Free Christian poems

39 POEMS OF THE BOOKS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

By Maurice Dyson

Poems about God the Holy Spirit
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Genesis
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Genesis 3:15

As God chose the mode of creation,
He also gave freedom its station;
For only volition
Could bring a condition
In keeping with life expectation.

Our parents defied the instruction
Provided for godly production;
For Adam decided
With whom he had sided,
When Eve was deceived by seduction.

This sinful defiant intrusion
Brought total satanic confusion;
But God was foreknowing
The way they were going
And had a redemptive solution.

The seed of the woman, He stated,
Would conquer the one who is hated;
When sin is defeated
And punishment meted,
The Saviour will be elevated.

So history started its stages,
Oppressed with angelic rampages;
For evil’s dispersal
Became universal,
Which brought on the flood with its wages.

As cosmic disorder descended,
And sinful behaviour extended,
A Gentile believer
Became the receiver
Of promises time has defended.

His children would be a great nation,
Although he was past procreation;
His wife was past bearing,
Yet God the all-caring,
Renewed the productive equation.

The son born uniquely to Sarah,
Gave joy to both father and bearer;
For Sarah’s son Laughter,
Continued the chapter,
That God had declared as the Carer.

The twins born to Isaac directly,
Were brought up in part incorrectly;
When Jacob the younger
Relieved Isaac’s hunger
His brother reacted abjectly.

As Jacob went off from the feuding,
That followed his artful intruding,
He met a relation
While at a sheep station
With romance and marriage concluding.

To make a long story much shorter,
He fathered twelve sons and a daughter;
Then Judah’s election
Became the direction
Of tribal descent, the transporter.

 

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Exodus
…and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…
Exodus 12:13

After Jacob had died
His descendants were tried,
Being subject to many afflictions;
But the Lord was aware
Of their cries of despair,
For He honours His verbal predictions.

From a lone burning bush
In the wilderness hush
Came a voice calling one it was naming;
For the one it addressed
Was profoundly impressed
That the bush was not harmed by its flaming.

The occasion had come
For the people in sum
To be rescued from all their oppressors;
But the Pharaoh demurred,
Not obeying the word,
Which gave rise to the plaguing distresses.

Now the blood of a lamb,
As in Abraham’s ram,
Would protect everyone who was willing;
For if seen on the door
By the angel of war,
He would bypass his mandate for killing.

So a nation was born
On a notable morn,
And was led by a Rock that was higher;
They erected a tent
As instructions were sent,
That depicted their promised Messiah.

Thus the pattern was set
For a time even yet,
That would bring a complete restitution;
For a temple would be
A divine sanctuary,
Offered once for a sin substitution.

 

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Leviticus
For the life of the flesh is in the blood:
and I have given it to you upon the altar
to make an atonement for your souls:
for it is the blood that maketh an
atonement for the soul.

Leviticus 17:11

Leviticus, as we shall see,
Sets out a code of law;
Which in its sheer entirety
Had never been before.

The law involving offerings
True worshippers must bring,
Foreshadowed all the sufferings
That fell upon their King.

The Levites had a special role;
The priesthood was conferred;
With holiness their constant goal,
In hearts the Lord had stirred.

The feast days were to be observed;
Each in its yearly turn;
They signified a time reserved
For which the people yearn.

The tabernacle was the place
Where Majesty appeared;
The mercy seat envisaged grace:
A sacrifice revered.

 

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Numbers
And Moses made a serpent of brass,
and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass,
that if a serpent had bitten any man,
when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Numbers 21:9

The Israelite armies were numbered;
In Christ they would not be encumbered;
At Kadesh Barnea
The mandate was clear;
The promise of God had not slumbered.

The spies who were sent unescorted,
Came back to the camp and reported;
They gave to their senders
A message horrendous;
And so the whole mission was thwarted.

Now discipline could be expected,
Because of the pledge they’d rejected;
The next generation
Showed more dedication,
And went to the fray well protected.

They fought with the strength of a lion,
Defeating the kingdom of Sihon;
The mischief of Balaam
Could only delay them;
He met with the sword he would die on.

So now they were near their objective,
In line with their leader’s directive;
They stood on the borders
Awaiting his orders,
While keeping their goal in perspective.

 

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Deuteronomy
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee
a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren,
like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.

Deuteronomy 18:15

The fifth of the books in this section,
Completes an essential collection;
As quoted by Jesus so timely,
They open the Scriptures sublimely.

The Law had a secondary reading,
For those their commander was leading;
As Moses recited the verses,
It spelled out the blessings and curses.

As God is the source of all living,
We must take the gift He is giving;
The Law is our daily schoolmaster,
Like teaching we get from a pastor.

It points up our faults and omissions;
In plenty or squalid conditions;
Convicting of every shortcoming,
That conscience is constantly drumming.

The Pentateuch as it is stated,
Is never made void or outdated;
From Adam to every descendant,
Salvation is always transcendent.

 

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Joshua
Now therefore fear the LORD,
and serve him in sincerity and in truth:

Joshua 24:14

Joshua, you have a call;
Though your armies may be small,
Victory will be assured,
If you are a faithful steward.

First the Jordan must be crossed;
Not an item will be lost;
Gilgal, let the stones display,
Egypt’s shame has rolled away.

Jericho is in your path;
It will meet Jehovah’s wrath;
Yet a harlot will be spared,
And the friends with whom she shared.

Ai is a simple task;
There’s no need the Lord to ask;
We will only send a few;
Just three thousand men will do.

Then there came a swift reverse;
Achan’s sin brought on a curse;
When the sin had been exposed,
Judgment saw the matter closed.

So it is with all our woes;
We must have redemptive clothes,
There can be no victory,
Till the Lord has made us free.

 

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Judges
We have sinned against thee, both because we have
forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.

Judges 10:10

Over three hundred years
There was testing and tears
That preceded the time of the kingdom;
For the cycles of sin
Brought attendant chagrin
From the Gentiles that constantly ringed them.

The seduction of pride
Was intense every side,
In the form of a god or an idol;
For if not put away,
Without any delay,
It would strangle their faith like a bridle.

God had strictly forewarned,
Ere the kingdom had dawned,
That a test for the people was waiting;
For the pagan deceit,
Would elicit defeat,
By the lie it was interpolating.

When the people cried out
With a sorrowful shout,
God would raise up a judge as a leader;
When hostilities ceased,
So their lives would be eased,
While they stayed with a godly procedure.

Now the lessons we learn
Are of vital concern
For the principle stands well attested;
Disregard for God’s law
Brings disaster and more
If the slide is not quickly arrested.

 

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Ruth
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward
be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under
whose wings thou art come to trust.

Ruth 2:12

Ruth is a book giving readers delight;
Starting with Bethlehem’s famine and plight;
Any misfortunes, however severe,
Open the way for God’s grace to appear.

So with Naomi, a woman bereaved;
Life did not happen as she had conceived;
For she was bitter as providence runs,
Losing her husband and both of her sons.

But she had reckoned without her in-law,
Who stayed beside her in all that she saw;
Ruth left her gods in the Moabite land,
Choosing the Lord with a family stand.

Boaz the kinsman would come to their aid,
Pledging to make the inheritance staid;
So there is pictured a type in the scrolls:
Jesus whose blood was the ransom for souls.

 

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1 Samuel
O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of
thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid,
but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give
him unto the LORD all the days of his life…

1 Samuel 1:11

Hannah is weeping and making a vow;
Knowing the One she addresses;
Asking for something if God would allow,
In her domestic distresses.

So there was started a notable phase,
As her petition was heeded;
Ushering in some prophetical days,
Better than those that preceded.

Both as a judge and a prophet as well,
Samuel would be at the centre;
Speaking for God unto all Israel;
Seen as their counsel and mentor.

Saul was appointed the Israelite king;
Looked on as having good standing;
There was expectancy what he would bring,
As the old men were demanding.

God had permitted this popular choice,
On a historic occasion;
He did not trust any secular voice,
In a profound situation.

Saul had to pass a particular test,
So as to further his calling;
One that would prove his requirement to rest,
When all around him was falling.

He was found lacking concerning the task,
Over the flock he was leading;
There was no benefit that he could ask,
Now that his crown was receding.

For God had chosen a little known man,
Someone He knew had been tested;
David had care of the sheep that he ran,
Anytime they were molested.

He did not quickly accede to the throne,
Though Saul’s command had diminished;
Not yet regarded as being his own,
Until that office had finished.

Thus we can see a transition occurs:
Kingship is inaugurated;
Passing in time to the One God prefers:
Jesus the King venerated.

 

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2 Samuel
And thine house and thy kingdom
shall be established for ever before thee:
thy throne shall be established for ever.

2 Samuel 7:16

We come now to David’s enthronement;
The record of sin and success;
A chapter in blood-bought atonement,
As written in scrolls we possess.

His valour is frequently quoted,
With faith that he duly applied;
As biblical students have noted,
His battles are there as a guide.

Yet sadly he fell to temptation;
The lust of the flesh brought his fall;
A damaging dark situation;
It stands like a shadowy pall.

Though sin has been freely remitted,
The trials and testings remain;
Yet when we are truly acquitted,
Afflictions are reckoned as gain.

 

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1 Kings
If the LORD be God, follow him:
but if Baal, then follow him.

1 Kings 18:21

The legacy left by King David,
Ensured there was promise of rest;
His love for the Saviour was avid,
With writings that rank with the best.

The fame of his son is an adage;
His wisdom is commonly aired;
Yet Solomon gathered much baggage;
Idolatry left him impaired.

His kingdom at last was divided;
The upshot of foolish advice;
His son was inept and misguided;
A monarch distinctly unwise.

When things got decidedly evil,
A prophet appeared in the court;
His manner was candid but civil;
To Ahab his message was short.

There shall be no rain, he insisted,
Thereafter, as only I say;
The drought came along and persisted,
Till Israel mended their way.

This book shows decline as it closes,
For Israel’s kingdom grew weak;
The question such levity poses,
What end will apostasy wreak?

 

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2 Kings
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his fathers had done.

2 Kings 23:37

The narratives hereby presented,
Exhibit the kingdom’s decline;
Disaster is only prevented
When people are brought into line.

The sins of the king were repeated;
The northerly kingdom was first;
Samaria’s pride was defeated;
For God there was hardly a thirst.

Then finally Judah was taken;
Jerusalem fell as was told;
And yet it will not be forsaken;
Its glory is yet to unfold.

 

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1 Chronicles
So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel:
and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

1 Chronicles 21:14

Chronicles as they imply,
Show events in order;
Ages come and ages die,
Each within its border.

First a list has been compiled;
Each by generation;
Every seed of man and child
Born within the nation.

David’s life is chronicled;
Judah’s plight increases;
Sin had got them manacled,
Like their oft diseases.

So it is with everyone;
Left to our resources,
We shall find ourselves undone,
As the Word endorses.

 

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2 Chronicles
And they burnt the house of God,
and brake down the wall of Jerusalem…

2 Chronicles 36:19

Now we meet a sorry tale,
Deeper in dimension;
Sin had gone beyond the pale,
Breaching all convention.

Discipline is imminent;
Dark clouds are impending;
For a people dissident,
Wrath will be descending.

Judgment fell on every side,
As the prophets stated;
Only this could halt the slide,
As was demonstrated.

Exile was the bitter pill;
Punishment decreed them;
Discipline would have its fill
Till Jehovah freed them.


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Ezra
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law
of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel
statutes and judgments.

Ezra 7:10

Ezra the scribe was a leader;
Sin was the nation’s impeder;
This element,
With its dissent,
Needed a prompt interceder.

He taught the law with its clauses;
Pointing to sin and its causes;
Fasting with prayer,
All who would share,
Joined in the worshipful pauses.

Still there was blatant transgression:
Strangers were in their possession;
Breaking the law
Stated before;
Such was a sinful digression.

When they had been separated,
Wrath from the Lord was placated;
God cannot rate
Such an estate:
Marriage must be as He stated.

 

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Nehemiah
For I was the king’s cupbearer.
Nehemiah 1:11

Now the comfort of Jehovah
Is renowned the whole world over,
And we find it in the writings of that name;
In the midst of much affliction
Sin is always a restriction,
Yet the Lord has untold riches we can claim.

In the book of Nehemiah
Was a man with such desire,
When he heard about the remnant that was left;
For Jerusalem was battered,
With its wall completely shattered,
And the people were distressful and bereft.

Nehemiah interceded,
For his fellow men he pleaded,
We have sinned against Thy name in all we’ve done;
We have not kept Thy directives,
In our everyday perspectives,
Let Thy mercy be upon us everyone.

So he got the king’s permission,
After stating his petition,
And he came unto the city of Salem;
Then the walls were reconstructed;
Temple worship was inducted,
For the Lord had great compassion over them.

 

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Esther
And many of the people of the land became Jews;
for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Esther 8:17

Throughout their existence,
Without man’s assistance,
The Jews have received preservation;
While exiled in Persia,
There was no inertia,
When faced with a dire situation.

A plot was encountered,
Which Satan had mounted,
That sought to destroy them completely;
But Esther’s reception
Revealed the deception,
With Haman uncovered discreetly.

Recorded in annals,
Are various channels,
By which they abandoned their altars;
Yet they will continue
With God-given sinew,
Because His decree never falters.

 

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Job
For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.

Job 19:25

The devil had Job in his sights one day,
Asserting that he was a fraud;
If God would take all of his goods away,
He surely would slander the Lord.

The matter was put into Satan’s hand,
To bring everything into light;
Yet Satan was still under God’s command;
He could not kill Job in his plight.

The poor man was stricken with painful sores;
His children were killed as they drank;
Calamity struck with a deadly force;
A devilish deed to be frank.

Some men came to visit their mournful friend,
Presuming his life was amiss;
They argued at length of the morbid end
That comes to offenders like this.

The Lord gave His servant a clear reply
To questions that Job had addressed;
When he saw the grandeur of God Most High,
His blindness he humbly confessed.

The Lord blessed him richly in later years,
With twice what he first had possessed;
His daughters were fairer than all their peers,
Receiving their father’s bequest.

 

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Psalms
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence
cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1, 2

The psalms are collections of godly thought,
Expressed in poetical mode;
As David who wrote of the wars he fought,
With God as his daily abode.

The prophecies show in poetic vein
A preview of riches in store;
The time of a hallowed and righteous reign,
The earth has not witnessed before.

For any occasion or circumstance;
For matters we daily address;
The psalms are not merely set forth by chance,
They speak through the hope they express.

 

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Proverbs
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.
Proverbs 1:7

The proverbs in what they are saying,
Are snapshots we view every day;
The pictures that they are portraying,
Reflect our behaviour or play.

We all need corrective instruction;
The simple are told to be wise;
It comes not by mortal deduction;
We need God to open our eyes.

My son, if thy friends should entice thee,
To go on a rampage of sin,
The outcome will never suffice thee,
For that is where troubles begin.

Beware of the elegant stranger,
With honey that falls from her lips;
For wisdom will keep thee from danger,
And guard thee on hazardous trips.

My son, heed the words of thy Master,
Engrave them in realms of thy heart;
Thy growth will progress even faster;
The habits of sin will depart.

 

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Ecclesiastes
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,
vanity of vanities: all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:2

A book that gives a point of view,
Regarded well by not a few,
In what we say and what we do,
Is classified as vanity.

The records of the human race,
Where legacy has set the pace,
Is something that we can’t efface,
Amounting to insanity.

Now let the Preacher thus conclude,
Though vanities of life intrude,
The Lord must be our daily food,
Supreme among humanity.

 

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Song of Solomon
Set me as a seal upon thine heart…
Song of Solomon 8:6

The Song of Songs or Canticles,
As they are sometimes known,
Contribute to the oracles
An insight of their own.

Now Solomon had set his heart,
On one he loved so dear;
The Shulamite enjoyed the part,
In that enchanted sphere.

Typology is evident
In what this book portrays;
The Lord who was divinely sent,
Has set us in His gaze.

 

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Isaiah
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he
shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath
poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered
with the transgressors; and he bare the sins of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:12

Isaiah has much information,
Concerning the Lord’s visitation;
He goes on expertly,
Implied or overtly,
Extolling the King of his nation.

With prophecy mainly his calling,
He warns that a wrath will be falling;
In language prosaic,
With concepts Mosaic,
He sees the decline as appalling.

A valuable section is written,
Foretelling the One who was smitten;
With healing afforded,
For sinners disordered,
Like those that the serpents had bitten.

The Lamb who received our transgressions;
Enduring intensive oppressions;
Was made sacrificial,
Complete and judicial,
Securing our sacred possessions.

His prosperous days were extended,
As mercy and goodness were blended;
His seed will awaken,
Not ever forsaken,
As those whom the Lord has befriended.

 

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Jeremiah
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced,
turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that
I thought to do unto them.

Jeremiah 18:8

Now the book of Jeremiah
Is a picture of our times,
With behavioural procedures getting worse;
When ungodliness is higher,
And the rate of evil climbs,
It accentuates our nation is perverse.

Now the prophet was persistent
In the warnings that he gave,
But the people were indifferent to hear;
For when sinners are resistant
From the cradle to the grave,
They are storing up a penalty severe.

 

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Lamentations
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not. They are new
every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:21-23

The prophet is sadly dejected;
His warnings on sin were neglected;
The city is almost deserted;
Its judgment could not be averted.

In hindsight he clearly remembers,
The Lord has a coal from the embers;
A remnant has always existed,
Though failures and sin have persisted.

His mercies are new every morning,
As sunlight awakens the dawning;
The Lord is my portion unending,
With praise and thanksgiving ascending.

 

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Ezekiel
Now it came to pass…as I was among the captives
by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened,
and I saw visions of God.

Ezekiel 1:1

A vision of four living creatures,
With varied and humanlike features,
Each having four wings,
And wonderful things,
Appeared where a riverside reaches.

The noise of their wings was astounding,
Like waters profuse and abounding;
Majestic in tone,
As though from a Throne,
With thunder-like noises resounding.

The person who witnessed this wonder,
Of lightning and deafening thunder,
Fell onto the ground
In wonderment bound,
Aware of the charge he was under.

The prophet by signs he related,
Conveyed what the Lord indicated;
They signalled a trend
That time would defend,
For prophecy can’t be negated.

The rest of the story before us,
Concludes in a wonderful chorus;
For then we shall see
In greater degree,
What God has in store waiting for us.

 

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Daniel
…many shall run to and fro,
and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:4

Now Daniel as records tell,
Is one who served his nation;
Yet any purse could not reverse
A royal proclamation.

His daily pleas upon his knees
Were falsified as lawless;
He always prayed and duly stayed
With Him whose name is flawless.

A false report was slyly brought
To argue his denouncement;
The king was bound on legal ground
To honour his pronouncement.

But no decree of high degree
Could thwart divine approval;
The spies were brought before the court
And met a stark removal.

In later years among his peers
He gained a higher station;
His prophecy is what we see
In times of tribulation.

As many go both to and fro,
And knowledge is expanding;
They are the signs along the lines
That Scripture is demanding.

When men are tried and purified
Their garments will be shining;
The undefiled and reconciled
Will never be repining.

 

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Hosea
I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely.

Hosea 14:4

The Lord loves the sinful backslider,
As well as the faithful abider;
He loves every sinner,
Both loser and winner,
For He is our trusted Confider.

Hosea received a directive,
Informal but very effective,
For this illustration,
Would show to the nation
A lesson when viewed in perspective.

The people of God were backsliding;
For gone were the days of abiding,
A call to repentance,
In light of the sentence,
Was heard in the midst of the chiding.

The lessons that can be extended
Are found in the Scriptures appended;
They point us directly,
And always correctly,
To Jesus the Saviour ascended.

 

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Joel
But Judah shall dwell for ever…
Joel 3:20

The day of the Lord is approaching with haste;
The locusts are turning the land into waste;
The trumpets of warfare are sounding the call;
A day of thick darkness is ready to fall.

The terrible day of the Lord is at hand;
The militant forces are coming as planned;
Let earthbound inhabitants tremble with fear;
The arrogant rebels will fall by the spear.

Whoever shall call on the Lord shall be saved,
The slave or the outcast; the sinner depraved;
The same shall be saved as the Scriptures assert,
Not anymore destined for hellfire or hurt.

 

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Amos
…prepare to meet thy God…
Amos 4:12

Like the roaring of a lion,
So a voice was heard from Zion,
For the pastures of the shepherds they shall mourn;
For transgressions of the nations,
For their rank abominations,
So a fire shall fall upon them like the dawn.

In the pastures of Tekoa,
Days of shepherding were o’er,
For the plight of Israel was in the air;
So a herdsman gave a warning,
That an evil day was dawning,
For the burden he was bearing he must share;

While denouncing their condition,
They accused him of sedition,
For his preaching was so vigorous and keen;
For a priest called Amaziah
Viewed his messages with ire,
For he prophesied against the kingly scene.

But the herdsman’s resolution
Did not suffer diminution,
As he answered these pernicious goings on;
I was given my credential,
As a calling providential,
Being neither prophet nor a prophet’s son.

I was herding in the pasture,
When a voice came from the Master,
For the Lord did so command me there to go;
Prophesy unto this nation,
It shall suffer devastation,
For their wickedness has brought them very low.

When the nation has been sifted,
And the dark clouds have been lifted,
God will build again the kingdom as of old;
For His people will be planted,
In the place that He has granted,
For the harvest of the Lord is yet untold.

 

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Obadiah
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion
to judge the mount of Esau;
and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Obadiah 21

The judgment proclaimed against Edom is heard;
A nation where shameful events have occurred;
Their hostile aggression,
Against God’s possession,
Has brought the destruction contained in His word.

The judgment of nations will also ensue;
A wrath that no empire can hope to subdue;
But holy mount Zion,
And God we rely on,
Shall be our abode in a home that is true.

 

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Jonah
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD:
and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

Jonah 2:7

God spoke to Jonah by word of command;
Nineveh’s judgment was due;
But when he heard of that murderous land,
He joined a seafaring crew.

Having embarked on a ship with the mates,
Jonah assumed he was clear;
But they were soon in some desperate straits,
Caught in a tempest severe.

Jonah was thrown overboard by the men,
For he’d confessed to the plight;
He found himself in a submarine pen,
As a great fish made a bite.

While in the fish he cried out to the Lord,
Knowing He only can save;
God heard his cry and his life was restored,
For the confession he gave.

So when the fish spewed him out on the beach,
God gave the summons anew;
Nineveh heard a calamitous speech;
Judgment was long overdue.

But as we know from the following text,
Judgment in fact did not fall;
Utter conviction had rendered them vexed,
Sackcloth was put on by all.

Though they were wicked as men are assessed,
Wrath did not come with a shout;
Just as with men who are demon-possessed,
God drove the wickedness out.

 

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Micah
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among
the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth
unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth
have been from of old, from everlasting.

Micah 5:2

Who then is like unto Yahweh our Lord?
Holy, unique and transcendent;
Bathed in a glory no words can record;
Ever supreme and resplendent.

Yahweh has chosen a people of old,
Formed as a nation and tested;
Guarded and fostered like sheep in a fold;
Kept as a treasure invested.

Jacob is placed as a prominent sign,
Held up before all the nations;
Reaping his harvest and drinking his wine,
Till he forsook his probations.

Since being rescued from bondage and pain,
Out from the Gentile oppression;
He has defected again and again,
Leaving his lawful possession.

Yet on a day that the Lord has decreed,
He will return to the mountain;
Dwelling where only the ransomed can feed,
By a celestial fountain.

 

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Nahum
The burden of Nineveh.
The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nahum 1:1

The vision of the Elkoshite:
The Lord reserves His wrath;
For evil He will yet requite,
And heal the aftermath.

Where is the proud Assyrian?
His kingdom is no more;
The costly trade he meanly ran,
Was filled with blood and gore.

He captured men in their distress,
And flayed them as they lay;
He boasted of his great success,
Inflicted on his prey.

O woe thou city full of lies;
Its victims never leave;
Thy harlotries and sorceries,
Shall cause thy soul to grieve.

Thy strongholds are as ripened fruit;
If shaken they shall fall;
The sword shall cut off thy pursuit,
And smite thee at the wall.

Thy shepherds and thy nobles rest;
Thy host are scattered far;
They do not come at thy behest;
Abandoned as they are.

For all who hear the news of thee,
Shall stand and clap their hands;
Thine evil shall no longer be
The scourge of many lands.

 

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Habakkuk
I will stand upon my watch.
Habakkuk 2:1

How long shall I cry and Thou wilt not hear?
For strife and contention abound;
Perversion of justice has grown severe;
The righteous are hemmed in around.

The answer came forth from a godly source,
Be shocked by the vision you see;
A nation shall come as a mighty force,
An army with strong cavalry.

Yet pride will eventually bring them low;
And drunkenness shall be a snare;
For when they are toasting the gods they know,
Destruction shall come unaware.

The Lord is my strength as the days go by;
My feet shall not slip on the steep;
He makes me to walk on the hills so high,
And keeps a watch over my sleep.

 

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Zephaniah
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy.

Zephaniah 3:17

The word of God went forth again
And came to Zephaniah;
He prophesied of deadly pain,
As damaging as fire.

I will consume both man and beast,
The birds and fish abruptly;
The idols and the pagan priest,
For actions done corruptly.

So shall there be that very day
A wailing from the Quarter;
And those upon the hilltops grey
Shall perish in the slaughter.

For Gaza shall be desolate,
And Ashkelon forsaken;
The Cherethites will meet their fate
When they are overtaken.

O daughter of Jerusalem,
Be glad and shout with laughter;
The Lord shall be your diadem,
In paradise hereafter.

 

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Haggai
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:5

Now consider your ways,
Was the prevalent phrase,
For the harvest was constantly failing;
Both the oil and the wine
Were in steady decline,
With economies meagre and ailing.

So the prophet Haggai
Spoke to those standing by,
Bring the wood for God’s house and start building;
For the outward effect
Of their sinful neglect,
Was not shared in the homes they were gilding.

Then the house of the Lord
Had its structure restored,
For the men had their spirits uplifted;
As did also the priest,
With the great and the least,
For God welcomes the poor and the gifted.

 

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Zechariah
Behold the man whose name is THE BRANCH.
Zechariah 6:12

The Lord is King o’er all the earth,
As prophecies have spoken;
Where fountains play and rivers rise;
Where mountain ranges meet the skies;
Where hope begins and never dies,
In hearts that He has woken.

The Lord is King o’er all the earth,
His name is our possession;
It quenches Satan’s fiery darts;
It strengthens poor and weary hearts,
As life is born and death departs,
Confirming our confession.

The Lord is King o’er all the earth,
The royal choir is waiting;
For lo here comes the chosen bride,
Her Lord and Saviour by her side,
In whom the saints of God abide,
With joy reverberating.

 

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Malachi
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down
of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles;
and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name,
and a pure offering: for my name shall be great
among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 1:11

Our Redeemer shall be great among the nations,
When they offer up acceptable oblations;
From the rising of the sun,
Till the daily work is done,
So His name shall be revered for generations.

Do we not all have a Fatherly Creator?
Is He not the everlasting Legislator?
Yet we’ve scandalised His laws
In our treachery and wars,
While apostasy is ever getting greater.

Now behold a day is coming full of burning,
With the wages every reprobate is earning;
But the precious ones will shine;
As He said they shall be Mine;
For the Lord will spare His own at His returning.

 

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