Fire Drill

A raging fire consumes everything in its path.
This fire is relentless. What can protect
against such a blaze?

Call the smoke-eaters.
Don the fireproof gear.
Crawl low, below
the choking fumes.
Do the drill; you know it:


The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear.
Terror seizes the godless.
“Who can live with this devouring fire?” they cry.
“Who can survive this all-consuming fire?”
Those who are honest and fair,
who refuse to profit by fraud,
who stay far away from bribes,
who refuse to listen to those who plot murder,
who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—

(Isaiah 33:14-16)


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