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Friday, 11 March 2022

Sennacherib 2022: Praying, like many others, for a miracle for Ukraine.

Like so many others, I have been wondering how to pray about the hideous war Putin has unleashed on Ukraine. Speaking with a neighbour, we realised one of the few things we can do is pray earnestly for a miracle.To focus this prayer, I have been moved to liken my request to the defeat of Sennacherib - against all odds, (found at 2 Kings Chapter 19 v 35) I imagine many are hoping for a defeat of the Russians as dramatic as the story in 2 Kings. Many will be aware that Lord Byron turned that story into a poem, so I have followed his model which can be found below my prayer/poem.




 Sennacherib 2022

Praying, like many others, for a miracle for Ukraine.

See 2 Kings 19 v 35 by Trevor Thorn after Byron

 

The Russians came down like a menacing wolf

and their tank columns threatened the brave and the good,

As their vast weaponry looked prepared to destroy

The whole of Ukraine: Putin’s criminal ploy.

 

Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green

great columns of death in March evenings were seen,

Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn has blown

That host, we pray will be withered and strown.

 

May Ukraine’s guardian angels war against Russian steel,

So all those vile weapons will shortly be stilled

By Covid, desertions and lack of supplies

And deaths of their comrades through fake news and lies.

 

Then there will lay tanks, smashed and twisted by fire

With the corpses of soldiers, who had hated this war,

But were forced to attack neighbours longing for peace,

Who were desperately seeking their country’s relief.

 

And there lay invaders distorted and pale

With the dew on their brow, and their guns no avail

And the tanks will be silent, their crews’ names unknown

In a landscape of terror and assailant’s groans.

 

And the widows of Russia will be loud in their wail

For their sons and their partners, sent by the vile

Lying leaders in Moscow, causing folly so vast

They’ll be hunted for war-crimes when this sham war has passed.

 

©Trevor Thorn 1st March 2022

 

 

 

The Destruction of (the army of) Sennacherib: 2 Kings 19 v 35

BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)

 

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,

And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;

And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,

When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

 

Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,

That host with their banners at sunset were seen:

Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,

That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

 

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,

And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;

And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,

And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

 

And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,

But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;

And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,

And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

 

And there lay the rider distorted and pale,

With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:

And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,

The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.

 

And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,

And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;

And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,

Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!


If you want to read more about Sennacherib, you will find the story at 

2 Kings 18 -19 (Old Testament): 2 Chronicles 32 (Old Testament): 

      Isaiah 36 and 37 (Old Testament): Tobit 1.15 (Apocrypha):

      Ecclesiasticus 48.18 (Apocrypha): 2 Maccabees 8.19 and 15.22 (Apocrypha): 

      3 Maccabees 6.5 (Apocrypha): 2 Esdras 7.110 (Apocrypha)

 

A Google translation of Sennacherib 2022 into Russian follows:


Русские спустились, как грозный волк
и их танковые колонны угрожали смелым и добрым,
Поскольку их огромное вооружение выглядело готовым уничтожить
Вся Украина: преступная уловка Путина.

Как листья в лесу, когда лето зелено
большие колонны смерти в мартовские вечера видели,
Как листья в лесу, когда веет осень
Это воинство, мы молимся, будет иссохшим и раздавленным.

Пусть ангелы-хранители Украины воюют против русской стали,
Так что все это мерзкое оружие скоро будет остановлено
Ковид, дезертирство и нехватка припасов
И смерти своих товарищей из-за фейковых новостей и лжи.

Потом будут лежать танки, разбитые и искореженные огнём
С трупами солдат, ненавидевших эту войну,
Но вынуждены были нападать на жаждущих мира соседей
Которые отчаянно искали помощи своей стране.

И там лежали захватчики искаженные и бледные
С росой на лбу и бесполезным оружием
И молчат танки, имена их экипажей неизвестны
В пейзаже ужаса и стонов агрессора.

И вдовы России будут громко рыдать
Для их сыновей и их партнеров, посланных подлыми
Лживые лидеры в Москве, вызывающие такое безрассудство
На них будут охотиться за военные преступления, когда эта фиктивная война закончится

 

 

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