Posted in August 2019, Choka

Redoubtable Enemy

Knights in battle

Quite fearful, yes,

A formidable opponent,

Sent to cause fear.

Yet God’s Armor protects me,

If I but wear it,

And stand firm resisting this

Foe, who hurls his darts

Of doubt, trying to wound my heart,

Until they meet the shield of faith.

Choka

Poem Inspired by Dictionary.com—Word Of The Day—Redoubtable

Origin

English redoubtable comes from Middle English redoutable “terrible, frightening, worthy of honor, venerable,” ultimately from Old French redotable, redoubtable, a derivative of the verb redouter “to fear, dread.” Redouter is formed from a French use of the prefix re- as an intensive (for instance, in refine), a use that Latin re- does not have, and from Latin dubitāre “to doubt, hesitate, waver” (but not “to fear”). Redoubtable entered English in the first half of the 15th century.