May 21, 2022

What does the Bible verse from Jeremiah 11:11 mean to us?

Once the credits of Jordan Peele We start to roll, you will probably find that your head is swirling with countless questions. Without spoiling anything, the ending is crazy (and decidedly vague). In fact, the only nightmares I think I’m going to have are all the unanswered questions Peele leaves me. (I need to know more about the origin of Tethered, okay?) But luckily there is a relatively simple question that I can answer for all of us without needing a PhD. in intoxicating themes about free will, fate, identity and the innate human fear of the Other: what does the biblical passage “Jeremiah 11:11” say?

Warning: SPOILERS for We are below!

This specific Bible verse appears twice in We. The first time is in a flashback, when we see Lupita Nyong’o’s character Adelaide hanging out on the boardwalk with her parents in 1986. After getting away from them, little Adelaide crosses paths with a sans- shelter holding a cardboard sign with the verse written on it in marker. The second time the verse returns is during the Tethered Uprising decades later. The same homeless man, now much older, was murdered by his lookalike, who has since dropped the sign in favor of engraving “11:11” directly on his own forehead. (Um, I guess that saves on paper?) He stands on the beach, staring at the ocean with a look of triumph (or peace, maybe?) As blood runs down his face and legs. hands.

But back to the verse itself: in general, it refers to God’s warning to the Jewish people that he will turn his back on it if he continues to worship false idols. According to the King James version of the Bible it reads as follows:

“Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will bring upon them an evil which they cannot escape; and even if they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.

As to why Peele included it, the verse could be taken as a warning from the Tethered that they were about to “harm” the people above the ground, whom they considered not to be. not deserving of their privileges. Red, Adelaide’s clone, is driven mad by her desire for revenge and explicitly states that she doesn’t think people above deserve salvation.

But there is another element at “11:11” which must also be taken into account. The number reappears at other times in the film, such as when Jason tells Adelaide the time on a clock in her bedroom as the power goes out in their house and their evil look-alikes attack. The numbers are also mirror images of each other, which could further underline the importance of the duplicates in the film.