What is the origin of the phrase “His Judgment Cometh and That Right Soon”?

In the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption,” the line “His judgement cometh and that right quickly” appears. It’s not a verse from the Bible. “A prayer out of a poor man’s mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgement cometh quickly,” says Ecclesiasticus 21:5 in the Catholic Apocrypha.

The Shawshank Redemption, based on the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” was released in 1994. This story appears in “Different Seasons,” a collection of his short stories published in 1984.

The film stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and is classed as a criminal drama. Andy, a banker who is sentenced to life in jail for the murders of his wife and her lover, is played by Robbins. He befriends Ellis “Red” Redding, played by Freeman, while in prison.

Bob Gunton’s character, the warden, hides his safe behind a plaque that reads, “His judgement cometh, and that right soon.” He is a devout Christian who believes that when it comes to inmate punishment, he is an agent of God. When it comes to obeying God’s word, the warden, on the other hand, is a hypocrite. When inmates do not obey his regulations, he embezzles money and punishes them severely.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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