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1. There where the judges gather, a greater takes the seat;
'How long,' God asks the judges, 'will you pronounce deceit?
How long show special favour to those of ill repute?
How long neglect the orphan, the poor and destitute?
2. Deal justly with the needy; protect the powerless;
deliver the afflicted from those who would oppress,
but you are surely blinded; you do not understand:
therefore foundations totter; injustice rocks the land.'
3. God speaks: 'I named you rulers, to serve the Most High God,
but you shall die as mortals and perish by my rod.'
Arise, O God, in judgement, your sovereignty make known
for yours are all the nations; the peoples are your own.
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