Sunday, July 27, 2008

Psalms 82:6

There is an interesting verse in the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 34:
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
This verse actually references Psalms 82:6. The King James version says this:
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
But the Jewish Publication Society version says this:
I had taken you for divine beings, sons of the Most High.
The context in the Gospel according to John, where Jesus is about to be stoned by the priests for claiming to be the son of God, seems to support the King James interpretation. On the other hand, since the reference is to a book of the Old Testament, one would expect the Jewish interpretation to be authoritative. So which is right?

The short answer is: I don't know. But let's consider that both the Western mystic and the Western hermetic traditions say that we are all ultimately children of God. Let's also consider that children normally grow up to resemble their parents. At this point, I'll just say that growing up sometimes takes a long time (lifetimes, even) and let you connect the dots for yourself.

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