Painting by El Greco 1560 A.D.

Stumbled across this poem I had written for Leah Dankertson’s blog, Rough Hewn last advent. Based on Romans 3:9-26

None is righteous, no not one.

No one understands
no one seeks God
All turned aside, worthless they have become
no one does good, not even one.
Their throat is an open grave,
they use their tongues to disobey
the venom of asps upon their lips.
Their mouth curses with bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood
ruin and misery in the paths are done.
The way of peace they have not known;
no fear of God within their bones.


The righteousness of God manifested;
law and prophets bear witness to it.
Through faith in Christ those who believe
with no distinction, deemed free.
Propitiation by His Blood
and rescued from the sinful flood.
Righteousness shown at present time;
justified are those with faith in Thine.

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