6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the lions!
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;
when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted.
8 Like a slug melting away as it moves along,
like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.
10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then men will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.”
This is one of the more bitter parts of the bible that I’ve come across. Usually ill-boding verses like these are ascribed to God himself, but in this case the quote comes from David, who has written this for his director of music. Switch around a couple words and these could easily be the lyrics to a modern hardcore song. Should so called righteous men be dreaming of the day when they will “bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked”? Sounds like self-righteousness to me, or worse yet the seeds of Wrath, but I suppose if this was written by divine-inspiration then it’s justified.
The bible is so convoluted. All the ambiguities and mistranslations are the stuff wars are made of (really). The general theme I’ve found can be summed up in Proverb 26:11 “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly”. God bails out the Jews, but they are “stiff-necked” and turn away from him repeatedly, fleeing to other gods and the ever-dreadful foreign women, which seem to go hand in hand. They only turn to him in desperation, and soon forget their savior once they’re free of troubles. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I’m up to the Book of Jeremiah now, just a little ways to go to the end of the Old Testament, but I doubt I’ll ever make sense of it all. 메롱.