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In original form, I'm a refuge for beasts.

Cut off my head, and I can hold forth a feast.

Remove it again, and my skills I will show.

Do so once more, and to me train drivers go.

And in conclusion, though it seem rather odd-

Tie my first heads to my tail, and I shall be favored of God.

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I think you must be

STABLE.

The title makes sense because

stable can be a synonym for secure.

In original form, I'm a refuge for beasts.

A stable is where beasts might find refuge.

Cut off my head, and I can hold forth a feast.

A table can hold a feast.

Remove it again, and my skills I will show.

One who is able has many skills.

Do so once more, and to me train drivers go.

Apparently this one's an American thing: BLE.

And in conclusion, though it seem rather odd-

Tie my first heads to my tail, and I shall be favored of God.

Perhaps this means blest (an alternative form of blessed).

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  • $\begingroup$ Your answers appeared as I was typing mine. For the 4th item: rot13(oebgureubbq bs ybpbzbgvir ratvarref) $\endgroup$ – MetaZen May 15 '18 at 22:45
  • $\begingroup$ Alternative for the last line (assuming the period is included): ST. works as an abbreviation for someone favored of God. $\endgroup$ – Set Big O May 16 '18 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ @SetBigO True, but what's the "tail" in that case? ST would be just the "first heads" on their own. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 16 '18 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor That's why I mentioned the period. In your first spoilered line, you ended with a period, although I assume that was just because it ended a sentence. However, if taken literally, you could call it the tail, so the answer would be ST., with heads and tail included, a properly terminated abbreviation. $\endgroup$ – Set Big O May 17 '18 at 10:32
  • $\begingroup$ The current answer just throws me off with its lack of A, so I was looking for another take on it. Though I suppose you could just make it this as well $\endgroup$ – Set Big O May 17 '18 at 10:33
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The answer is:

STABLE (stable, table, able, BLE, blest)

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    $\begingroup$ Gah! 9 seconds. I just realised what the answer must be, and while I was pondering whether or not to write an explanation first or ninja-edit it in later, I guess you posted this :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 15 '18 at 22:42

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