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 Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
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 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...
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.
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...
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...
'Locusts' signify falsities in the extremes, which consume the truths and goods of the church in a person. 'The locusts' which John the Baptist ate...
Caterpillars, mentioned in Joel 1:4, signify the evil of the sensual man.
'Weeping with a loud voice' signifies the ultimate of grief.
'To wail and howl,' as in Micah 1:8, signifies the grief of the angels of heaven and the people of the church, where the church...
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
'Must' or 'new wine' denotes evil produced by false.
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...
'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...
In Joel 1:6, 'strong' relates to the power of evil, and 'without number,' of the power of falsity.
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...
A fig tree signifies natural good. A fig tree, as in Judges 9:13, signifies the external good of the celestial church.
'White' relates to truths, because it originates in the light of the sun.
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...
To gird one’s self, as in John. 21:18, signifies to know and perceive truths in the light from good.
'Being clothed in sackcloth' signifies lamentation because of the devastation of truth in the church. 'Sackcloth,' as in Revelation 6:12, relates to destroyed good.
'Tender of age' denotes the state of truths newly received not yet genuine.
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...
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'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'
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 we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
Corn,' as in Genesis 42:2, here stands for a word in the original language which means 'breaking,' and also for a similar word meaning to...
'Withering and drying up,' as in Ezekiel 17:10, referring to the east wind, signifies when there is no good or truth.
'Wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and vetches,' as in Ezekiel 4:9, 12, signify various kinds of good, and their derivative truths. Bread, or a cake,...
'A harvest' symbolizes the state of the church with respect to Divine truth. The reason is that a harvest yields the grain used to make...
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...
'Pomegranates,' as in Exodus 28:34, signify the scientific ideas of good and truth, which are doctrinal matters from the Word in the memory, which is...
'An apple', as in Joel 1:12, signifies joy of heart from natural good derived from spiritual good.
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...
Trees of the field
'The trees of the field,' as in Ezekiel 31:15, signify the knowledges of truth in the church.
In the Bible (and in life), the idea of withering is usually connected to plants, and plants generally wither if they don't get enough water....
'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...
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...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.
'The inhabitants of Teman,' as in Jeremiah 49:20, signifies the evils and falsities opposed to the Lord’s celestial kingdom.
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....
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...
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.
'Shaddai,' as in Genesis 43:14, signifies temptation, and consolation after temptation. This is because the ancients called the one and only God by various names...
'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...
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...
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.
Plants in the Bible generally represent facts, knowledge that can be gleaned from the world. Plants that can serve animals as food represent facts that...
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...
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...
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...
A flame signifies spiritual good, and the light of it truth from that good. A flame of fire, as in Revelation 1:14, signifies spiritual love,...
'Waters,' 'rivers,' and 'depths,' as in Psalm 78:15-16, signify truths from the Lord.