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A Word Fitly Spoken

February 27, 2020

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A Word Fitly Spoken
(an introduction)

By Dahni
© 2020, all rights reserved

I would here like to set before You, “a word fitly spoken” or as it is here, written. If I am successful, You will understand:

Some interesting things I found about a verse of scripture in the Bible, from which these words came and come

A letter from one man to another that would later be on opposing sides, during the American Civil War

One Man’s response to the letter, he had received from the other

How the Declaration of Independence & The Constitution are not separate, but unified

How one man, had he lived long enough, I believe would have RESET Our government

How I came up with the title and cover art for my book

How You are seen as and as You are, an apple of gold, emphasized, magnified and protected by a silver frame

To begin, the word “word” could be singular and it could also be used to include other or many words (plural). Words are made up of individual characters or letters from an alphabet. They are symbols. They are images. They are used so that the hearer or the reader can understand what is spoken or read by something they are familiar with, something they could picture in their minds. What then is, “a word fitly spoken”?

This post, all of my research and the title of my up and coming book, all begin from a single verse of scripture from the Bible. To Follow here, I will quote this verse, from the King James Version (KJV).

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

Commentaries refer to the word “fitly” as the right time. But even “fitly” works with that, as the word fits with the right time and place and to the right person or persons. The word “like” shows that a comparison is about to be made. This right word, words, images given at the right time, for the right person or persons, fit perfectly together with, “apples of gold in pictures of silver!”

Yellow Apples of Gold

Scholars have argued for centuries over the meaning of “apples of gold.” Were these golden apples, as in artifacts made of pure gold and made to look like apples?

Gold Apples

Were they real apples, golden or yellow apples? Were they some other fruit?

Yellow or Gold Oranges

Yellow or Gold Quince

Most agree that the “pictures” were trays, bowls or baskets of silver, perhaps elaborately engraved by a master silversmith or artisan. You can also think of these “pictures” as, picture frames, silver picture frames, adorning some work of art. The meaning is clear that the pictures, trays, bowls, baskets, or frames were to enhance, call attention to, set off, emphasize and magnify the gold. Here is another translation of Proverbs 25:11—

“The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.”

Proverbs 25:11 New Century Version (NCV)

Gold and silver are both metals. Both are valuable. Both are still used as currency, all over the world. Gold is not only more valuable than silver, brighter and more illustrious, it weighs more than silver. Even so, polished silver will reflect the gold it holds. Gold is weightier. And as an analogy, gold carries more weight in a matter, than does silver. You may also think of it as silver, serving the gold and not the gold the silver.

“From Strong’s Concordance of the Bible, the Hebrew word given is תַּפּוּחַ tappûwach, tap-poo’-akh; an apple (from its fragrance), i.e. the fruit or the tree (probably included others of the pome order, as the quince, the orange, etc.):—apple (tree).”

Reference: Strong’s Concordance, H5301

Some have suggested that the fruit of Proverbs 25:11 are, apricots, also golden or yellow. And these too, give off a pleasing fragrance and attract many forms of life. And they still grow and can be found all over the area.

Yellow or Gold Apricots

“Of all the minerals mined from the Earth, none is more useful than gold. Its usefulness is derived from a diversity of special properties. Gold conducts electricity, does not tarnish, is very easy to work, can be drawn into wire, can be hammered into thin sheets, alloys with many other metals, can be melted and cast into highly detailed shapes, has a wonderful color and a brilliant luster. Gold is a memorable metal that occupies a special place in the human mind.”

Excerpt from: https://geology.com/minerals/gold/uses-of-gold.shtml

Besides jewelry, nuggets and ingots (gold bars), used for special occasions, something “backed by gold”, and investments, gold is used in almost every device we use today. From computers and laptops, pads, cell phones and our TV’s, they all use gold. Hopefully, you will never have the experience of your vehicle’s airbag deploying, but thankfully, its reliability, should your life depend on it, is due to, gold! Gold is used in the medical industry for devices, diagnosis and even treatment. It is still used by dentists. Gold is expensive, not just because of its beauty, but because, it is so valuable!

Silver is valuable as well. Silver is often combined with gold to strengthen the gold. Bare that in mind, “silver strengthens gold”. But silver has many uses as well. I will only mention that silver has purification properties. In short, silver purifies. And one last thing I found out about silver is, if citric acid (from the fruit we have been discussing here), is mixed with silver, it becomes colloidal silver, known for its purification and healing qualities, even taken internally (orally). Some research I found proposes that juice from these fruits may have actually been poured from pitchers of silver into drinking vessels (cups), made from silver. It may have been possible that people may have consumed, some percentage of colloidal silver? But, I think we are starting to understand, whatever the “gold apples” were from Proverbs 25:11, they were real fruit. Don’t forget the word “aroma”. I’m sure real gold has a smell, but not like fruit.

Proverbs 25:11 is in the book of Proverbs (literally “wise sayings). King Solomon wrote it. He was the son of King David and Bathsheba. His father David, had the vision for building the first temple in Jerusalem, but Solomon built it. Under his reign, Israel enjoyed relative peace, great wisdom, prosperity and health. Emissaries leaving for their countries with great gift-treasures from Israel, returned home to tell others how great Solomon was and how great the Kingdom of Israel was. One Queen of Sheba, did not believe what she heard and saw and had to go see for herself. She found it even far greater than anything she had been told or shown! And a point here is, it has always been God’s will that “above all things,” (III John 2), His people prosper and be in good health!

Returning to the word “gold” for a moment, the “apples of gold”, could not have been made of real gold and made to look like apples or some other fruit. Because of the word “aroma” associated with them as from a tree, an orchard or the fruit itself, it was actually, real edible fruit!

When this began, we saw a word and words are characters, letters of an alphabet, symbols and thus, an image and images. An orientilism— stop! Before so many became so afraid of offending anyone and political correctness was a thing, the Orient, for centuries, was anyplace east of the Mediterranean Sea. The Occident was, anyplace west of the Mediterranean Sea. But an orientilism, customs, mannerisms or cultural things, were things familiar to the people of the time and area.

This area is still known to have hot days and very cool nights. Hospitality was very important. It still is. So now, I would like You to I-Magine (imagine). And the root of that word is, “image”. Get this image or these images into your mind—

You have been walking for some time and it is a very hot day. Your eyes are drawn to an oasis, perhaps an orchard? As you move towards it closer and closer to seek some cool relief, some rest and refreshment, you can detect the sweet fragrance of fruit, wafting through the gentle cool breeze. Once within the orchard you are met by your welcoming host or hostess, with beautiful and delectable apples (or some fruit), that look like yellow gold and are in baskets, bowls or trays of silver. The apples are reflected in the silver.

So, putting this all together, the right word and right words at the right time, for the right people, all fit together when compared with apples of gold in pictures (trays, bowls, baskets etc.), of silver. The greater truth, this spiritual truth, this “wise saying”, is conveyed by something familiar, something shared among hosts (servants) and guests (the served), the culinary delight of enjoying the aroma and eating fruit, beautifully presented and reflected on trays, baskets or bowls of silver.

Hot, tired, thirsty and hungry? What a feast to your eyes to behold such apples or some other fruit, yellow-gold in appearance, reflected and magnified on pictures, trays or bowls of silver! What a feast to your nose to smell the fruit, anticipating tasting it. What a feast to the touch, holding the fruit in your hand. What a feast to your ears as you bite down into the fruit. What a feast to your taste and perhaps your touch again as perhaps some of the juice rolls down your chin. How refreshing the cool fruit. How it quenches your thirst and fills your hungry. What a feast to your soul. Real fruit, a real experience, how this “fits” and fills the memory. This is a word or words (images), “fitly spoken!”

Now let us explore some letter-exchange between two men in opposition to one another, but had in common, “a word(s) fitly spoken.”

When Abraham Lincoln was elected the first Republican president of the United States, on November 6, 1860, he received no votes from nine southern states. This was like what Lincoln called in 1858 the “crisis” of the American “house divided” coming to a head.

A U.S. Congressman from Georgia, Alexander H. Stephen publicly gave a speech containing the following, on November, 14, 1860.

“When I look around and see our prosperity in every thing, agriculture, commerce, art, science, and every department of education, physical and mental, as well as moral advancement, and our colleges, I think, in the face of such an exhibition, if we can, without the loss of power, or any essential right or interest, remain in the Union, it is our duty to ourselves and to posterity to—let us not too readily yield to this temptation—do so. Our first parents, the great progenitors of the human race, were not without a like temptation when in the garden of Eden. They were led to believe that their condition would be bettered—that their eyes would be opened—and that they would become as gods. They in an evil hour yielded—instead of becoming gods, they only saw their own nakedness. I look upon this country, with our institutions, as the Eden of the world, the paradise of the universe.”

Alexander H. Stephens
Excerpt from: Stephens, Alexander (1860). ‘The Assertions of a Secessionist’.
New York: Loyal Publication Society. p. 6. Retrieved June 1, 2016.

Likely from this speech, Lincoln wrote to Stephens, less than a month later, on December 22, 1860, to assuage his fears about the incoming administration:

“Do the people of the South really entertain fears that a Republican administration would, directly, or indirectly, interfere with their slaves, or with them, about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you, as once a friend, and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for such fears.”

Abraham Lincoln
Excerpt: from a letter to Alexander H. Stephens November 14, 1860

Stephens responded to Lincoln in a letter eight days later on, December 30th, 1860.

“A word fitly spoken by you now would be like ‘apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Stephens quoted from Proverbs 25:11, to persuade Lincoln that a public statement from the president-elect would help greatly in the mounting crisis of the divided country. A student of the Bible in his own right, Lincoln reflected on Stephens’s biblical reference and, in a note to himself, used the “apples of gold” reference to clarify the connection between America’s constitutional union and the principle of “Liberty to all.” This became known as ‘Fragment on the Constitution and Union (1861)—The Purpose of the American Union’.

Not long after this exchange between these two men, Stephens would become the Vice President of The Confederate States of America, in February of 1861. At the end of the Civil War, he was charged with treason, held in prison for five months, then released and went on to serve as governor of the State of Georgia, until the day he died. So from this, I saw it is not so important who, what, where, when, why or how a word or words (images), are spoken or written as it is the word or words themselves that make them, “a word fitly spoken!”

But Lincoln used The Declaration of Independence as “apples of gold” and Our Constitution, as the “pictures” (a basket, a tray, a picture frame), “of silver”. In this same work, Lincoln said that the apple (You), was not made to serve the silver (the Constitution), but the Constitution was made to serve, You. This was and is, a word or words (images), “fitly spoken!”

This is but one of several reasons why,  I believe, had Lincoln not been assassinated, he would have RESET the Constitution (government), back to ordinary (original), occasions, prior to 1861.

And another reason I believe Lincoln would have set everything alright, comes from his first Inaugural address. I will just quote just, the very last line of his address—

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. “

Excerpt from: Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, Monday, March 4, 1861

And still yet another reason I believe Lincoln would have taken the “Extraordinary occasions” clause of the Constitution he had invoked and put it back into ordinary occasions into the Constitution, was from ‘The Gettysburg Address’—

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

And again, another reason I believe Lincoln would have canceled the Conscription Act and the Lieber Code, both of 1863, restoring Our Constitutional Republic, can be seen from his second inaugural address—

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Excerpt from: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

If these reasons are not all there is, this is my final reason why, I believe Lincoln would have ended “legal fiction” and restored all three branches of government, to their co-equal status, restored the states and all the people, to their Constitutional and God given Unalienable rights. This is simply seen in how Lincoln wanted Lee and his men treated, when they surrendered.

On April 9th, 1865, in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home, two generals met with their staffs, at one o’clock in the afternoon. This was the same McLean who owned property In Manassas, VA, where the Civil War had first started, thought to have only lasted a short-time, but endured for four years at the cost of many lives, equal to all wars since, all included and up to, the first year of the Vietnam War.

General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to General Ulysses S. Grant. Having sent a message to President Lincoln that Lee was intending to surrender, he asked the president how he wanted to treat this. Lincoln quickly responded, “Go easy on them!” When Lee asked for terms, Grant quickly wrote out the following:

All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property–most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations.

Even though more conflicts continued until the end of 1865, Lee’s surrender effectively took all the fire out of the Confederacy and the Civil War ended, for all practical purposes.

But we will may never know if the man that took over the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches, the states and all the people, would have RESET all or not because, on April 14th, 1865, a bullet rang out. Well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. It was during his attendance of the play, ‘Our American Cousin at’ Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 am, April 15th, 1865, in the Petersen House opposite the theater.

Instead of a restoration, and UNdivide, a RESET, a reclamation, the ending of Martial Law, and “legal fiction”, all of these have continued to this day as if, (“legal fiction”), the Civil War never ended! And thus, this division (intentional or not), has become a mindset, a facade, “legal fiction”, not really real, and government de facto (“as a matter of fact”), and not government de jure (“pure law”). Today, 155 years after, 1865, these things continue, as if, (“legal fiction”), the American Civil War is still taking place! You may not agree, but just understanding this, is to me, “a word (or words), fitly spoken (or written)!”

Since Lincoln could not and therefore, did not RESET Our Republic, it leaves US, WE the People to UNdivide and reclaim what has always been Yours, mine, and Ours! And that is, “a word (or words), fitly spoken (or written)!”

So, so what does the title and cover art of my book have to do with “a word (or words), fitly spoken?” How does it compare with “apples of gold in pictures (picture frames), of silver?”

The title, ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’, takes all of these things above, into account. What Solomon wrote 1,000’s of years ago, Abraham Lincoln took from a letter from Alexander Stephens, and saw The Declaration of Independence as “apples of gold” and The Constitution as “pictures (picture frame), of silver. He saw them as not separate documents, but unified and unifying. From his work, ‘Fragment of the Constitution’ I saw these things too. But I saw something else as well. I was able to reduce the apples of gold and pictures of silver down to their least common denominator. The Constitution is, the picture frame of silver, the reason for government. The Declaration of Independence is, the purpose of government. And that purpose is, You! You are, this Apple of Gold!

Behind You is a frame of silver. On the front of this frame is the entire text, of The Constitution of the United States. The word “We” is gold and appears to be three-dimensional, as if freely floating above the rest of the text. This word “We” is the very first word and part of the preamble to Our Constitution. This is, the reason of government. And that reason is, to ensconce and protect and serve and emphasize and magnify its object, its purpose, You. You are, the Apple of Gold!

The apple has been purposefully and intentionally made to appear as if, it were made of real gold, to emphasize your preciousness and innumerable, immeasurable value! But there is a green leaf growing from its stem. This is to show that You are both alive and living!

Over the apple is the entire text of the Declaration of Independence, the purpose for the government. And you are this purpose, for You are created equal and are endowed by your creator with certain UNalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Your Happiness. You alone are “endowed with” everything You need to grow, to sustain, and to maintain, flourish and prosper. And your ‘seed’ is within you to continue or propagate Your government, alter it, change it or even form new government.

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The apple appears to be floating free from all restraints, three-dimensional almost, upon the frame of silver. This is because, You alone are FREE and You alone, are the power and authority of government limited! It is Your right to alter, change, or abolish the government, if and whenever it becomes destructive of its bounds (its limits). And You are FREE to institute new government, as You deem appropriate to effect, Your Happiness and Safety! You, as this apple of gold, have chosen and choose to float freely over, yet in unity with the frame of silver, Your Republic constituted, bound and limited!

You are, this Apple of Gold!

This entire image appears on the cover page of the book as if, it is three-dimensional. A gold book plate is centered below this apple of gold in a frame of silver and it appears three-dimensional as well and contains the title of the book. The rest of the cover is period wallpaper and the entire cover is as if, it was actually hanging on some wall in your home.

This Ladies and Gentlemen, is a “word fitly spoken” or written. This singular word or collection of words, are symbolic. They are images. They are something familiar with the original. The time is right, this is the right place and You are the right person. You are like an apple of gold because, You are this apple of gold!

Above, beneath and all around You is, the collective individual apples of gold and the singular limited government is, to serve You, from the word “We”. For you and all the apples that are now or ever were, have pledged or pledge to you their lives, fortunes and sacred honor! One for All and All for One! Together, UNdivided and thus United, WE are the People, with all the power and authority to protect and serve You and each one of US, WE the People!

More than what Dr. Benjamin Franklin said at the beginning of the American Revolution, that if they did not all hang together (stand together), they would all hang (literally), separately, IF WE do not magnify, protect and serve You, WE all will fail! It would be far, far better that all of US fail, if all of US fail to protect and serve YOU!

You are this this object familiar, this image—

A word fitly spoken like an apple of gold in picture frame of silver!

If You think or believe that our founders did not believe in God and rely on Divine Providence, that You are not endowed by Your creator with certain UNalienable rights, then You need to think again and believe what has always been Yours.

From The Declaration of Independence—

“…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

”We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,…”

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

This is the sole purpose to UNdivide, and the only possible reason, to unify, to be UNited. And it is, for YOU!

If You do not know and believe that You are the reason for government, then You need to learn and believe that if Your rights do not come from God, they are not UNalienable! If not UNalienable, then they are alienable and subject to the opinions, privileges, begging, borrowing, barter, forfeiture and seizure, at the whim of other like-blooded and imperfect human beings.

If You do not understand and believe that the Declaration of Independence is part of Constitution and the Constitution is part of The Declaration of Independence, and they are together Unified, then You need to illuminate Yourself that You are an Apple of Gold! And You are the power and authority of the government! And the government, the picture frame of silver, is empowered by You and authorized by You, to protect, magnify and serve You!

From the preamble to the Constitution, it is unified with the Declaration—

“…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

The “blessings of Liberty” are, Your life, Your Liberty and Your Pursuit of Happiness!

From the close of the Constitution, it is unified with the Declaration —

“…done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…”

You, are the word and words “fitly spoken” (or written). You are the Apple of Gold. You empower and authorize the government (the silver picture frame), so that You may rest, cool, refresh, purify and heal, be protected, magnified and served! All fit perfectly together, at the right place, and the right time, for the right person. Now is that time. You are the right person! And You are—

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

And now that You know Who You are and what You are, what are You going to do about it?

From the Introduction to: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’
© 2020, all rights reserved
By Dahni & I-Magine

 

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