to deprive(A) the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,(B)
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless.(C)

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28     and have grown fat(A) and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;(B)
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor.(C)

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“‘See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood.(A) In you they have treated father and mother with contempt;(B) in you they have oppressed the foreigner(C) and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.(D)

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Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
    and distort all that is right;(A)

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Therefore the law(A) is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice(B) is perverted.(C)

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