Let’s Break a Deal

“Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.'” (1 Samuel 2:30)

.   .   .

I know I made a promise—
And I’m not the cheatin’ kind—
But the scope of your transgression
Has made me change my mind.

As God I’ve gone on record—
And you know I cannot lie—
But in such a situation
My word does not apply.

At first I really meant it,
No if’s or and’s or but’s;
At first I kind of liked you,
But now I hate your guts.

And though I see the future,
I guess this one I missed.
Your sons’ misdeeds surprised me.
I guess that’s why I’m pissed.

But you, my boy, are guilty
Of priestly laissez faire.
I’ll snap your neck like pretzels
When you fall off your chair.

Yes, a promise is a promise;
I make them all the time.
My will is everlasting,
But I can turn it on a dime.

For you, my boy, it’s curtains;
You’ll soon be cold and stiff,
And all because you tripped on
The crucial, implied “IF.”

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