A verse for the ages

Now we learn that the coversheets for intelligence reports written for Rumsfeld contained biblical quotations. Whoever put the following quotation on one of his reports either had an impish sense of humor or hadn’t cracked open a Bible since his days in Sunday School:

Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.

That verse is Isaiah 5:28.

The catch is that the arrows, the bows, the hooves and the wheels are God’s, and they’ve been turned on Israel for turning away from God.

Chapter 5 of Isaiah, from which the quote was taken, is here.

As Isaiah 5:7 explains,

7. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant.
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed.

Perhaps the verse was appropriate, after all.


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