Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 16
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 16:1-33
16:3Commit thy works unto Jehovah,
And thy purposes shall be established.
16:11A just balance and scales are Jehovah's;
All the weights of the bag are his work.
16:12It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness;
For the throne is established by righteousness.
16:28A perverse man scattereth abroad strife;
And a whisperer separateth chief friends.
September 7, 1947: Prov. 16:8
What wealth is indispensable for us as spiritual beings? Regard for divine law and a mind to keep it. “Better is a little, with righteousness, Thar great revenues with injustice.”
What forms of wealth may we possess? Material and immaterial. The former includes houses, goods, lands, stocks, bonds, and all other so-called evidences of wealth. Immaterial wealth includes all ideas, faculties of mind, and qualities of heart and soul, that are real, if imponderable.
September 21, 1947: Prov. 16:18
Are humility and meekness safe attitudes of mind and spirit to cultivate? Yes, because they discount personality and favor the development of spiritual strength of character.
September 20, 1896: Prov. 16:22-33
22. There is a wisdom which unregenerate man never can know, because it is of a higher plane of consciousness, a higher realm - the Spiritual. It is “understanding.” This higher understanding is a well-spring of Life, an unfailing fountain of Life. “That is that living water of which, if a man drink, he shall never thirst.”— John 4:14. “To him that hath it, it shall be in him a well of water (well-spring) springing up into everlasting life.” Thus Divine Wisdom or “understanding” is a perpetually flowing fountain of life. But, “the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God.” The unregenerate man's wisdom is the very opposite of true wisdom.-—”The wisdom of fools is folly.”
23. Divine Wisdom springs up (wellspring) in the inmost center of one's being (heart); it is the Divine Voice of the “I Am,” or true self. “To him that hath” this “understanding, it teacheth his mouth and addeth learning (wisdom) to his lips” so that “he speaks as the oracles of God.” — I Pet. 4:11.
24. When the intellect and lips are thus instructed by the Inner Voice of Spirit, we shall utter “pleasant words” of wisdom, which shall be “sweet to the soul”, conscious mind, and shall bring the manifestation of “health” to concrete thought, unconscious mind or body.
25. The “way” that ultimates in “death” is mortal mind's “way.” It “seemeth right” to unregenerate man, because he is living in the consciousness of sin and death, He cannot know “the way of righteousness, in the pathway whereof there is no death” (Prov. 12:38), until he becomes regenerate or rises out of his false consciousness into the higher consciousness of Life and understanding.
26. All the labor of unregenerate man is for self and to satisfy the demands and cravings of the flesh; because the Inner Voice he has never heeded, the only satisfaction he knows is sense gratification.
27. “Every imagination of his heart is evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). While “understanding addeth learning to the lips” of regenerate man, in unregenerate man's “lips there is a burning fire”; “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity,  it is set on fire of hell” (Jas. 3:4).
28. The unregenerate man is “ungodly,” “frow ward” and “violent”; he “soweth strife,” “alienateth friends,” “enticeth his neighbor” into another way, beside the good; and, whether walking or sleeping, whether speaking or silent, he “deviseth and bringeth to pass evil.” In his false consciousness he believes in another power, beside the Good; he is in the consciousness of “good and evil.”
31. A decrepit and diseased old man is pitiable, because these infirmities are the telltale “earmarks” of a carnal unregenerate consciousness; there is no “glory” to such a manifestation of error and sin. But “the hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness”; that is, if one has lived in the “understanding” of the Truth of Being, old age finds him “bringing forth the fruits of righteousness,” in a healthy body and a joyful spirit. Though old in years, yet ever young, because he has demonstrated that “understanding is a well-spring of life”; and in Life is no decrepitude or old age.
32. To be “slow to anger” and to “rule one's spirit” is to be mightier than the mighty of the mortal consciousness, because he has full dominion in his kingdom; he governs both body and environment; he is king.
33. In all your plans and labors, consider yourself a co-worker with God. Recognize only one Will, and be in harmony with it, “for it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do, of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
– UNITY magazine
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013