Metaphysical meaning of Ir-nahash (mbd)
Ir-nahash, ir-na'-hash (Heb.)--city of Nahash; city of the serpent; city of covetous passion; city of insidious desires; city of magic; city of incantations. (Nahash is the same word that is rendered "serpent" in Genesis 3:1.)
Meta. Ir means city, and Nahash means serpent, oracle, that which reveals or foretells, warns. Nahash was a leader, or king, of the Ammonites. Ir-nahash signifies a group of thoughts in the life center in man (serpent refers to sense life and the Ammonites have their seat of action in the generative functions) that believes in wisdom (serpent also pertains to a subtle sense wisdom in man) and revelation (oracle) to be attained by means of experience in sense. When Judah takes possession of this city, its ideals are elevated by praise and prayer to a higher level, even to that of true spiritual understanding.