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Friday, May 20, 2011

Evil Kings

         In his classic commentary, THE MINOR PROPHETS, Frederic William Farr reminds us that the kings addressed by the Bible’s prophets were vicious rulers:

The kings of Assyria tormented the miserable world. They flung away the bodies of soldiers like so much clay; they made pyramids of human heads. They burned cities and filled populous lands with death and devastation. They scattered whole countries with corpses as with chaff; they had heaps of men on stakes. They strewed the mountains and choked rivers with dead bones; they cut off the hands of kings and nailed them on the walls; they left their bodies to rot with bears and dogs at the entrance gates of the cities...

Perhaps this is one reason the prophet Jonah wanted to head out in the opposite direction of Nineveh.

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