There where the judges gather A Greater takes His seat; “How long,” He asks the judges, “Will ye pronounce deceit? How long respect the persons Of them of ill repute? How long neglect the orphaned, The poor and destitute?
“Deal justly with the needy, Protect the fatherless, Deliver the afflicted From those who would distress. But you are wholly blinded, You do not understand; Therefore foundations totter, Injustice rocks the land.”
He speaks, “I named you rulers, Sons of the Most High God, But you shall die as mortals, And perish by My rod.” Arise, Thou God of judgment, Thy sovereignty make known; For Thine shall be the nations, The peoples Thou shalt own.
Where’er His creatures gather, The unseen God is near; Let rulers fear their Ruler, Their Judge let judges fear. How long, ye earthly judges, Will ye pervert the right? How long shall wicked persons Have favor in your sight?
Do justice for the helpless, The orphan’s cause maintain. Defend the poor and needy, Oppressed and wronged for gain. When rulers walk in darkness, When judges truth forsake, The cornerstones are crumbled, The firm foundations shake.
The most high God has called you And set you up on high, But ye to Him must answer, For ye like men must die. Arise, O God eternal, Thou Judge of all the earth, Through all Thy ransomed nations Send now Thy justice forth.