Monday, September 21, 2015

Trump on "Bending to Envy"

Trump says nothing of substance about the Bible in this interview, but he can't admit that he doesn't know anything about the Christian holy book because he will lose those evangelicals who are still supporting him

His only attempt at actually dealing with the content of the Bible is a reference to a passage that I do not think exists: the "chapter" dealing with "bending to envy."  

Of course we could give Trump the benefit of the doubt here--Proverbs does say a few things about envy.

In the King James Version of the Bible, there are several mentions of envy in Proverbs: "Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways," reads Proverbs 3:31. Envy is "rottenness to the bones," says Proverbs 14:30. And there's Proverbs 23:17: "Let not thine heart envy sinners." But there does not appear to be any verse in that book, or in other parts of the Bible, that urges readers to "never bend to envy."
CBN reporter David Brody, who conducted the interview, told The Washington Post that Trump aides said the candidate was referring to Proverbs 24:1-2: "Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief."
This raises the question of whether Trump's reference to the "people ... bending to envy" he'd experienced in his life was a self-reference, or what other interpretation of the verse there might be.