Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.…
Compare this text with one from the Buddhist scriptures, which some writers are endeavouring to exalt to an equal rank with the Bible: "He who fosters no desires for this world or for the next, has no inclination; him I call a Brahmin" (the perfect man). The Buddhist heaven is Nirvana, a condition in which the soul has lost all interest and all sensitiveness, a dead life, a spiritual petrifaction, in which, as the stone is not hurt by the avalanche that crushes it, the soul can endure the crash of the universe. How different this to the Bible declaration, "We shall be satisfied with the fatness of Thy house!" Or, make the contrast between our text and the best practical philosophy of the ancients — that of the Stoics: Care for nobody, and you will not be bereaved; want nothing, and you cannot be robbed; have re hopes, and you will have no regrets. The Bible puts a light in the dead eye, and a fire in the cold heart. Descartes taught that wisdom was in limiting one's desires to the actual conditions of life. The Bible promises to expand the good to meet the utmost longings of the mind. Man's best expedient is to collapse the great voids in the heart as soon as possible; Christ's proposal is to enlarge and then fill them. Take this as an evidence that He who gave us the Bible is He who gave us being.
Parallel VersesKJV: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.