4480. And let them dwell in the land. That this signifies in respect to life, is evident from the signification of "to dwell," as being life (see above n. 4467). By the "land" here as elsewhere is signified the church (n. 662, 1066, 1067, 1262, 1733, 1850, 2117, 2118, 2928, 3355, 4447), thus "to dwell in the land" signifies similarity of life according to the things of the church. Whatever is written in the Word is in itself and in its essence spiritual; it is known that the Word is spiritual, but its spiritual does not appear in the letter, for in the letter it is worldly, especially in the historical parts; but when the Word is being read by man, what is worldly in it becomes spiritual in the spiritual world, that is, with the angels, for they cannot think otherwise than spiritually on every subject; and such is the case with the expression "to dwell in the land." To think spiritually is to think of the things of the Lord's kingdom, thus of the things of the church.