Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 26
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 26:1-28
26:1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest,
So honor is not seemly for a fool.
26:4Answer not a fool according to his folly,
Lest thou also be like unto him.
26:5Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own conceit.
26:8As one that bindeth a stone in a sling,
So is he that giveth honor to a fool.
26:10As an archer that woundeth all,
So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.
26:11As a dog that returneth to his vomit,
So is a fool that repeateth his folly.
26:14As the door turneth upon its hinges,
So doth the sluggard upon his bed.
26:15The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish;
It wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
26:17He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him,
Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
26:18As a madman who casteth firebrands,
Arrows, and death,
26:22The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts.
26:24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips;
But he layeth up deceit within him:
26:26Though his hatred cover itself with guile,
His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.
26:28A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded;
And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
September 14, 1947: Prov, 26:20-21
If we are to achieve unity, what is required of us? To be constructive in our friendships and associations. In addition to this we should be just and generous to those who are so closely associated with us, that we know their weakness, as well as their strength. We should be helpful instead of critical in our attitude and be faithful to the principles that make for unity.
Is it the part of wisdom to make peace our unvarying goal? Yes. Harmony is indispensable if we are to influence others to follow the true way of life in unity of spirit.
September 8, 1946: Prov. 26:23-28
What besides true words is necessary to the telling of truth? Our meaning and intention must match our words and be expressed by them. Otherwise, insincerity robs our words of all truth, making them deceptive and hypocritical. “Fervent lips and a wicked heart” must be understood, according to the intent of the speaker.
What reaction is experienced by the one who practices untruth and deception? He experiences in himself the results of the falsity, that he practices toward others. “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.”
How is the impulse to speak falsely overcome? By developing love of the truth for its own sake, and such entire loyalty and devotion to the Christ, that all fear of the personal consequences of speaking the truth disappears from mind.
Can truth be divorced from confidence and trust? It cannot be, for it inevitably inspires both. Neither can confidence and trust survive falsity.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013