Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 21
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 21:1-31
21:5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.
21:6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.
21:7The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away,
Because they refuse to do justice.
21:11When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
21:18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous;
And the treacherous cometh in the stead of the upright.
21:19It is better to dwell in a desert land,
Than with a contentious and fretful woman.
21:23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue
Keepeth his soul from troubles.
21:25The desire of the sluggard killeth him;
For his hands refuse to labor.
21:26There is that coveteth greedily all the day long;
But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not.
21:27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination:
How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind!
21:28A false witness shall perish;
But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure.
21:29A wicked man hardeneth his face;
But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways.
September 21, 1947: Prov. 21:3
Except for the certain Lenten abstinences, the word “sacrifices” has little meaning for us in connection with our religious beliefs. Parents may make a sacrifice to put a child through college, or to spare their children the hardships they themselves endured, but, aside from such practices, we do not associate the word with faith nowadays. We agree with the statement that
“To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.”
We believe that it is more acceptable than anything else that could be devised. It is the keeping of the divine law in full measure, and no one can detract from that fullness.
January 31, 1937: Prov. 21:17
To achieve success in life in the common meaning of the word, a man must exercise self-control. He who lives for the gratification of the senses alone loses control of his appetites, his will power, and in time his ability to make his way. To remain voluntarily on the level of sense is to forego all understanding of the higher satisfaction.
June 28, 1942: Prov. 21:17
What effect does living entirely for pleasure have on a person? It prevents him from developing his inner resources and makes him incapable of deriving satisfaction from the simple but enduring things, that rest on unselfishness and a recognition of the universal life. In other words, living for pleasure makes him a poor man.
Are luxurious tastes and the habit of indulging them in the same class with the love of pleasure in their effect? The indulging of a taste for luxury gives pleasure to the senses and is therefore one element in the love of pleasure. To live for one's personal pleasure is to subordinate everything to a low ideal.
To gain success in life in the accepted sense of the word, a man must exercise self-control. He who lives for the gratification of the senses loses control of his appetites, his will power, and in time loses his ability as a worker. To remain voluntarily on the sense level is to forego all understanding of the higher satisfactions.
The aim of the average sense man is to win such a measure of financial independence as will enable him to do as he pleases; that is, enjoy life. To make personal pleasure one's goal is to subordinate all else to this low ideal, with the result that one becomes and remains poor in every other respect. An overrich diet entails poverty of thoughts and ideas through dullness and stupidity.
- UNITY magazine.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013