[b-hebrew] A Request
peterkirk at qaya.org
Sun Oct 24 12:24:21 EDT 2004
On 24/10/2004 10:15, MarianneLuban at aol.com wrote:
>BTW, to get back on topic. One of the best riposts in the entire Tanach was
>said to be uttered by King Ahab of Israel. "Let him that puts on his armor
>not boast louder than he who takes it off." I like this. For me it means that
>anybody who is in a position to put on armor and go into battle is one
>thing--but he who lives to take it off is another matter. Anybody agree? Of course,
>ultimately this king didn't live to take off his armor but here is something:
> Ahab, in I Kings 22:34, instructs his chariot driver to take him out of the
>battle because he had sustained a wound. But right afterward it states that
>he "was stayed up in his chariot" until the evening. Battles weren't fought at
>night in those times and so it seems to me that Ahab had somebody hold him up
>so that he could at least be seen by his men so they wouldn't lose heart.
>Then, when evening came and the fighting had to stop, he died--and no wonder!
>One can't really dislike a man like that, no matter what else was written about
>him. That's my take.
Reminds me of a recent presidential election in a country I know well,
where the outgoing president, an old man, was taken seriously ill a few
months before the election but conveniently survived until a few months
after his successor took over. Rather too convenient to be true, the
opposition alleges (although I doubt if a cover-up was actually possible
as the outgoing president was at a clinic in the USA). If the truth was
indeed more than was told publicly, would that be something admirable?
Sorry, back off topic, but I don't see this action of Ahab's as
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