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Samuel L. Jackson’s Monologue at the End of Pulp Fiction (Ezekiel 25:17)

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Possibly the most intense scene and for me one of the most hair raising monologues in cinema history (purely due to the way it is perfectly executed by Samuel L. Jackson) is when Vincent and Jules are in the apartment at the start of the film, and Jules recites what is essentially his last rights to people whom he is about to execute. However there is also a longer version of this monologue which has some explanatory remarks made by Jules towards the end of the movie. It contains everything from the earlier scene… and then some, so I’m going to quote that version below:

“There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. “

“Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children and I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers and you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you!”

“Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years and if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant, I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass, but I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. “

“See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man and I’m the righteous man and Mr. 9 mm here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. “

“Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish and I’d like that, but that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak and I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.”

It’s an amazing monologue, but certainly has much more power in that famous scene… There is however one tiny difference between the two monologues which is the very last line of the bible verse. In the earlier version (the one you will see below) the final line actually is; “And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.” most people forget that it even comes up again, so here it is in all its shouty Sammy L goodness:

A lot of people do question whether this is a real bible verse, and it partly is. Ezekiel 25:17 actually just reads like this:

“And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.”

The rest of the monologue however was fabricated from various other biblical verses to suit the scene and generally sound badass.

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