to turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the Most High,
to condemn a man in his judgment, the Lord has not given commandment.
Who has thus spoken, and it has come to pass? the Lord has not commanded it.
Out of the mouth of the Most High there shall not come forth evil and good.
MEM. Why should a living man complain, a man concerning his sin?
NUN. Our way has been searched out and examined, and we will turn to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts with hand to the lofty One in heaven.
We have sinned, we have transgressed; and thou hast not pardoned.
SAMECH. Thou has visited in wrath, and driven us away: thou has slain, thou has not pitied.
Thou hast veiled thyself with a cloud because of prayer, that I might be blind,
and be cast off. AIN. Thou hast set us in the midst of the nations.
All our enemies have opened their mouth against us.
Fear and wrath are come upon us, suspense and destruction.