Jules’ Ezekiel 25:17

May 29, 2009

Something I saw this morning got me thinking about that great movie Pulp Fiction and the quote that Jules, the Samuel Jackson character says throughout. Of course if you look for this famous quote from Pulp Fiction in the Bible you won’t find it since it is a mix of many lines from the bible. But it is still something interesting to read.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.

I also really like Jules interpretation of the quote at the end of the movie. See below:

I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. Now I’m thinkin’: it could mean you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be a shepherd.

I really love the poetry of this scene and the fact that the world is really full of evil men and that it only takes a few that are trying to be good to make a difference and change the world. The world is shit and with a few people working to make it better, you can survive and it can be endured. What a great movie.

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