"Who is like Israel?
Being in very nature the chosen one,
he did not consider his neighbors equal to him,
and he grasped his birthright.
He made himself higher than them,
taking the form of a conqueror,
being made in the image of a lion.
And being found in appearance as a nation,
he proudly refused to apologize and became defiant,
refusing peace and refusing to carry a cross.
When attacks were hurled at him, he retaliated;
when he suffered, he threatened manifold vengeance.
He did not merely entrust his fate to the heavenly Judge.
Therefore exalt him above all other nations,
for the name of Israel is above every other nation,
and at name of Israel every nation will bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue will confess that Israel is chosen,
to the glory of his everlasting favor."
— the worshipers of the beast
Art: "The Release of Barabbas"