Skip to content

Oh, Jezebel!

A Ragtag Daily Word Prompt

Queen Jezebel Being Punished by Jehu, by Andrea Celesti

Last week my daily bible reading took me to 1 Kings and the story of Jezebel. I was reminded of a conversation with my father.

A Synopsis of Jezebel – see Biography for more info

Jezebel was a Phoenician princess in the 9th century who married Ahab, the prince of Israel. Eventually, they ruled as king and queen. Jezebel continued worship the nature god Baal. Her citizens and the Yahweh prophet Elijah despised such actions. Preparing herself to be murdered by General Jehu, she applied makeup and dressed in finery before she was thrown over her balcony and eaten by dogs.

One evening in my late teens, I was getting ready to go out with friends. I my dad looked up from the newspaper he was reading.

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” He said with disappointment.

This line comes from Ecclesiastes 1:2. You can read the entire chapter here.

I stopped, looked at him and said, “That’s great dad. You’re comparing your daughter to a queen who was thrown out a window and eaten by dogs! Nice. “

He went back to reading his paper and I left to meet my friends.

There is a distinction between me and her royal highness, Queen Jezebel. While Queen Jezebel was an evil, murderous, idol worshipper and whore. I, on the other hand, was a virginal teenager with little life experience.

This conversation along with many others is not indicative of the love we had for each other. We were both products of a cult-like church that used shame to control it’s people. My father in turn would use shame to control his children. It rarely worked because he was a softy and his heart really wasn’t in it.

It’s been over 15 years since my dad died, but sometimes when I get dressed up and put on makeup and I can hear his voice, “Vanities, vanities, all is vanity.”

No comments yet

I would love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

Lluís Bussé

Since 2012: Art | Culture | Science

Reflections of An Untidy Mind

From the Existential to the Mundane - From Poetry to Prose

I'm a Writer, Yes, I Am!

Martha Ann Kennedy's Blog, Copyright 2013-2020, all rights reserved to the author/artist

. . .

love each other like you are the lyric and they are the music

Stine Writing

Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!

smile each and every day

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Through everyday living and travels

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Creative writing studio

Think. Write. Repeat

The Boeskool

Jesus, Politics, and Bathroom Humor...

ellieejay's blog

Self-Improvement Ideas From a Self-Identified Imperfectionist

Pointless Overthinking

Understanding ourselves and the world we live in.

Musings from Melbourne

A place where Linda brings out thoughts and stories within

The Truth for Kyle Brennan

Scientology & the Death of Kyle Brennan

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Reflections on Life through poetry, essays and photos

Purposeful Life Hacks

Proliferating messages on effectively conquering "life" with passion & purpose

Beautiful Photographs

Copyright reserved by author

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

A Collaborative Mental Health Blog

1kindness2day

thoughts from the little dot

%d bloggers like this: