The challenging, troublesome, dangerous thing about the Bible, or any faith-related book, is the different ways readers interpret the passages. The quote above is from the famous 23rd Psalm, a touchstone passage for many.
For me, the line above signifies forgiveness and peace. It says: “You might be in conflict now, but someday you will resolve the issues, you will forgive, and you will eat together in peace.
Then someone went and ruined it for me. A man who I will call a Negative Nellie if it’s possible for a man to be such a thing, said, “Oh, no. That passage is about revenge. It says that enemies have to be disarmed in order to sit and eat, so it’s a threat to your enemies. It’s saying they will be vanquished and disarmed, and you will put them at your table so you can gloat.”
His interpretation deflated me. I felt like I had gone to the movies to see Field of Dreams and ended up in a theatre watching Carrie instead.
The same passage interpreted in two different ways. Maybe it’s another “roses or thorns” situation that says more about the reader than the passage itself.
I prefer Field of Dreams, and I’ll stick to the rosier interpretation of the passage, too.
What do you think?