Monday, May 19, 2014

Painted Jezebel

The English idiom, “Painted Jezebel,” a scheming woman, comes from Melachim B (Kings II) 9:30.  Yehu (Jehu) is on his divinely decreed mission to wipe out the entire House of Achav (Ahab,) and, having just killed her son and heir, Yehu comes for Izevel (Jezebel.) Her first reaction isn’t to mourn but to adorn herself in makeup in the hope of seducing Yehu.  It seems that the Idolatrous belief of, “using,” gods rather than relating to God parallels the behavior of using people, hence her assumption that Yehu would be happy to use her in exchange for clemency.  Yehu has none of it and throws her out the window.

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