The Terrible of the Terebinth

Like the terrible of the Terebinth,*
Those who go it on their own
Those who turn backward away
Those who forsake the Gardner's hand,
Their leaves will fade
Their branches will wither
They will seek water in vain.
Such self-strong will be as tender
And their works will be as sparks,
For they will burn full to the ground,
With no One there to slake their thirst.

Isaiah 1:27-31

*a very large tree once native to Jeru-
salem which grows in isolation from other
trees, and which strives to send its roots
deep and deeper into the ground during
drought rather than wait on and rely on
the provision of rains

by J Alan R
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