- Jul 2017
- Crows nest
What we know about the Egyptians and their legal practices also involves knowledge of a particular branch of literature in the form of stories featuring great eloquence, typically in a court situations. They clearly appreciated oratory and a feller who could argue his case and turn a phrase effectively.
Essentially it is an instruction on how to comport yourself as you go through life, and I'll quote chapter three, which while composed about 3,000 years ago, is applicable to us in the modern age, particularly in how we should behave in forums.
Do not get into a quarrel with the argumentative man
Nor incite him with words;
Proceed cautiously before an opponent ,
And give way to an adversary;
Sleep on it before speaking,
For the storm come forth like hay is
The hot-headed man in his appointed time.
May you be restrained before him;
Leave him to himself,
And God will know how to answer him.
If you spend your life with these things in your heart,
Your children shall observe them.
Outside of what it's about, it is interesting to note that in this tale, and many others, the word "gods" is rare as they usually refer simply to "God". Probably they are referring to God in the singular as a literary device in that it simplifies things, but there is still a possibility that at times they are in fact referring to one God, a God behind the others, though this is highly debatable.