Better Than Nothing (Alexandrine)

Better
To walk in light
Than in sin’s iron fetter,
Stumbling in the filthy gutter
At night.

Nothings*
Will pass away
As mice and bats’ playthings,
Cast out from all the light of day–
Trembling.

Now tear
Your proud, rich clothes:
Exchange for humble robes
Another’s righteousness to wear–
Atoned.

10-19-2015

*Isaiah uses the term elilim (“nothings”) as a “dismissive mockery” to describe the false gods Judah was drawn to. It’s a pun on the actual word for God or gods, elohim (Alec Motyer, Isaiah by the Day, 22).

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