Proverbs 16:25

Hebrew Bible

23 A wise person’s heart makes his speech wise, and it adds persuasiveness to his words. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. 26 A laborer’s appetite has labored for him, for his hunger has pressed him to work. 27 A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a scorching fire.

Matthew 7:13

New Testament

11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets. 13Enter through the narrow gate because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it! 15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.

 Notes and References

"... There can be no doubt that the JOURNEY metaphor in the religious context of the Bible draws a clear, dichotomous distinction between two ways of life, the good, moral life on the one hand versus the bad, immoral life on the other hand. This dichotomy runs through all the detailed aspects of the metaphorical model. Thus, following the introduction of the two general kinds of journey, we will look at the two sorts of paths and the two kinds of travelers involved. Finally, we will come to God's role in the metaphorical scenario, which also comprises two basically different attitudes and ways of acting. After this analysis of metaphors from the Old Testament, we will take a short look at some interesting reflections of these in examples from the New Testament ... The most important structural metaphor in the model investigated is a specification of the simple LIFE IS A JOURNEY metaphor. The result is a clear moral imperative: LEADING A MORAL LIFE IS MAKING A JOURNEY ON GOD'S WAY ... (The source of each example presented in this paper is provided by giving the biblical book plus the standard verse number ... Deuteronomy 5:33; Deuteronomy 11:28; Proverbs 16:25; Psalm 119:32; Jeremiah 18:15; Proverbs 5:21; Matthew 7:13) ..."

Jäkel, Olaf Hypotheses Revisited: The Cognitive Theory of Metaphor Applied to Religious Texts (pp. 20-42), 2002

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