Absalom & Ahithophel


Absalom was a headstrong, much-loved son of David
He was one of the handsomest men in the land
His comeliness was matched by an ambition so avid
That he overthrew his father in a plot whose end was rapid

Perhaps the seeds of Absalom’s eventual ruin
Were planted by years of parental love and dotage
As Absalom’s crimes multiplied more grace was applied

Absalom had a beautiful sister called Tamar
Who was cruelly raped by her half-brother – Ammon
Absalom never forgave Ammon for harming her
And assassinated him after Ammon heeded his summon
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Job’s Trial


Job was a blessed man who loved the Lord
He had a happy family-seven sons and three daughters
Job had prospered too in animal husbandry
He had about eleven thousand animals in inventory

His children-like offspring of the wealthy had their stealthy parties
Where Job was an uninvited guest to the serial feasts
Though he was not going, he would not commit the sin of not knowing
Daily he made sacrifices for any sin that might have been
Committed by his frolicking kids while they sported

If a finite man who cannot foretell filial transgressions
Should by paternal love make such a provisional propitiation
It should not surprise us that God, knowing our lot
Slew the Lamb of God-a provision for redemption by blood
Before the world began and sin started it’s wicked span
Being infinite He foresaw all and made a propitiation by predestination
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The tale of king Hezekiah is of a man whose utmost desire
Was to please his Maker and never incur His ire
Though he succeeded king Ahaz an idolatrous father
He rid the kingdom of idols lest sin should fester any further

He restored the Passover and feasts of convocation
He made the nation of Judah a holy congregation
At the time of his coronation, the priesthood was no good
It was vile with pagan weeds and defiled by idolatrous habits
As a more righteous intercessor he righted the priestly transgressors

At the start of his reign he rebelled against Assyria
Who had subdued Judah during the reign of his father
His gallantry set Judah free and made her be
The dominant power of the hour-for neighbours brought tribute
And the state that was a slave to sin now become lord of her scene
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