Righteousness and wickedness reside together cheek by jowl,
even where the cry of evil rises heavenward to howl.
But to sweep away en-ti-re populations in one act
violates the principle of justice and the one of tact.
Merely fifty are enough to save a town of wicked folk.
Even forty-five would be enough to hold destruction off.
Forty, thirty, twenty are just numbers in discussion when
Wicked people find reprieve in righteousness as lived by ten.
Image: God verschijnt aan Abraham, Ferdinand Bol, 1640-1649
Source: Genesis 18:20-32
Text: David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-SA NC 4.0
Tune: Lux Eoi, Public Domain
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