God calls the judges into his courtroom, he puts all the judges in the dock.
"Enough! You've corrupted justice long enough, you've let the wicked get away with murder.
You're here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them."
Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges! They haven't a clue to what's going on. And now everything's falling apart, the world's coming unglued.
"I commissioned you judges, each one of you, deputies of the High God,
But you've betrayed your commission and now you're stripped of your rank, busted."
O God, give them their just deserts! You've got the whole world in your hands!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)