51. There where the judges gather

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.

Text Information
First Line: There where the judges gather
Title: There where the judges gather
Paraphraser: Henry Zylstra, 1909-1956 (alt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: God: King; God: Justice of; Metrical Psalms (2 more...)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: ST. THEODULPH
Tune Information
Arranger: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: D Major
Source: Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch 1693
Copyright: Public Domain

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