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Nay, the Lord sent the smiter to thee without delay," returned Richard smiling; "and 'tis not for me to continue a quarrel between church and state.
He looks around him then for some tried fighting man, some honest smiter who can give a blow or take one.
18) This interpretation retained its popularity beyond the Reformation because two Isaiahan prophecies likewise suggest that the messiah would suffer the indignity of having his hair and beard pulled out: Isaiah 53:7--"as a sheepe before her shearer is dumme, so he openeth not his mouth"--and Isaiah 50:6: "I gaue my backe unto the smiters, and my cheekes to the nippers" (the Geneva Bible glossed "nippers" as "those who pull out the beard").