Asking Assurances


Tune: Abridge

('Be thou my guardian and my guide')

Luke 11 v.11-13


If a son (/daughter) shall ask bread of you

A father, what you do?

Will you give him (/her) a stone? No, you

Will give him bread, 'tis true


Or if he ask a fish, will you

Give him a serpent due?*

No, you will give him a fish, he

Then satisfied shall be


Or if he ask an egg, will you

A scorpion then view**

And give it to him? No, you will

Give him what he asks still


If you then, midst evil mankind

Good gifts for children find

And know how to give them, then how

Much more shall God act now


He your heavenly Father be

See, how much more shall He

Give the Holy Spirit to they

Who ask Him in this day


* Verse 2 - a fish and a serpent, eel-like, can look somewhat the same.

** Verse 3 - an egg and a rolled-up scorpion can look somewhat the same.



  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 29th, 2023 03:10
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in format. I have moderated verse 4 a little. I'm not aiming to make the original words mean what I want them to mean. The original is If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children...' I have put 'If you then, midst evil mankind'. So we're still all included in 'mankind' with the description of 'evil'. Of course it does not mean we all go around killing people, nor other obviously evil things.
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • Goldfinch60

    Good one Orchi.

    • orchidee

      Thanks Gold.

    • crypticbard

      Wow, intrigued by the scorpion that looks like an egg roll! That would be something to behold but not to hold or to be or to have.

      • orchidee

        Thanks CB. I read that in a commentary. I was 'evil' as in my author comment above. KP was doing some cooking. She wanted an egg but I gave her a scorpion! I'm horrible to her. lol.
        She got her own back. She cooked me a scorpion roll before it got a chance to sting her. Bleeuurgghh! lol.

      • Bella Shepard

        Another Sunday best dear friend. The fourth stanza, words to live by.!

        • orchidee

          Thanks Bella.

        • Fay Slimm.

          An inspiring read dear Orci

          • orchidee

            Thanks Fay.

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