The literal interpretation sounds like most Disney movies.
Its metaphorical, obviously. Mountains can't sing and trees don't have hands.
Well it can't be literal because mountains and hills can't sing and trees don't have hands.<br />
To me this means that I shall get off this computer, go outside and enjoy mother nature!!!<br />
I see it as truth, however its in poetic form. I do not think the trees were actually clapping..and moutntains were singing..I believe its an ex<x>pression of the Joy and the truth..How one would feel being full of Joy and truth. Refreshed, happy..seeing the beauty god created.
I think of this as it was a kind of affirmation from the people back then for what they wanted, while the breeze and winds made the wishing ~ whisssping sounds like a song. Birds chirping sounds are like songs. Shaking Branches in the winds may look like clapping. Taking this hypnotic approach from the idea beauty and bliss from Nature to mean more to the people. And of course we have lost touch with Nature at the begin with in these days and times.
Though I think that the Bible is largely a book of crap, if you limit the quote to what is written here, I accept it as mostly literal (trees don't literally clap, but trees do communicate). At least I have found that in my life - but only since I left Christianity that had been teaching me that peace is something other than what peace is.
When I am at peace (living in peace) nothing upsets me. I walk through life with calm assurance while looking at the magnificence that I am an integral part of. No one is an enemy. Nothing threatens me. I know who and what I am, and life is joyful. If you have not been there, it's hard to explain. But just as the universe existed before people believed that is did, so too is your verse real even though most people don't believe so
It is both metaphorical and literal. Metaphor points to a process in human consciousness and literal means it has some validity to it that is beyond just mere fantasy or illusion. Right? Since its from the bible it is relating to consciousness, particularly that of being fully immersed in what Christians call the holy spirit. When one is fully awakened the whole world awakens with them and the consciousness of all things "sing" to us in a living music through a language of emotion and feeling as the waters of life flow over and through every pore of our being. The phrase is metaphor but the experience is quite literal.
The song and clapping is metaphorical for wind and leaves rustling.
No, but as a writer that's what I'd do. Learning from an old generation who learned from an older generation doesn't make something more credible than what we can see ourselves.
Metaphorical,but you get the idea....Right?