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Great One-Liner

September 10, 2012

Some of the most memorable movies in our collective psyche are movies with great one-liners. Even people who are not familiar with the movies are yet familiar with these classic lines:

“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (Godfather)

“Go ahead, make my day.” (Sudden Impact)

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Gone With the Wind)

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”  (Cool Hand Luke)

Obviously, the Bible is filled with great drama. And as such, it is filled with great one-liners.  One of the best comes in the exchange between Samuel and Saul. In 1 Samuel 15 Saul is commanded by God to Go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1Sam. 15:3).  Unfortunately, Saul does not obey the command of God. He fought against the Amalekites and killed all the people with sword, but Saul and the people spared Agag (the king) and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatten calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them” (15:9).

Keeping the best of the spoil for himself and his own devises, Saul believes he has gotten away with his scheme. When Samuel comes again, Saul boldly says, “Blessed be you to the Lord. I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”  In response to this less than truthful assertion, Samuel responds with an unforgettable one-liner:  “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” (15:14)


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  1. September 10, 2012 2:41 pm

    I laugh out loud every time I read it. Classic!!

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