Saturday, 8 December 2007
Sayeth The Lord

"Vengeance is mine, says the Lord"
              -- Biblical line quoted by Robert Spencer here

"Says" or "sayeth"? The Lord doesn't "say." The Lord "sayeth." And there's the indispensable rest: "I will repay." "Vengeance is mine, " sayeth the Lord. "I will repay."

Tolstoy liked the sentiment, and found it an apt epigraph for "Anna Karenina." He uses the Church Slavonic version -- "az vozdam" for "I will repay" -- rather than the KJV in English. Can't imagine why. Foreigners -- what can you do with them?

Posted on 12/08/2007 1:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
8 Dec 2007
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Quite right. God, as I have said many times, is nothing if not old fashioned. From my article a while back: God spake and He smote - He did not do podcasts.