Eagle wings, referred to in Daniel 7:3, signify rational principles grounded in man's proprium.
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 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...
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 Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'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...
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
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...
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...
'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.
To be cut off, as in Genesis 41:36, signifies to perish.
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.
'Wrath,' as in Genesis 49:7, signifies aversion from truth. 'Great wrath,' as in Revelation 12:12, signifies hatred against the new church.
'A workman,' as in Hosea 8:6, signifies a person’s proprium or selfhood. 'A workman,' as in Zechariah 1:20, signifies the same thing as 'iron,' that...
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...
'To reap' signifies executing judgment. 'Reaping' denotes the reception of truth in good.
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.
'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...
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
A burden (Jer. 17:4) signifies that which is from the proprium of man.
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.
'Spreading themselves on the earth,' as in Genesis 8:17, signifies the internal self operating on the external.
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...
In John 8:2-11, the Lord wrote twice on the ground, when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him, which signifies the condemnation of...
All laws, even civil and judicial laws, which are in the Word, correspond to the laws of good and truth, which are in heaven.
'Offerings' signify worship.
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...
'To remember,' as in Genesis 41:9, signifies conjunction. 'Remembering' denotes conjunction because the remembrance of anyone in the other life joins them together, because as...
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.
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.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...
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...
'A palace,' as in Psalm 144:12, represents the understanding in which truths have a beautiful form. They have a beautiful form when they are from...