In the conquest of Canaan Caleb, the son of Hezron
Had inherited Hebron through hard-fought warfare.
Then came Caleb to Kirjathsepher and said to his
Soldiers, “He that smiteth Kirjathsepher shall marry
Achsah, the apple of my eye and only daughter
Of my old age.” And Othniel, the son of
Kenaz, Caleb’s brother conquered Kirjathsepher.
He was Caleb’s Kinsman and Achsah’s admirer.
He had proven his prowess & thus procured him
The favor of the fair Achsah & her famous father. He
Had earned a beautiful bride because of his bravery.
But after, Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord
And so came a cruel king Chushanrishathaim,
Monarch of Mesopotamia, and made them serve 8 years
In bitter bondage. They begged the Lord
To forgive their follies & defend them from this
Powerful opponent & the pain he had caused them.
So Othniel went out to war with weapon in hand.
The Holy Ghost of God would give him the victory.
The fighting was fierce as famous men and their
Faithful followers fought with all their might.
Bright blades clashed & broken bodies collapsed
Amid the clank & clamor caused by the killing.
But by and by, the battle’s outcome was clear,
Obvious to all. Othniel had dealt
A decisive defeat to the devilish Canaanites.
Israel praised Providence for preserving their lives &
Freedom, forgiving their faults, and raising up
A daring deliverer to defy their enemies
& a respected ruler to rebuke unrighteousness.
And so, for forty years, he faithfully ruled them
Preserving peace, and preaching righteousness.
-Steven L Anderson, 2011