'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.
'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...
'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...
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.
'Lebanon' signifies spiritual good. 'Lebanon' signifies the church regarding the perception of truth from the rational self.
A branch (Matt. 24:32) signifies affection, for affection springs and flourishes from good as a branch Springs from its trunk. A branch (Mal. 4:1) denotes...
'Height' signifies the good and truth of the church in every degree.
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.
'Rivers' signify truths in abundance serving the rational self, and so, the understanding, for the purpose of doctrine and life. 'Rivers' or 'floods' signify temptations....
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...
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...
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...
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...
'The time of the heathen,' as mentioned in Ezekiel 30:3, signifies the heathen, or wickedness.
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.
Plants, in general, represent knowledge, ideas and intellectual concepts – things of the mind. Plant the best and most beautiful of those in one place,...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
'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...
Beauty of his ornament (Ezek. 7:20) signifies the church and its doctrine.
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...
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...
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.
'Hills' signify the good of charity.
"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.
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The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.
'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...
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...
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
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....
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extinguished.
'To tremble,' as in Jeremiah 10:10, relates to the church when falsities are believed and called truths.
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...
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.
'The uncircumcised,' as in Ezekiel 31:18, signifies people lacking the good of charity.