Saturday, February 16, 2013

Humor from the minor prophets

It's Lent, so reading the prophets seems appropriate. Have you read Amos in awhile? Beautiful! The poetic structuring, the poignant imagery. Just marvelous! (he gushed) And sometimes, kinda funny.

File this under the "out of the frying pan" humor genre.

"It will be as though a man fled from a lion, only to meet a bear,
"As though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall,
"Only to have a snake bite him."

Amos is describing the inescapability of judgment on the "Day of the Lord." Somehow, though, I can't stop imagining Homer Simpson shrieking his way through all of this:

Lion: Roar!
Homer: Aaaaah! (runs away, right into a bear lair)
Bear: Grr!
Homer: Aaaah! (flees; finds his car, drives madly to his house. Inside...) Aahhh... Home sweet--
Snake: Hisssss! [bite]
Homer: D'oooooooohhhhh! (gradually getting softer as the poison takes effect and he sinks into unconsciousness.)

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