Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 31
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 31:1-9
31:2What, my son? and what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
31:3Give not thy strength unto women,
Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
31:7Let him drink, and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.
31:8Open thy mouth for the dumb,
In the cause of all such as are left desolate.
August 29, 1937: Prov. 31:4-5
Why are kings especially forbidden to drink wine? As it contains alcohol, wine disqualifies a man for exercising discriminating judgment, or appreciating the weight of his responsibility to those under his control. Kings (representing all persons in high executive position) are hedged in by greater responsibility in this regard than others, therefore they need to be first in temperance, as they are first in worldly power and prestige.
October 31, 1943: Prov. 31:4-5
What is essential to the proper discharge of such high offices? Abstinence. To be conscious of the obligations of his station, a king must be sober and abstemious Otherwise, his judgment, together with his influence over his subjects, is impaired. The religious leader, above all others, must keep his moral nature uncorrupted (make a distinction between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean). Abstinence is a long step in this direction.
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 31:10-31
31:10A worthy woman who can find?
For her price is far above rubies.
31:13She seeketh wool and flax,
And worketh willingly with her hands.
31:14She is like the merchant-ships;
She bringeth her bread from afar.
31:17She girdeth her loins with strength,
And maketh strong her arms.
31:18She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable:
Her lamp goeth not out by night.
31:19She layeth her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold the spindle.
31:21She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
31:22She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
31:23Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sitteth among the elders of the land.
31:24She maketh linen garments and selleth them,
And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
31:28Her children rise up, and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying:
31:29Many daughters have done worthily,
But thou excellest them all.
31:31Give her of the fruit of her hands;
And let her works praise her in the gates.
August 10, 1947: Prov. 31:10-12
Is dependability related to moral purity? It is one of the chief moral excellences. The heart of a worthy woman's husband “Trusteth in her ... She doeth him good, and not evil, All the days of her life.”
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013