Old Testament


Genesis, 50 chapters, tells the beginning
Of creation, when Adam and Eve, tempted, sin,
Of Cain's murder of Abel, the flood, Noah's ark,
Of Abram, Isaac, Jacob, giv'n God's blessing-mark;
Of Babel's language mixup, Lot's wife, salt-fated,
Of Sodom and Gomorrah, through sin cremated;
Of Abram's test to slay Isaac, promised offspring,
A ram provided in exchange, Christ foretelling;
Of Isaac's bride Rebekah; Esau, from whom runs
Blessing-thief Jacob (Israel) whose jealous sons
Nigh kill dreamer brother Joseph who saves his peers
From famine to Egypt, slaves there 400 years.

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