Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of II Samuel Chapter 8
Metaphysically Interpreting II Samuel 8:1-14
8:2And he smote Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute.
8:3David smote also Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his dominion at the River.8:4And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hocked all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots. 8:5And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah, David smote of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men. 8:6Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went. 8:7And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8:8And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.
8:9And when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer, 8:10then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass: 8:11These also did king David dedicate unto Jehovah, with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations which he subdued; 8:12of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
8:13And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting the Syrians in the Valley of Salt, even eighteen thousand men. 8:14And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Samuel 8:15-18
8:15And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness unto all his people.8:16And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 8:17and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Seraiah was scribe; 8:18and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.
August 3, 1920: II Sam. 8:15
Why was it made possible for David to become ruler over Israel? It was made possible for David to become ruler over Israel, because Love must rule in all those who rely upon God. David is represented as a deeply religious character who worked out every proposition from the spiritual viewpoint. He loved humanity and was always merciful. It was in reality the working out of the Divine Law of Love which crowned David king.
March 16, 1924: II Sam. 8:14-15
What is the result of David's establishing in consciousness the idea that the body temple is a house of Jehovah? Consciousness of the indwelling God is always followed by greater power over error: “And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went. And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness unto all his people.”
May 6, 1951: II Sam. 8:15
Does love influence us constructively? Yes. “David . . . executed justice and righteousness unto all his people.” We instinctively wish to do right to those whom we love.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 11-08-2013