Conan and Moab

Oct 10, 2021 1:49 am

I wondered if Conan had read Leviticus. Do you remember when Conan was asked what was best in life?

His response is pretty well known - "To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women."

It doesn't possess the poetic ring of the KJV, but it is a little bit like Leviticus 26:7 in which Israel is (yet again) reminded of the blessings of obedience - " And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword."

Granted, there's no reference to the lamentations of the women. You'll probably have to go to Isaiah for that.

Actually, Jeremiah 48:38 covers both lamentations and where I'll be headed this week - "There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof..." I guess they know I'm coming.

I'm headed south with 2 guys who share my name, and Moab is one of the places we'll see. It's my dad's old stomping grounds. My son and I have been there a couple times before. It's strange and beautiful country. I hope to see some spots that will make a great setting for a future book. My current WIP takes place in a desert, mostly, but it's an Idaho desert of sagebrush and cheatgrass where basalt bones pierce the pale dirt skin. I've surpassed the 50K word mark on this novel. Unfortunately, I won't get any writing done this week because of the trip during which I hope there will be no lamentations.

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Keep the lamentations to a minimum.