Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tao Bible - Lamentations 2:4

He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.
~ King James version ~

The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow.
The high is lowered, and the low is raised.
If the string is too long, it is shortened;
If there is not enough, it is made longer.
The Tao of heaven is to take from those who have too much and give to those who do not have enough.
~ from Verse 77 of the Tao Te Ching ~
Both passages use a bow to make a point. In the biblical version, the bow is used as a weapon to kill and injure. It could be said that it utilizes the bow as a negative connotation.

In the TTC, the bow is neither positive nor negative. It is used to describe the intermingling forces of yin and yang.

If you're interested in reading more from this experimental series, go to the Tao Bible Index page.

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