies those with whom the good and truth of faith, which are the constituents of the church, might be received.
'A Hittite' in a good sense, signifies the spiritual church, or the truth of the church. The Hittites were among the upright Gentiles who were...
'Macpelah,' as in Genesis 23:17, signifies regeneration by truth, which relates to faith.
The daughters of Heth, as mentioned in Genesis 27:46, signify the affections of truth from a ground that is not genuine. Here they are the...
'Sarah' denotes truth joined to good. Sarai was called 'Sarah' so she would represent the divine intellectual principle by adding the 'H' from the name...
'A hind,' as mentioned in Genesis 49:21, signifies the affection of natural truth.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'Ishmael' represents the first rationality pertaining to the Lord. 'Ishmael' signifies rationality separate from good. 'Ishmael' signifies the Lord's merely human rational. Ishmael, in Genesis...
Hagar, as mentioned in Genesis 16, signifies the affection of sciences of the outward self and also the life of the outer or natural self.
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...
When the Bible talks about generations or birth order, the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual states and their relative importance....
'Mibsam' means things pertaining to the spiritual church.
'Tema' represents aspects of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
'Naphish' represents things in the spiritual church.
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
'Shur,' or 'Assyria,' signifies the Lord's state when He first received instruction in matters of doctrine regarding charity and faith.
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'Isaac' represents spiritual love. 'Isaac,' in Genesis 17:19, signifies the rational divine. 'Isaac' signifies the Lord's divine rational in reference to divine good. Isaac' signifies...
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...
'Rebecca,' as in Genesis 24, signifies divine truth which would be joined to divine good of the Lord’s rational mind, which is 'Isaac.'
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...
Bethuel (Gen. 24), signifies the origin of the affection of good.
The Lord calls people who are in truth from the good of charity from Him 'sisters,' as in Matthew 12:50. 'Sister' denotes intellectual truth, when...
'Laban' signifies the affection of good in the natural self, or the affection of external good, and properly collateral good of a common stock. The...
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
"Sarai was barren, she had no child" (Gen 11:30), signifies that evil and falsity were not productive.
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...
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...
'Twins in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:24, signifies that both good and truth, represented by Esau and Jacob, were conceived together.
'Womb,' as in Genesis 49:25, signifies the conjunction of good and truth. The term 'belly' is used where truths are being discussed, and the term...
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
Esau (Gen. 28:5, etc.) signifies the truth of good in the natural principle. Esau (Gen. 32:3) signifies celestial good in the natural principle.
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
'Sixty' means the full time and state of the implantation of truth.
'To hunt' signifies in general 'persuading,' and in particular, 'to captivate and ensnare people's minds,' by flattering them in the pursuit of the things of...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
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...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
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...
The Lord swearing by himself signifies that divine truth testifies, for He is divine truth itself, and this testifies from itself and means itself. It...
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...
'Lentils' signify the less noble types of good.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...
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...