One of my characters uses Bible verses in her magic, like when she needs to create a circle of salt strong enough to hold any unknown being, she gets all “If the salt has lost its power, how shall it be made salty again? The only thing it is good for is to be cast out.” Which, of course, I love because it’s a Violent Femmes song.
But of course, since I spent all that time reading up on Appalachian folklore, I remembered that there was a Bible verse the mountain folks use to stop bleeding and it came up in writing today, so I went in search of it. Turns out that it’s Ezekiel 16:6–“And when I passed by you and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said unto you, ‘Live.’ When you were in your blood, ‘Live.’ Yes, I said unto you when you were in your blood, ‘Live.’”–but I got distracted by the story of Oholah and Oholibah, which is… you know… not the kind of thing you expect to be skipping gayly along in your Bible and stumble across.
But, as you might have guessed, Gordon Gano’s got a song about that, too. Um, I guess, if you’re not familiar with Oholah and Oholibah, I’ll trigger-warn you on this. Though in fairness, the song is only five minutes of “You and your sister fucked horses. I hate you. Love, God.” where as Ezekiel 23 is a whole chapter of “You and your sister fucked horses. I hate you. Love, God.” So, click carefully.