a A scribe, or secretary, to King David of Israel (II Sam. 20:25). He is called Seraiah in II Samuel 8:17; Shisha in I Kings 4:3, and Shavsha in I Chronicles 18:16. b Son of Caleb by Maacah his concubine, and father or founder of Machbena (I Chron. 2:49).
Meta. A scribe is the faculty of the mind that receives and transcribes upon the tablets of memory every wave of thought that touches the consciousness, whether from the flesh or from Spirit. This faculty, which is the subjective memory, may be exalted to a point where it will receive impressions from the spiritual side only. However, the scribe who is variously named Sheva, Seraiah, Shisha, and Shavsha has not yet reached this high place. This faculty takes account of both good and seeming error at different phases of the unfoldment of the individual.
In Sheva we have that phase of the subjective memory which receives and holds to error ideas that tend to build up and give false satisfaction to the personal or lesser self in the individual (self-will, covetous desire, fallacy, evil). This brings about inharmony, unrest, and vexation of spirit (emptiness, vanity, void). Concerning the works and strivings of the outer personal man, apart from a consciousness of Spirit, we read, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity . . . I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind" (vexation of spirit, margin, Eccl. 1:2, 14; see SHISHA).