Metaphysical meaning of Paphos (mbd)
Paphos, pa'-phos (Gk.)--heated; boiling; amorous; passionate; affectionate; friendly; pretext; cozening- fraud.
A city on the western part of the island of Cyprus. There Barnabas and Paul found Bar-Jesus, a false prophet and sorcerer, who tried to turn the proconsul Sergius Paulus away from the Christian faith (Acts 13:6-13).
Meta. A very zealous state of mind (heated, boiling), tending to deception and to animality (cozening, fraud, amorous). When the word of Truth (Paul) is declared in this attitude of great fervor and zeal, both good and seemingly error activities are brought to light (they found Sergius Paulus the proconsul, a man of understanding, who willingly accepted the Truth; and with him was Elymas the sorcerer, who signifies the carnal thought that tries to counterfeit the working of Spirit and thus turn the true understanding away from the true faith). Thus at Paphos an adjustment takes place in the consciousness, and the way is opened to a higher understanding