But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it,
But now murderers. 22 Your silver has become dross,
Your wine mixed with water. 23 Your princes are rebellious,
And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes,
And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless,
Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth
For thus says the Lord of hosts: "He sent Me after glory,
to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you
touches the apple of His eye.
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In loving kindness and mercy;
20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.
Because they have transgressed the laws,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth,
And those who dwell in it are desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,
And few men are left.
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.