SOME SOULS I KNOW have been done dirt.
Three recent situations come to mind, two of which I can’t tell you about, so I won’t bother with the third.
Here’s a Bible blues song for those souls and for all souls who feel mistreated.
Please don’t take all the lyrics literally.
Other lyrics, hopefully, are just the Bible writer’s initial reaction to a sucker punch.
Here are lyrics, I’m sad to say, we may need to take literally:
Liars are pouring out invective [insults] on me;
Their lying tongues are like a pack of dogs out to get me,
barking their hate, nipping my heels—and for no reason!
I loved them and now they slander me—yes, me!—
and treat my prayer like a crime;
They return my good with evil,
they return my love with hate.
Here’s the Bible writer’s reaction to the sucker punch from one of his attackers. Let’s not take the writer literally. He’s talking crazy. Pain does that to us sometimes.
Give him a short life,
and give his job to somebody else….
Chop down his family tree
so that nobody even remembers his name….
That’s all he deserves since he was never once kind,
hounded the afflicted and heartbroken to their graves….
He dressed up in curses like a fine suit of clothes…
So give him a gift—a costume of curses;
he can wear curses every day of the week!
Psalm 109:8, 13, 17-19
When it comes time to pray a real prayer in the heat of battle, this is the healthier approach.
Oh, God, my Lord, step in;
work a miracle for me—you can do it!
Get me out of here.
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