A list of women to avoid marrying

The daughters of Canaanites

The daughters of Moab

The daughters of Edom

The daughters of Babel

The daughters of Sodom

Daughters of the Chaldeans

The daughters of Egypt

The daughters of Syria

The daughters of the Philistines

The daughters of Tyre and Zidon

Do not despair. This divine prohibition does not refer to a covenant of marriage between men and women of different lands, but to the formation of the rational mind in humans, which takes place through a covenant with God.

Say what?

The human rational mind is where spirituality begins within the individual. To be truly rational is to look beyond one’s personal gain and seek the greatest good. The human rational mind is where God’s tenets begin to take hold—such as keeping God’s commandments and “loving the neighbor.”

The process of developing a rational mind is purely spiritual and it is what differentiates the human intellect from the natural minds of lower animals. The rational mind emerges from spiritual goodness applying itself to the information and data of the memory and organizing it into a proper faith-system. So it is an effigy of marriage because if goodness is not intimately conjoined to knowledge, there is no genuine rationality.

The Bible makes use of this sacred symbolism so that salvation can be treated of even when the literal sense of its words suggest something historical and worldly. Every biblical story inwardly contains intimate details about God’s personal relationship with us. This sacred relationship is just as relevant to today’s world as it was thousands of years ago!

“Taking a woman” symbolically refers to the quality of one’s heart and the “daughter” whose hand we take as “bride” for our intellect (bridegroom).

The reason why the daughters on the list provided above should not be married is that in Scripture they are used to represent affections and dispositions that reject God’s genuine precepts. These “bachelorettes” all symbolically represent foreign passions and are collectively called “the daughters of strange gods.”

It is OK to marry the “daughters of Zion and Jerusalem” because they represent affections of genuine spiritual good—that is, the affection of spiritual goodness from God’s truth and love. This “marriage” between knowledge and goodness assures that all things within the human heart and mind will be disposed into Divine order, creating a rationality based on spiritual and heavenly principles.


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to A list of women to avoid marrying

  1. abey says:

    The very reason for the fall of Israel by marrying heathen wives starting with Esau for the grief of Jacob & Rebecca was prophetic to the latter fall of Israel for this very cause. Later multiplied by Solomon & his ways to the division of the kingdom. till the final scattering till the day which hardly is a gathering. As for Abraham placing his hand under the thigh refers to blessing. Jacob after wrestling with the Angel of the lord would not let go of the Angel till He blessed him, to which the angel touched him under the thigh.of that manner.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear abey,

      We are talking apples and oranges. This blog is not about how well we can read the literal words of Holy Scripture. It is about deriving spiritual meaning from terrestrial words. God has Infinite Wisdom. The Word is God. The only way you can fit Infinite wisdom within the finite pages of the Bible is through deeper levels of meaning.

      Spiritually yours,

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