Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 11
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 11:1-31
11:1A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah;
But a just weight is his delight.
11:3The integrity of the upright shall guide them;
But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.
11:6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them;
But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity.
11:8The righteous is delivered out of trouble,
And the wicked cometh in his stead.
11:15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it;
But he that hateth suretyship is secure.
11:18The wicked earneth deceitful wages;
But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
11:24There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more;
And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
11:25The liberal soul shall be made fat;
And he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
11:28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall;
But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
11:31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth:
How much more the wicked and the sinner!
August 24, 1947: Prov. 11:1,3
Why should the infinite be concerned with weights and balances? Because divine law is the law of the Absolute, where justice rests. When we weigh things justly, or treat others justly, we receive justice in our own life.
How are the upright guided by their own integrity? Integrity has its own law of action. When it is woven into a person's nature, he is guided by his conviction of what is right and just in all that he does.
Is integrity of supreme importance to the seeker after Truth? It is, because without it Truth cannot be discerned, much less expressed.
September 15, 1946: Prov. 11:23-24
What kinds of riches may we inherit? Both spiritual and material riches. It is more essential for us to possess ourselves of the former than of the latter.
How do we possess ourselves of spiritual riches? By developing them within ourselves. Faith, love, and wisdom, for example, are spiritual riches or gifts, that we develop through use.
What form of wealth, when scattered, “increaseth yet more”? The spiritual wealth of kindness, cheerfulness, joyousness, love, good fellowship, unselfishness, and all other gifts of mind and heart that, dispensed without thought of self, attract others and lead them to give of their best in turn.
What form of withholding tends to want? All selfish hoarding of either material or spiritual riches leads to poverty of thought and spiritual bankruptcy, depriving the hoarder of the breadth and depth of understanding sympathy, that he would gain by entering into the life of others and sharing his good with them, according to his abundance and their need. To live entirely apart from the life of others is to pauperize one's inner life.
September 7, 1947: Prov. 11:24-27
What riches are capable of increase even while they are being scattered? Spiritual riches or the riches of ideas, the resourcefulness and attracting power of love. The spirit of liberality increases the good of the giver equally with the gift that he bestows.
Can the person who hoards material wealth be rich spiritually? No, because hoarding contracts the soul, making it impossible for the hoarder to develop immaterial riches. With his thoughts set on money or money values, he has no time for the immaterial values of Spirit.
Is God ever sought unconsciously? When we diligently seek good we are seeking God, even though we may not associate our desires with God. God is all good.
September 29, 1940: Prov. 11:24-31
Why do certain persons prosper in all that they undertake, whereas others who exert equal or greater effort fail? Some persons have developed the faculty of love and consciously or unconsciously express its attracting power in their thoughts and actions. Others are strangers to this power and must work without it. Therefore their efforts go unrewarded.
Why is the “liberal soul ... made fat”? The liberal person opens his subconsciousness as a channel to the inflow of divine substance. In blessing others, he too is blessed.
How did Jesus Christ express the thought found in the following verse:
“He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.”
Jesus said, “Seek, and ye shall find, for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth.”
Why is the righteous man compared to a green leaf and those who trim their riches to falling leaves? The righteous are vitally connected with the source of life in God, as [the] green leaf is attached to the tree, whereas those who trust in material wealth are separated from God in consciousness and have lost their contact [with] the true source of life and energy.
Why does the foolish person [beg to be] a servant to the wise of heart? The foolish person does not [give] thought in the regulation of his [ways], while the wise of heart do. Who constructively thinks his way [through] wins over those who undertake to [muddle] through.
What law recompenses both the righteous and the wicked or sinner? The law of thought action, that [as] he (man) thinketh within himself, [so] is he.”
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013