The Power of Ten

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


Audio:  Used by Permission 

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