I woke up the other day, it was like 3:30 in the morning. I had this idea, never came to me before, which is funny, because it was about Pulp Fiction, a movie I’ve seen about a thousand times. How could I have a novel idea about that movie.
My thought was about Ezekiel 25:17, which in the movie is as follows:
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the
Inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men
Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will
shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness
for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious
Anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers
And you will know
My name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee
In actuality, it was written this way in the King James Version of The Bible.
And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
What Jules says in the movie leading up to that verse is pure Quentin Tarantino.
Now, my thought:
That wasn’t Jules quoting that verse from memory so much as it was him remembering it. He says it one way at the beginning when he kills those people, and then at the end when he “saves” the guy he calls Ringo, Jules actually quotes it a different way.
That same scene which bookends the movie also features another line by the actress in the scene where she says the same line two different ways—totally a film flub in that case.
It is easy to write off Jules’ use of a different word as another bit of missed continuity or editing in the film making process. Or you could take it as him speaking off the cuff. Like he heard that verse once in his past somewhere and whatever rang true with him, he took and ran with.
Jules remembered the essence of the verse, and through trying to remember without actually researching it, the verse became embellished with his own interpretation of it. What’s more, he was still actively considering the meaning of that verse as he was talking to Ringo. Its meaning evolved to him.
Today is National Prayer Day, and the President held some event on the White House south lawn talking about God helping him through witch hunts and whatnot. The White House tweeted about it. Seeing Trump talk about religion or God or the freedom of religion and spirituality makes me roll my eyes. He’s no spiritual leader.
So I posted one of my favorite Bible verses:
To me, I am clearly relating this to Trump. Based on the likes that tweet has garnered so far, a few people are there with me. The rest seem to be Trump supporters, based on a random sample of their profiles, as well as the profiles of those who retweeted this. No one commented, but if I had to figure what they were applying it to, it was those nasty Democrats that had the audacity to question Attorney General William Barr.
I’m no religious scholar. I learned this verse from Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl. But it’s a great example of how the Bible works. Any message in it is universal to anything and anyone. I used that verse to take a jab at our Tub-Of-Orange-Mayonnaise-In-Chief. Other people used it to justify his supposed fight against whatever wickedness they perceive.
Also, I’m pretty sure my view of it is right. But I’m also pretty sure I’ll never convince someone to come over to that way of thinking from the other side. It’s just a weird thing.
I’m trying, Ringo… I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd.