When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot,
when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High,
when one's case is subverted —does the Lord not see it?
Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?
Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins?
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.
We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, killing without pity;
you have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
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