Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here

If you watched the news this week, no matter where you live, you have likely heard about the gruesome and tragic death of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was taken and murdered as he walked home just a few blocks from his summer day camp. Living in the New York area myself this was quite sobering, demonstrating the pervasiveness of evil in our society and communities. The first quote that came to my mind was that “all the devils are here”.

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare – The Tempest

The Bible teaches us to mourn with those who mourn, and thank God the New York area did just that with thousands of people turning out to support the family and pay respects at the boy’s funeral (see the story in the New York Times).

Please pray for the Kletzky family and the people of their community as they will be dealing with the fallout of this act of evil for a very long time. Unfortunately in Brooklyn this week, this quote from Shakespeare rings true.

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It Is a Wise Father That Knows His Own Child

Here is a famous quote I heard this week is about the relationship between father and child: “It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

The Bible covers parent-child relationships such as “honor thy father and mother” and “fathers, provoke not your children to wrath”. The quote “It is a wise father that knows his own child” does not come from the Bible; it was written by William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice.

Although this is not from the Bible, it is nevertheless true.

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