7/8/09

Psalm 39

. . . . . . . . . . . . . (lilies of the field)



He who gives his earthly riches will receive heavenly wealth;
~~he who sacrifices his worldly goods, a treasury of virtue will be his everlasting gain:

the man who seeks to serve on earth will find a vein of riches in a higher kingdom;
~~the one who serves humankind, never-failing abundance will flow from his hand.




2 comments:

Alexander M Zoltai said...

This Psalm calls out to me from the Bible:

"And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin"
Matthew 6:28

MARLEY said...

Yes, in the Bible, and also consider this theme in the Baha’i scriptures and in Islam: “O my brother! A divine Mine only can yield the gems of divine knowledge, and the fragrance of the mystic Flower can be inhaled only in the ideal Garden, and the lilies of ancient wisdom can blossom nowhere except in the city of a stainless heart.” –Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 191. He then quotes Qur’an 7:57: “In a rich soil, its plants spring forth abundantly by permission of its Lord, and in that soil which is bad, they spring forth but scantily."