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sons Sons of Belial evildoers. The original reference is biblical (from 1 Samuel 2:12), and was reinforced in the 17th century both by a reference in the 1663 Book of Common Prayer to the execution of Charles I, and then by Milton in Paradise Lost (1667)
sons of thunder an epithet of the apostles James and John, the sons of Zebedee, given as the translation of Boanerges.
sons of Uisneach in the Ulster cycle of early Irish literature, Naoise, husband of Deirdre, and his brothers, all killed by Conchobar in punishment for Naoise's elopement with Deirdre, Conchobar's promised wife.