I have never refused to help the poor; 1 never have I let widows live in despair
or let orphans go hungry while I ate.
All my life I have taken care of them.
When I found someone in need, too poor to buy clothes,
I would give him clothing made of wool that had come from my own flock of sheep. Then he would praise me with all his heart.
If I have ever cheated an orphan, knowing I could win in court,
then may my arms be broken; may they be torn from my shoulders.
Because I fear God's punishment, I could never do such a thing.
I have never trusted in riches 2
or taken pride in my wealth.
I have never worshiped the sun in its brightness or the moon in all its beauty.