The other day a friend of mine put up a quote from Ecclesiastes 10 that talk about the wise & the foolish: "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." (Ecclesiates 10:2 NIV)
He also mentioned where Jesus said the goats would be on His left hand & the sheep on the right. Remember the goats are those heading to Hell.
He raised the question about why liberals are called the "Left" & conservatives the "Right". Historically, it goes back to the French Revolution & the seating arrangement of the Estates General. The radicals who wanted to overthrow everything sat on the left. That included getting rid of religion. The result was the "Reign of Terror", a prime example, IMHO, of the left at its natural worst. Also a reminder that the same thing could happen today because once again the left is trying to throw out religion.
But this also got me thinking about the apparent coincidence found in that quote from Ecclesiastes. So, haven taken 3 college level semesters of Biblical Hebrew I dug out my Hebrew Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament, & my Hebrew dictionary. Here is the original Hebrew:
לב חכם לימינו ולב כסיל לשמאל
Here is my translation: "(The) heart of the wise is to the right (side or hand may be added) but (the) heart of the foolish is to the left (again may add side or hand)." So far so good, the NIV did a fair job of translating it.
But I didn't stop there. I decided to see how St. Jerome translated it into Latin. Here is what I found: "cor sapientis in dextera eius et cor stulti in sinistra illius."
For those whose Latin is rusty cor means heart, dextera refers to the right & sinistra to the left. (The root words are sinister for left & dexter for right.) In fact the word sinister is still in use According to the dictionary it is an adjective that means "having an evil appearance : looking likely to cause something bad, harmful, or dangerous to happen"
When St. Jerome did the translation he used the vulgar, or common version of Latin used by the average speaker.
The Douay-Rheims translation is based on the Vulgate. It says "The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand."
Many other modern translations also use refernece to the left for foolishness/fools & right for wisdom/wise. The New American Bible says "The wise man's understanding turns him to his right; the fool's understanding turns him to his left." The RSV-CE says "A wise man's heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool's heart toward the left." Finally, from La Sacra Bibbia - Edizione CEI, "La mente del sapiente si dirige a destra e quella dello stolto a sinistra." (Translation: "The mind of the wise is directed to the right is the one of the fool to the left.")
As I already pointed out the Latin word for left, sinister, is also used for describing an evil, something harmful or something bad. So let's look at a few things the modern left is promoting that shows how they are living up to their sinister, or leftist, label.
We could start with abortion, the murder of innocent unborn babies. Then there is the promotion of euthenasia, gay marriage, homosexual acts as being OK, etc. In short, what Pope John Paul labeled as the "culture of death." & that is only a part of the evils promoted these days by the modern left.
So maybe King Solomon wasn't thinking of the modern left when he wrote what he did under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit knew what things would be like in the early part of the 21st Century.
Of course the left would say that what they are promoting is wisdom & good. In their minds it is, because it what they say the world calls wisdom. But as St Paul pointed out to the Corinthians "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God."
So they proffess themselves to be wise. But as St. Paul told the Romans "Proffessing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
We are seeing the results of that foolishness in the destruction of our culture. We are also seeing where that is leading, to the destruction of America & Western civilization if they are allowed to continue taking us down the path they want us to follow.
& we can't say we haven't been warned.