Chapter And Verse
NB: Chapter and Verse is written in ‘real time’ with each addition composed close to the time of publication. With any long writing project, it is inevitable that earlier entries will be rewritten in the light of later thinking as the completed piece takes shape. Text in the images reflect the earliest version of any particular verse, while the written text to the right contain later revisions.
The Torah - Genesis
The Lord made all things good and in their place,
Then crafted humans to reflect His face.
He grew a garden, placed His humans there,
For them to walk in His abundant care.
But serpent’s lies of right and wrong took root;
God cast them out for taste of tempter’s fruit.
Then Cain, their son, led Abel to his death;
God’s worship started with the son of Seth;
And Enoch walked with God, then went away;
So Adam’s family grew, ‘til Noah’s day.
When God saw human hearts had fallen dark,
And He commanded Noah: ‘Build an Ark’.
The waters rose as rain began to pour,
God kept a righteous remnant to restore.
So when the dove brought signs of things which grew,
All in the ark walked out on Earth made new.
No sooner was the rainbow promise made,
Than human darkness was once more displayed.
Now, Noah’s sons were Japheth, Ham and Shem,
So Earth was filled by nations grown from them,
Their tongues were twisted for their tower plan;
And Abram’s father settled in Haran.
But God called Abram blessed and bade him go,
To settle in the land which He would show.
When Lot and Abram’s wealth became too great,
The time had come for them to separate.
But Sodom, where Lot went, fell to attack,
So Abram marched to bring his nephew back.
For faith, God counted Abram with the right,
And promised him more heirs than stars by night,
When Sarai thought her slave would do as well,
Poor Hagar bore, for Abram, Ishmael.
But Sarah would give Abraham his son,
And circumcision showed it would be done.
Three men arrived to purge the valley’s sin
Unless ten righteous people lived within:
Lot’s family fled, unmarked by Sodom’s fault,
But, looking back, his wife was turned to salt.
When Abraham said “Sarah’s not my wife,”
It almost cost Abimelek his life.
Then Isaac’s birth made Sarah laugh for joy,
But jealously she drove out Hagar’s boy.
With Isaac’s blood, God tested Abraham,
But stayed the knife, and saved him with a lamb.
When Sarah died, Ephron the Hittite gave
The field of Machpelah to be her grave.
They found Rebecca to be Isaac’s bride,
She brought him comfort when his parents died.
She bore him twins, who quarrelled as they grew,
And Esau sold his birthright for some stew.
As Isaac’s wealth increased, he had to strive
To find a well of peace where he could thrive.
Then Jacob fooled his father furrily,
And from his brother’s fury had to flee.
When Jacob slept, he dreamed of heaven’s stairs,
And knew God’s blessing would be with his heirs.
He laboured seven years for Rachel’s hand,
But could not see the swap which Laban planned.
His warring wives bore sons, while in the field
His striped-stick tricks increased his livestock’s yield.
He thought he had to steal away by stealth,
But Laban let him keep his hard-earned wealth.
When fearing that his brother might attack,
Nocturnal battles left him limping back,
When he saw Esau, he fell to the ground,
And wept at the fraternal love he found.
On learning Dinah’s rapist was Shechem,
Her brothers went to town and slaughtered them.
So Jacob moved, and met God at Bethel,
Who blessed him and renamed him ‘Israel’.
But God had not neglected Esau’s rights,
So he was father to the Edomites.
When Joseph’s brothers heard the things he said,They sold him and pretended he was dead.
When Tamar bore the blame for bearing twins,
She showed her shame was born of Judah’s sins.
In Egypt, Joseph fled his master’s wife,
But found himself with thirty-years-to-life.
He told the Pharaoh’s servants of their dreams,
Believing patient faithfulness redeems:
So when the king was troubled in the night,
He saved the nation from its hungry plight.
His brothers hoped to end their hungry hour,
But did not recognise him wreathed in power.
When Joseph heard of how his father kept,
And saw his brother, he withdrew and wept.
But then, returning home, to their chagrin,
They found a stolen cup on Benjamin,
Their grief to think of losing him was shown,
Which Joseph saw, so let himself be known.
The family moved to Egypt, where they would
Grow into, as God said, their nationhood.
And all the while, the famine had not ceased,
But Pharoah’s wealth, by Joseph’s hand, increased.
When Israel’s time on Earth was almost done,
He blessed the head of Joseph’s younger son,
And when he’d blessed the twelve, he breathed his last,
They laid him with the fathers of the past.
Then Joseph’s brother’s fear began to build,
But he said all was done as God had willed.