Act 5, Scene 5
Macbeth : To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death (-7)
Commentary : Macbeth's profound final soliloquy is rich with biblical imagery. The following are the most significant relevant passages from Scripture: 2 Corinthians : "Behold now, the accepted time: behold now the day of salvation."
Isiah : "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near."
Psalms : "Thou hast brought me into the dust of death."
Job -6: "The light of the wicked shall be quenched...and his candle shall be out out with him."
Job : "We are but of yesterday and are ignorant: for our days upon earth are but a shadow."
Wisdom of Solomon : Our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and come to nought as the mist that is driven away with the beams of the sun. For our time is as a shadow that passeth away and after our end there is no returning."
Wisdom of Solomon : "Passed away like a shadow, and as a post that passeth by."
Psalms : "My days are like a shadow that fadeth, and I am withered like grass."
Macbeth : I pull in resolution, and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
That lies like truth: (-50)
Commentary : In Scripture, Satan is the great equivocator, lying "like truth" to confound the hearts of men. The temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden is one example, and another comes from the New Testament, in John : "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it."