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.
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.