8 But the [a]mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it. 9 You have sent widows away empty, And the [b]strength of the fatherless was crushed. 10 Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you,
11 When the ear heard, then it blessed me, And when the eye saw, then it approved me; 12 Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper. 13 The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17 Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it 18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father, And from my mother’s womb I guided [a]the widow); 19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without covering; 20 If his [b]heart has not blessed me, And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21 If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the gate; 22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, Let my arm be torn from the socket. 23 For destruction from God is a terror to me, And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.
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