to turn aside the right of a man in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his cause, the Lord does not approve.
Who has commanded and it came to pass, unless the Lord has ordained it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and evil come?
Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!
Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:
"We have transgressed and rebelled, and thou hast not forgiven.
"Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us, slaying without pity;
thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse among the peoples.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)