"one coming breathing burning coals of juniper, and casting his lightnings before him"

Psalm 120: “What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.” Even more pertinently, Adam Clarke notes in his biblical commentaries that The Chaldee has, ‘The strong, sharp arrows are like lightning from above, with coals of juniper kindled in hell beneath’". The verse is a plea for freedom on the part of the Jews who were kept in bondage and slavery and it is with them whom Robert wrong-headedly identifies himself. Typically, he aligns himself with the vengeful aspects of a verse which contains the words “I am for peace”, which Robert is avowedly not. Coals of juniper were thought to retain their heat the longest and so represent a brutal punishment.