William Chaplar

Rookie (August 18,1961 / Trenton, New Jersey)


The biblical stories we all seem to know
just improve with the passage of time.
But what if those stories that we've grown to love
could be told in the form of a rhyme?

Long with Sarah had Abraham tried,
but her womb would not be occupied.
Still, they longed for a babe,
so the Lord promised Abe
Israel would come from his first bride.

Isaac's two sons once had a to-do
that their father was not privy to.
Since Esau was first born,
Jacob viewed him with scorn.
So he bought his birthright with some stew.

There once was a fellow named Gideon
who had trouble with some folks from Midian.
And so, with great scorn,
he blew on a horn
and chased them beyond the meridian.

The Judge known as Samson had brass
but could not allow insults to pass.
We can all recall when
he slew one thousand men
using just the jawbone of an ass.

Goliath was armed toe-to-head,
but young David experienced no dread.
With a slingshot alone,
David fired a stone.
He then watched the big fellow fall dead.

Jezebel was the sort who would send
missives in which she had to pretend
to be who she was not.
But in trouble she got,
and by God's will came to a bad end.

Benaiah was one to be cheered.
To his enemies, he showed no fear.
A real big dude one day
got in Benaiah's way,
so he slew the guy with his own sword.

That guy Nehemiah had gall.
In his mission, he'd not be forestalled.
Against all the odds,
for the glory of God,
he willfully rebuilt that wall.

Through afflictions, the devil once tried
to get God's servant Job to decide
that the Lord was a fraud.
Satan, therefore, was awed
because Job simply would not abide.

To Ninevah was Jonah once sent.
But the Lord learned that he never went.
So because he had failed,
he wound up in a whale.
And soon, on the Lord's will was he bent.

Submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2013


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