"thus saith the Lord"

from Martin Luther King, Jr – Letter From Birmingham Jail on Rap Genius

Meaning

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

 -Isaiah 44:6

This verse is similar to John 3:16 for Christianity — a succinct statement of monotheistic belief

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