Sir Sadman

Sir Sadman

Where you have been, Sir Sadman, my son
Where have you been, my darling young one?
I went to the House and trampled the law
I faked the evidence; I won’t get caught

Where you have been, Sir Sadman, my son
Where have you been, my darling young one?
I’m high and mighty, better than most
I rigged the process to meet my great goals

How will it be when the Senate calls you
To tell the truth of the things that you do?
I’m expert at this, I dodge and I lie
Never accountable, for I am too sly

Aren’t you afraid the hammer will fall?
Aren’t you afraid a marshal will call?
I’ve nothing to fear, the Senate is weak
They won’t catch me, the way that I sneak

Sir Sadman, O Sir Sadman, have you become proud?
Forgetting your oath to please the rabid crowd?
Not I, not I, I will never fall
Now move aside, I must spy on them all

~Day Williams

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

1 During Jehoiakim=s reign, Babylon=s

King Nebuchadnezzar attacked the land.

Jehoiakim became his vassal for

Three years, but then he turned against the king,

Rebelling. 2 God sent Babylonian,

Aramean and Moabite and Am-

Monite invaders at him to destroy

Judah, as God had warned he would through prophets.

3 Surely these things occurred to Judah by

The LORD’s command, to take them from his presence

Due to Manasseh’s sins and all he did,

4 And for the blood of innocents he’d shed,

For with the blood of innocents he’d filled

Jerusalem, and God would not forgive him.

5 As for the other incidents within

Jehoiakim’s reign, and all that he did,

Are they not written in the annals book

Of Judah’s kings? 6 Jehoiakim did rest

With his own fathers, and Jehoiachin

His son succeeded him as king. 7 The king

Of Egypt did not march out from his own

Country again, for Babylon’s king had

Taken all his territory, from

Egypt’s Wadi to the Euphrates River.

8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when  

He was made king, and he did reign within

Jerusalem three months. His mother’s was

Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she

Was from Jerusalem. 9 In God’s eyes he

Did evil, as his father had done, 10 then

The officers of Nebuchadnezzar

The king of Babylon advanced upon

Jerusalem and laid siege to it, 11 and

Nebuchadnezzar came himself up to

The city while his officers were besieged it.

12 Jehoiachin the king of Judah, his

Mother, his staff, his nobles and all his

Officials all surrendered to him. In

The king of Babylon’s eighth year of reigning,

He took Jehoiachin as prisoner,

13 And as the LORD had said, Nebuchadnezzar

Removed the treasures from the temple of

The LORD and from the royal palace, and

Cut up gold articles that Solomon

The king of Israel created for

God’s temple; 14 he took all Jerusalem

To exile: all the officers and warriors,

All the skilled workers and the artisans–

A total of ten thousand. Only those

Who were the poorest of the land were left.

15 Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin

Captive to Babylon; 16 he also took

Out of Jerusalem to Babylon

The mother of the king, his wives, his staff,

And the outstanding people of the land.

The king of Babylon deported to

Babylon the whole force of seven thousand

Fighting men, strong and fit for war, and one

Thousand skilled artisans and workers, too,

17 And made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s

Own uncle, king, replacing him, and changed

His name to Zedekiah. 18 Zedekiah

Was twenty‑one years old when he became

The king, and he reigned in Jerusalem

Eleven years. His mother, Hamutal,

Daughter of Jeremiah; was from Libnah.

19 Now in the LORD’s eyes he did evil, as

Jehoiakim had done; 20 It was because

Of the LORD’s anger all this happened to

Jerusalem and Judah, and at last

He thrust them off, and Zedekiah then

Rebelled against the king of Babylon