Riddle: This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a
gentleman in Philadelphia that he would pay $1,000.00 to anyone who
could write a puzzle he could not solve. He failed to do so and paid
the lady $1,000.00. The answer is one word, and appears only four times
in the Bible. There are five letters in the word.




Adam, God made out of dust,
but thought it was best to make me first.
So I was made before man
to answer God's most holy plan.
A living being I became
and Adam gave me my name.
I from his presence then withdrew
and more of Adam never knew.

I did my maker's law obey,
not ever went from it astray.
Thousands of miles I go in fear,
but seldom on earth appear.
For purposes wise which God did see,
He put a living soul in me.
A soul from me God did claim
and took from me the soul again.
So, when from me the soul had fled, I
was the same as when made.

And without hands or feet or soul,
I travel on from pole to pole.
I labor hard by day, by night,
to follow man to give him light.
Thousands of people young and old,
will by my death great light behold.
No right or wrong can I conceive,
the Scriptures I cannot believe.
Although my name therein is found.
They are to me an empty sound.

No fear of death doth trouble me,
real happiness I'll never see,
To Heaven I shall never go,
or to Hell below.
Now when these lines you slowly read,
so search your Bible with all speed
for that my name is there,
I do honestly to you declare. WHO AM I???
Answer: WHALE

Animals were made before man. It withdrew from Adam because it lives in the water. This is also why it seldom appears on earth. The whale had a living soul in it when it swallowed Jonah, then lost it when it spat him out. It travels from pole to pole through the water. The flubber of the whale was once used to make oil which fueled lamps. It can't go to Heaven or Hell because it has no soul. That's why it's the whale!
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