I posted last week (here) a few of my favorite parallels between the works of Shakespeare and the Bible (in particular, the King James Version). Those correspondences (and contrasts) form the backbone of my book, The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, which draws 365 daily reflections from a Shakespeare quote and a Bible verse from the King James Version (these two towering works of English literature were created in the same period and the same city, by people who undoubtedly knew each other).
But those five favorite correspondences didn’t even scratch the surface, really. So here are seven more of my favorite parallels from The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional:
Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all (2 Henry VI, III, iii, 31);
But why dost thou judge thy brother? . . . . for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10 KJV).
God forbid that I should wish them sever’d / Whom God hath join’d together (3 Henry VI, IV, i, 21);
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Mark 10:9 KJV).
A man can die but once. We owe God a death (2 Henry IV, III, ii, 235);
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27 KJV).
This was the most unkindest cut of all (Julius Caesar, III, ii, 182);
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me (Psalm 41:9 KJV).
He that doth the ravens feed Yet providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age! (As You Like It, II, iii, 43);
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? . . . . Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:6-7 KJV).
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, I, v, 167);
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV).
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel (Hamlet, II, ii, 304);
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor (Psalm 8:4-5 KJV).
And still we are but scratching the surface. I guess you’ll just have to go out and buy The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, now, won’t you? Yes. Yes, you will.