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God wants you to eat what?

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Today, when you’re really really mad, you might tell somebody to eat feces, but most wouldn’t really mean it.

The Bible tells us, though, that this is exactly what God wants us to do for him.

“But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? Hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?” (II Kings 18:27)

One more reason why I am an Atheist.

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  • Yet another moron who can’t seem to understand figurative language. Thank you for illustrating why I’m NOT an atheist — I couldn’t stand to hang around with people like you all the time.

  • Nancy

    Well, then Warren, suppose you enlighten everybody? Thanks.

  • I can help. Properly interpreted this means that godless Liberals and Homosexuals should be rounded up into walled camps and forced to eat their own dung and piss.


  • Gee, rather than start out with a bunch of personal hyperbole, how about we look at the passage in question to see what it is saying?

    Hezekiah, the king of Judah (part of Israel, split into two at the time), is a “good guy,” while Sennacherib, king of Assyriah, is a “bad guy.” Sennacherib’s armies have been kicking Hezekiah’s armies all over the place, and Hezekiah offers tribute if Sennacherib will leave him alone.

    After accepting the tribute, Sennacherib still sends his field commander out to attack Jerusalem. So the field commander goes and announces his intentions, essentially asking for a surrender. Hezekiah’s (the good king) reps ask the Assyrian commander to speak more quietly, so that the people guarding the wall aren’t involved in the parley.

    Instead, the enemy field commander boasts loudly in a language the Judean soldiers can understand, suggesting as spelled out above that the Judeans will have to eat and drink their own nastiness. The Judeans are really upset as they report back to Hezekiah.

    As it turns out, the Rabshakeh boasted a little too early, and in fact they do not sack Jerusalem at all, but get tied up in internal squabbles.

  • So where the author of this articlette got the idea that “God wants you to eat” anything at all from this passage is beyond me. It definitely doesn’t come from the passage.

    There are plenty of shocking stories in the Bible — I wrote up a bit on the book of Judges some time ago, for example — but this is just ill-advised boasting by a military commander, not some declaration of the will of God.

  • Nancy

    Well, now that makes more sense. Rab was basically telling the Judean reps they can all “eat shit” & he (Sennacherib) isn’t parleying with any of them, correct? Gratuitous rudeness is always disgusting. Thanks for the interpretation. Especially when taken out of context, the KJB is difficult, at least for me.

  • Yep, you’ve got it.

    I’ll admit that I turned to a different translation briefly to ensure I was remembering the story correctly. 🙂

    Bible Gateway makes it easy.

  • Thanks, Phillip.

    Essentially, this was the ancient Hebrew way of saying “Eat sh*t and die.”

  • No, Warren. The ancient Syrian way of saying that. The Hebrews aren’t the ones talking in the quoted passage.

  • This original post is, frankly, just useless dumb hatefulness- an extremely cheap shot.

    Phil’s Bible lesson in comment 4, however, was excellent, and justified the effort of reading. File under: God works in mysterious ways.

    And how’s about a link to that Book of Judges story?

  • I’m pretty sure that the biblical Assyrians are not actually the progenitors of our modern-day Syrians. In fact, while there are Assyrian people in the world today, Assyria as a nation or empire no longer exists.

    But Victor’s right otherwise, in that this was the field commander for the Assyrian empire speaking to the Judeans, not the other way around.

    Thanks, Al! My old article is Judging Judges.

  • Warren

    Victor — you’re right, of course. I was thinking it was originally written in Hebrew, though the statement was made in Assyrian.

  • It’s actually too bad God isn’t giving tips on what to eat… he’d make a killing on the diet scene.

  • Mark;
    Unfortunately, a lot of people have decided to take the dietary requirements in Exodus and Leviticus and run with them. That and the people publishing books about “ancient recipes” are raking in the cash.

  • Warren: Would eating on the run qualify as an Exodus diet? 😉