where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts
." That "even" turns my face to our southern border, where these fleeing families are like the birds of which the psalmist sings.
More than one scriptural text utilizes this idea: "On this mountain the Lord of hosts
will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines" (Isa.
One that stands out for me came in November 2015, in a revealing exchange between Washington Post columnist George Will, the scholarly senior statesman of conservative punditry, and Bill O'Reilly, Fox News' lord of hosts
. Will had written a column about O'Reilly's best-selling tome 'Killing Reagan'.
Apocalypsis began, surprisingly, in the theatre's aisles, with choristers shouting as they marched forward: "The Lord of Hosts
has a day of doom waiting," "Then man's pride shall be brought low," and other dire prophecies.
Rahab in 2 Joshua is a "whore-woman"; "Hold Thy peace" in Judges 18:19 becomes "Be quiet"; the Lord of Hosts
is now the Lord of Armies; and the woman from Endor becomes a "Ghostwife" (1 Samuel 28).
And she made this vow: 'O Lord of Hosts
, if You will look upon the suffering of Your maidservant and will remember me and not forget Your maidservant, and if You will grant Your maidservant a male child, I will dedicate him to the Lord for all the days of his life; and no razor [morah] shall ever touch his head' (I Sam.
The Lord of hosts
has sworn in my hearing: Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant." This description rings true of far too many towns and cities around the globe at this moment.
"Why hasn't it risen, the powerful hymn?/Of thanksgiving ..." He notes the absence of what the occasion surely calls for: "No Te Deum has been sung to praise the Lord of Hosts
" and no artist has come forth to record the event with paint and brush for posterity.
His favorite book was Micah; his favorite verse 4:4"But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts
hath spoken it"appears no fewer than 11 times in his diaries.
God is on his throne, and the heavenly beings surround him singing 'Holy; holy, holy is the Lord of hosts
..." Isaiah replies in contrast, "Woe is me!
With the help of an amulet, song, and the prophesized powers of Peter, Julia, and Louisa, the group uses their faith in the Lord of Hosts
to fight and defeat the Shadow.
Some of the most intriguing entries are those in which the writers imagine new or unlikely terrain, whether Tova Mirvis' Memphis in "Potatoes," Joey Rubin's Buenos Aires in "Toward Lithuania," or Yael Goldstein Loves wartime dairy farm in"Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Is the Lord of Hosts
." Other writers imagine the Promised Land theme more figuratively.