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Old 05-12-2018, 12:49 PM   #39
iamawaveofthesea
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found this re rehoboam:

1 Kings 12:10
Rebellion Against Rehoboam
…9He asked them, “What message do you advise that we send back to these people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” 10The young men who had grown up with him replied, “This is how you should answer these people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you should make it lighter.’ This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11Although my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. Although my father scourged you with whips, I will scourge you with scorpions.’”…

as for the yakuza is it not a punishment to have your pinkie chopped off rather than a sign of membership?
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