Beware the Ides of March Quote Origin

Today we observe the “Ides of March” made famous by the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. and its portrayal in the Shakespearean play named after him. Yes, today’s quote is not from the Bible, but like other Shakespeare quotes it has been known to be confused with Biblical text.

“Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2, William Shakespeare

The word “ides” comes from the ancient Roman calendar dating as far back as 753 B.C. The Romans had three reference points for each month known as the Kalends, the Nones and the Ides. The Kalends was the first day of the month, the Nones was either the fifth or seventh or day depending on the month, and the Ides was…

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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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Boldness Be My Friend!

As Christians we are taught to be meek and humble, but are there times when the Bible tells us that we should be bold?

“Boldness be my friend!” – Bible or Not?

I thought we were to approach God with humility, after all, the Bible describes us as only being dust. And when Job contended with God, he concluded, “Behold, I am vile”, and that he was not justified to question God. So could it be true that the Bible encourages us to be bold with God?

Let us therefore come boldly [with boldness] to the throne of grace…

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