Need a bit’o Biblical aid my friends

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Now that Book 6 is transcribed into the magical computer box, I can no longer ignore the square brackets around the part of the book that refer to Reverend Joseph’s sermons.

He has two sermons that Portia witnesses, and they don’t need to be detailed, but should be as accurate as they can be to the Christian Bible. Not being a Christian (I’m a Hindu who is as fond of Jesus as I am of Krishna) I am left with the internet as my source of scripture.. and surprisingly, its not great for finding the passages I am looking to quote.

I’ve been using the Bartleby site here and it’s pretty good, but requires that you are more familiar with the text than <ahem> am.

What I need is a sermon that quotes a biblical passage on prostitution, and so far all I’ve found is Leviticus 19: 29

“Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; Deut. 23.17 lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.”

And Isaiah 57: 3

“But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue?”

Does anyone have a better suggestion?

And the second sermon I seek to quote is about violence, and I found Psalms 58:

“Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.”

Again, anyone have a better suggestion?

Author: Angela Misri

Novelist, Digital Strategist & Journalist

9 thoughts on “Need a bit’o Biblical aid my friends”

  1. in what context are you seeking the prostitution verse? One of the old testament prophets married a prostitute who kept stepping out on him to show God’s love for His people who kept messing around with other gods. The guy’s name was Hosea. Rahab was a prostitute who hid Israelite spies from the bad guys and they spared her life when they invaded the city. In the New testament (Jesus time): The woman at the well wasn’t a prostitute but she was promiscuous and followed Jesus. Mary Magdalene was also a prostitute and a follower of Jesus.
    violence? Try searching “violent men” in the book of Proverbs. Probably the verse most applicable to violence is the whole “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” thing.
    Best of luck! Let me know if you have any questions! Off to church, haha. 🙂

    1. I want a verse that condemns the act of prostitution (this reverend it will be revealed, had a sister who was killed ‘on the job’ and he has since fallen into a depression .. his sermons focus on the profession rather than the killer for a while). Looking up your suggestions now though – thanks so much Laura!

      1. hm… Proverbs 23 says ‘a prostitute is deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait…’ that might be good for the sermon! If you search ‘proverbs’ and ‘prostitute’ you might get a few more. Searching ‘wicked men’ and ‘bible’ might also help. 🙂 I really want to help! Haha! 🙂 anything to get my mind off this terrible agent wait…

    1. I wish I knew one! I would totally talk to them about it. Heck, I’d hand them the book and see if I was on track for more than just the sermons. But I’d feel shy about wandering into a Church or Synagogue and bugging them about this. They have slightly more important things to do with their day.

      1. my parents are rabbis. trust me, they’ve dealt with this kind of stuff before, and certainly other rabbis and pastors across the world have also. you can call their offices and just tell them what you want, arrange an appointment. it’s that simple. i’m sure any rabbi or pastor would be happy to help.
        and if you’re looking for the fire & brimstone sort of preaching, go with a pastor, that’s their thing. otherwise, go with a rabbi, they’re not so into the brimstone and fire thing.

  2. It’s cool that you are making everything authentic. There are a lot of different kinds of pastors within Christianity, looks like you are thinking of a “Jonathan Edwards” type. He lived around that time and has quite famous fire & brimstone sermons (not my favourites, but has that old school Christian-ese). It’s good that you are using the King James version, because they didn’t have all the modern language versions we have now. I agree about Hosea. The whole book is about a prophet and his wife, the prostitue – a metaphor for God and his people… How about Hosea 5:4 “They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.” Taken out of context, that could mean whatever you want, especially if your preacher has got an axe to grind.

    As for violence, Proverbs 1:15-16 “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.” But the ones you’ve picked would work too.

    I hope that is some help. I’m sure there would be a pastor who would be happy to talk to you about it. It’s pretty interesting helping out an author and most clergy are happy to talk about their faith, even in a roundabout way. Good luck!

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