Settle It Now! aka Agree with Thine Adversary Quickly

October 22, 2014
“Settle It Now,” the topic for this Wednesday, is a paraphrase from a familiar quote in the King James Version of the Bible and Science and Health. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him,” and The New International Version translates this verse as “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.” Of this verse, Mary Baker Eddy states: “Agree to disagree” with approaching symptoms of chronic or acute disease,…” and  she concludes with “Therefore make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself and to others.” (SH 390 – 391)
If you were to look up “Agree with Thine Adversary Quickly” on jsh-online, you would find more than a dozen articles with this quote as the title.  A sample article is included on the readings page as well as a few Bible translations of this verse.   There are also two passages on Concord from Prose Works relating to the readings stating that “…error, when found out, is two-thirds destroyed, and the remaining third kills itself.” (Mis. 210 & 355)