A Reality Check for Abraham {gn20:11}

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Abraham, Abraham,
Judge of Gerar:
Always a tangled web you're weaving,
dependent, as you are, on your deceiving.

Abraham, Abraham,
Judge of Gerar:
You searched Abimelek's soul and found no respect for God—
or so you thought.

You concluded that you were in danger
since nobody in that land, you thought, would ever listen to God.

Were you including yourself in the count?

Abraham, Abraham,
Judge of Gerar:
As between you and Abimelek,
he was revealed as the one with ears open.
Your judgment was wrong.
Yet your judgment was right.

It wasn't so much that your conclusion was wrong,
just the person to whom you applied it.
Perhaps Jesus said to be careful with judging,
because others can be more of a mirror than we think.

Abraham, Abraham,
Judge of Gerar:
In misjudging others,
you judged yourself.

You imagined that no one in Gerar would respect God
                      ...because you didn't.