Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Isaiah 36-37

Closing prayer: summary sonnet

King Hezekiah rules for fourteen years,
but then Assyria invades the land!
Jerusalem remains; the army nears.
Rabshakeh comes – Sennacherib’s right hand.

He speaks Hebrew to all the people there
and taunts them, says, “You soon will be undone!
If you make peace with us we will be fair
but if you fight the LORD cannot save one!”

Upon this news the king does mourn and pray.
Meanwhile Sennacherib stirs war in Cush.
Isaiah brings an oracle in days -
Yahweh has pledged Assyria to crush!

The army’s slain – an angel of the LORD.
Sennacherib’s sons kill him with the sword.

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