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"Words Must be Weighed and not Counted"

Weighing The Words

I've not heard the saying before. Not even from a church pulpit. I always got the impression that words said at the pulpit are to be received as final message from God: without allowing myself the room for the benefit of thinking for myself. My mother could have imparted them. But I have no recollection of learning them by heart.

Apart from the Bible, wisdom books and the ones I keep in my shelves have set me challenged into thinking. I chanced a 78-paqes Yiddish Wisdom book from a second-hand book shop in our little town. I didn't think it would harm my belief system. Instead, enhance it. I felt it my duty to myself to keep, not only read the wealth of witty proverbial contents-- but digest, internalize, and put to action.

I cherish the values my parents taught me. They're the foundation of my beliefs. But the wisdom I acquired as I grew older allowed me to weigh everything I hear. And be careful with the lofty sounding religious "plentiness" of words. The Proverb, "With plenty of words, sin is not absent," sounds smart. But I must see why this was so when King Solomon said it.

Study is safer. I encourage my children to involve themselves with much study and learning. My brain houses my mind to give it space to hear its own voice. And so should my children. Then weigh the knowledge and understanding I've acquired inwardly. I think the purpose for learning is to internalize information to enable the mind to see clearly and make better and moral-right judgments.

Overhaul my old school of learning, and start afresh.

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BeadDoodler wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:25 AM

Words of great wisdom. I think it wise to study other religious writing outside our own beliefs. I've found that much of the wisdom found in the Bible is also found in other major religions, plus other religions, as you said challenge us to consider WHY those words are true and see the world from a different perspective without having our own beliefs supplanted .

Romeo wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:01 PM

The books of great wisdom are multilayered. They are like onion. Some people can see only what is on the surface. Depending on the intellectual level, the moral level, the knowledge level etc. of the reader, the different people can access different levels of the content. Judging someone that he doesn't understand particular content "correctly" is meaningless because everybody sees only from his level and even the same person after years of "evolution" start seeing what he could not see before.

peachpurple wrote on January 16, 2015, 10:57 AM

words gives a lot of thing to do, sometimes a simple word means a lot

Ruby3881 wrote on January 16, 2015, 10:21 PM

How interesting that the Yiddish book has 78 pages! That's the same number as the cards in a Tarot deck, and relates directly to the Tree of Life...

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:47 PM

Interesting. I'm not aware of any Tarot readings, 78 Tarot deck, and that the Tarot uses the concept of the Tree of Life. I'll look into that. Thanks, Ruby3881

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 17, 2015, 12:03 AM

This Yiddish Wisdom little book that I have has a collection of 100 folk sayings, from thousands more, in English and Yiddish. It's fillled with vibrancy, color and homour. It's just Helen Steiner Rice's booklets of her collection of poems.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 17, 2015, 2:23 AM

Your thoughtful views speak truth. The wise stores up knowledge in order for him/him to benefit himself and others from his enhanced gifts and talents through contant, diligent study and doing good works. I think that's our life's pupose. 😊