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Metaphysical meaning of Ziphites (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Ziphites (mbd)
Ziphites, Ziph'–ites (fr. Heb.).

Inhabitants of the city of Ziph, or of the wilderness of Ziph in which this city was located. Twice they went to Saul at Gibeah and told him where David was hiding (I Sam. 23 :19; 26 :1).

Meta. Thoughts belonging to the cleansing, purifying state of mind that Ziph signifies. The wilderness of Ziph denotes a lack of discipline, understanding, and cultivation in these thoughts. Hence in their cleansing, purifying activities they are liable to become destructive, in that, for the sake of establishing harmony, they would purge out even the spiritual and good if these seemed to be standing in the way of the ruling personal will (the Ziphites sought to help Saul--the ruling personal will--to destroy David, divine love working toward rulership in the consciousness).

Preceding Entry: Ziphion
Following Entry: Ziphron