"When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; Therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning
Unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light
Of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths indicate clearly otherwise."
This rule was published regularly in the monthly magazine, Biblical Research Monthly, and is generally credited as David L. Cooper's "Golden Rule of Interpretation."
It is often shortened to this:
If the plain sense of Scripture makes good sense seek no other sense lest it result in nonsense.
This rule might be alright if any of us had the good sense to distinguish between sense and nonsense.