Saturday, January 19, 2008

How are the mighty fallen!

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah emerged from hiding on Ashura, Shiite Islam's holiest day. It was his first appearance since the conclusion of the 2006 war with the "cancerous entity" (his euphemism for Israel). He carried joyful “tidings” to almost two million of his followers: "We have the [Israeli] heads, the [Israeli] hands, the [Israeli] feet, and even a nearly intact [Israeli] cadavre from the head down to the pelvis." And men and women and children waving Hezbollah flags joyfully responded: “Death to Israel”!

"Now the Philistines [Palestinians] fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard after Saul and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul…. And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. And they stripped him, and took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry the tidings unto their idols, and to the people. And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the house of Dagon"
(1 Chronicles 10:2 – 10).

"Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him. And they wailed, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword…. And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and said… Thy beauty, O Israel, upon thy high places is slain! How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of choice fruits; for there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan, the lovely and the pleasant in their lives, even in their death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan upon thy high places is slain! I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant hast thou been unto me; wonderful was thy love to me, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen…" (2 Samuel 1:11 – 27).

"… And when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,all the valiant men arose, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the terebinth in Jabesh, and fasted seven days" (1 Chronicles 10:11 – 12).

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