Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Job Chapter 31
Metaphysically Interpreting Job 31:19-28
31:19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering; 31:20If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 31:21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, Because I saw my help in the gate: 31:22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be broken from the bone. 31:23For calamity from God is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing. 31:24If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; 31:25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gotten much; 31:26If I have beheld the sun when it shined, Or the moon walking in brightness, 31:27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my hand: 31:28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have denied the God that is above.
July 6, 1947: Job 31:19-28
Do we gain anything by dwelling in thought on our past actions and attempting to justify ourselves because of them? We do better to put the past behind us, whether it is good or evil, and to look forward to what we expect or hope to achieve. The forward look is more helpful than retrospect.
What is the right way to meet suffering or evil of any kind? To deny its reality and center our thought on the reality of the good until the latter becomes manifest in our life.
Is it profitable to investigate the cause of disasters? It is more profitable to investigate the reality that forms the basis of safety and to provide all possible safeguards.
Transcribed by Tom Schulte on 9-12-2013.