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Economic Downturn

Discussion in 'Culture & Religion' started by Dr.Who, Feb 17, 2009.

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    Here is a verse that describes an economic downturn. It is printed here from several different versions of the bible.
    The message is clear from the different versions despite slight differences in the way that translators chose English words for the original Hebrew words "kol" and "eretz". And when one reads it in context even more is clear.

    There was a drought in Egypt that extended to many neighboring countries. As far as the people in that area were concerned the entire world as they knew it (or the entire world that they cared to talk about) was experiencing a drought. But Egypt had been smart enough to save (grain) rather than to rely on deficit spending. Instead of being in debt and then having that debt make life harder in hard times they were fortunate that they had saved. And now, people from many neighboring lands came to buy grain from them - at a profit of course.

    Some obvious things that barely need stating but I choose to address them anyway since so many read things literally ( I don't ascribe to the idea of reading the bible literally except when it is supposed to be and figuratively when it is supposed to be): the Hebrew word for "all" is kol, and it does not mean the same thing as the English word all. It can mean virtually all or it can mean all of what is being discussed. And the word "eretz" means either land, or country, or province, or area, or earth, or even people of the land. What it never means is planet. In short, the verse should never be interpreted to mean that American Indians came to Egypt looking for corn.

    So what is the lesson that we learn from this? Well if we could go back in time we would know that our country should not have been running a deficit since its inception. Worse still, that debt has taken on astronomical proportions in recent years. Now is the time of the world wide famine and here we sit with debt rather than savings. We are not Egypt, we are more like Canaan.

    And where could this lead?
     
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