Heavens and Earth

(Genesis 1:1)
Heavens and Earth

Heavens and earth
God made to start,
First masterpiece,
First work of art.

~Day Williams



1 Hiram, Tyre’s king, sent messengers to David,

Along with cedar logs and stonemasons

And carpenters to build a palace for him,

2 And David knew the LORD had set him in

His place as king of Israel and that

His kingdom was exalted for the sake

Of his own people Israel. 3 Now in

Jerusalem King David took more wives

And he became the father of more sons

And daughters. 4 These are names of children born

To him there: Shammua and Shobab, Nathan,

Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, El-

Pelet and 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia

               7 And Elishama, Beeliada,

Eliphelet. 8 When Philistines heard David

Had been anointed king of Israel,

They went up in full force to search for him,

But David heard about it and he went

To meet them. 9 Now the Philistines had come

And raided the Rephaim Valley, 10 so

David asked God: “Shall I go and attack

The Philistines? Will you deliver them

Into my hands?” The LORD told him, “Go, I’ll

Deliver them to your hands.” 11 David and

His men thus went to Baal Perazim,

And there defeated them. He said, “As waters

Break out, so God has broken out against

My enemies by my hand.” So that place

Was called Baal Perazim. 12 Philistines

Had left their gods there; David ordered men

To burn the gods in fire. 13 The Philistines

Did once more raid the valley; 14 David asked

God once more; and God answered him, “Don’t go

Directly after them, but circle ’round  

Them and attack them by the poplar trees.

15 As soon as you can hear the marching sounds

In tops of poplar trees, move out to battle,  

For that will mean that God has gone in front

Of you to strike the troops of Philistines,”

16 So David did as God commanded him,  

And they struck down the troops of Philistines,

 From Gibeon to Gezer. 17 David’s fame

Spread through the lands; God made lands fear his name.