Who Says The "And I Will Strike Down Upon Thee" Speech In Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Video?

16 July 2018, 16:49 | Updated: 16 July 2018, 16:51

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Madonna lends her voice to Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' video but where is the "And I will strike down upon thee" speech taken from?

Ariana Grande just dropped the third single from her upcoming fourth studio album Sweetner called 'God Is A Woman' alongside a video and it is quite literally ~spectacular~.

In the video, Ariana takes a nice dip in a bath full of bath bombs, she sits on top of the world and *fingers* a category five hurricane, takes no sh*t from men, serves looks, serves vocals and most importantly, ends the video as God herself giving life to Eve. Iconic. Truly. Even the memes are out of control.

Ariana Grande God Is A Woman Video
Picture: Republic

The whole thing is visually STUNNING but half way through the video, there's a spoken word interlude that's not featured on the single. So, who is speaking and where is the quote from?

Well, the voice (of God, most likely) is Madonna and the actual speech that features in the song is an altered verse from the bible passage Ezekiel 25:17 that was actually re-written by Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction. In the film, the same verse is spoken by Samuel L. Jackson. Of course, in Ariana's version, the pronouns are changed because, haven't you heard, sweetie? God is a woman...

Here's the full transcript of the verse, spoken by Madonna in the music video:

"And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger

Those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters

And you will know my name is the Lord,

when I lay my vengeance upon you."

Watch the full video below: