The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)
12:43 - They offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. The joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.
13:23-27 - In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashod, Ammon, and Moab; and half of their children spoke the language of Ashod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke the language of various peoples. And I contended with them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair; and I made them take an oath in the name of God saying, "You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. Did not King Solomon of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him and he was beloved by his God and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin. Shall we then listen to you and do all this great evil and act treacherously against our God by marrying foreign women?"
If I had realized there were only two books left in Nehemiah I would have finished it yesterday. That'll teach me to not check ahead while reading for a post.
I'm seriously getting tired of the immense hatred and scorn God and his favored people have against foreign women and their children. Hatred and scorn which is then acted out on the foreign women and children and not the men who took them in the first place or the men. The men may get the lecture but it's the women and children who are forced to leave their husbands/fathers.
Often times I feel like a broken record on this blog. It feels like I don't even need to read through the entire Bible now, I seem to have all the main points down and from here on in it's just going to be me talking about the same shit over and over and over again. But it's also amazing how the Bible constantly talks so negatively about women. It just LOVES to repeat itself when it comes to warning men of the dangers of women, whether the women are foreign or whores or just women who darned to want a little more power for themselves.
These last few books seem hell bent on showing just how evil foreign women are. Nehemiah even brings up King Solomon and his affairs with foreign women to drive home his point. I mean, in that book the women were straight up referred to as his "errors." His errors and yet they are to blame for his sin.
I guess the biggest error is daring to let a woman have any sort of control over your life, including influence or control over what god you worship. For the Lord is a jealous god and he'll be damned if he's gonna let some sissy women lead his noble men away from him.
Again, I feel like a broken record.
Have I mentioned lately how much I hate the Bible's abuse of pronouns? Nehemiah says "And I contended with them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair." Who the hell is "they?" I mean seriously, previously he was talking about the foreign women and children, so is that who he is talking about? If so he's really a huge asshole because who beats up a child and then pulls the hair out of its head? Even a child you dislike? I'd ask who does that to a woman but the Bible condones even worse behavior towards women so I wouldn't be surprised if it advocated such violence towards women. Or are "they" the men he is addressing in the men I assume he forces to take the oath? It could really go either way. Once can't just put in a pronoun without clarifying who that pronoun addresses like that. The semicolon leads one to believe that he is beating up the men who took the foreign wives. But the children and wives were the last people to be properly addressed so it is perfectly reasonable to assume that the children and wives are the "they" mentioned.
Seriously, I bet this reads so much better in the older dead languages. Especially Latin. You could have weird sentences like that and it would make sense in Latin. You just don't get the same kind of clarity in English.
Friday we start the book of Esther. Our first female book since Ruth. This should be interesting. :)