They drive away the orphan's donkey and take the widow's ox in pledge.1
They thrust the needy2 from the path and force all the poor3 of the land into hiding.4
Like wild donkeys5 in the desert, the poor go about their labor6 of foraging food; the wasteland7 provides food for their children.
They gather fodder8 in the fields and glean in the vineyards9 of the wicked.10
Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked; they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.11
They are drenched12 by mountain rains and hug13 the rocks for lack of shelter.14
The fatherless15 child is snatched16 from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized17 for a debt.18
Lacking clothes, they go about naked;19 they carry the sheaves,20 but still go hungry.
They crush olives among the terraces; they tread the winepresses,21 yet suffer thirst.22
The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.23 But God charges no one with wrongdoing.24
"There are those who rebel against the light,25 who do not know its ways or stay in its paths.26
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