Friday, December 16, 2016

Now the sword shall never depart from your house

I am reminded of this biblical curse uttered by the prophet Nathan to David (2 Sam 12:9-12):
9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11 Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. 12 For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
From Frederic Hof in today's Washington Post: "Everyone will be paying for Aleppo for as far as the eye can see: Syrians and what remains of 'the West' will be taxed at the highest rates."

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