Abraham Lincoln’s Common Sense

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
–Abraham Lincoln



1 Here is a list of kings whose lands were on

            The east side of the Jordan River whom

            The Israelites defeated and whose lands

They conquered, from the Arnon river gorge

            Out to Mount Hermon, and including all

            The eastern desert cities: 2 Sihon king

Of Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon. His

            Rule stretched from Aroer upon the rim

            Of Arnon’s river gorge, from halfway in

The gorge on to the Jabbok River, which

            Sets up the border with the Ammonites,

            That is, one-half of Gilead, which lies

North of the Jabbok River. 3 Sihon ruled

            Also above the eastern Arabah

            Out from the Sea of Kinneroth on to

The Sea of Arabah (the Salt Sea), to

            Beth Jeshimoth, then southward to

            The slopes of Pisgah, 4 and the lands of Og

The king of Bashan, from the remnant of

            The Rephaites, who reigned in Ashtaroth

            And Edrei. 5 His territory stretched

Over Mount Hermon, Salecah, and all

            Of Bashan to the boundaries shared with

            The Geshurites and the Maachathites,

Of Heshbon’s border. 6 Moses, servant of

            The LORD God, and the Israelites, destroyed

            These people. Moses, servant of the LORD,

Conferred their land upon the Reubenites,

            The Gadites and Manasseh’s half-tribe. 7 Here’s

            A list of kings destroyed by Joshua and

The army of the Israelites out on

            The Jordan’s western side. (This land which lay

            From Baal-gad within the river land

Of Lebanon on to Mount Halak, which

            Is west of Seir, Joshua gave as an

            Inheritance to the Israeli tribes.

8 The land included the hill country and

            The western foothills and the Arabah,

            The mountain slopes and Judah’s desert and

The Negev, lands of Hittites, Amorites,

            And Canaanites and Perizzites, and lands

            Of Hivites and all Jebusites): 9 The king

Of Jericho; the king of Ai, which is

            Near Bethel; 10 and Jerusalem’s one king;

            The king of Hebron; 11 Jarmuth’s king; the king

Of Lachish; 12 Eglon’s king and Gezer’s king;

            13 The king of Debir; Geder’s king; 14-15 the king

            Of Hormah; Arad’s king and Libnah’s king;

Adullam’s king; 16 Makkedah’s king; the king

            Of Bethel 17 and the king of Tappu-ah;

            The king of Hepher; 18 Aphek’s king; the one

King of Lasharon; 19 Madon’s king; the king

            Of Hazor; 20 Shimron-meron’s king; the king

            Of Acshaph; 21 Taanach’s one king; the one

King of Megiddo; 22 Kedesh’s one king;

            The king of Jokneam, in Carmel, one;

            23 The king of Dor in Naphoth Dor; the king

Of Gilgal’s nations; 24 Tirzah’s king; in sum,

            The kings that they destroyed were thirty-one.