ISAIAH 10:1-4 (NRSV) pexels-photo-277615.jpeg

Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees,
who write oppressive statutes,

to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be your spoil,
and that you may make the orphans your prey!

What will you do on the day of punishment,

in the calamity that will come from far away?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth,
so as not to crouch among the prisoners or fall among the slain?
For all this his anger has not turned away; his hand is stretched out still.


ISAIAH 10:1-4 (Julia Seymour Paraphrase) 

Hey, you who make cruel rules out of fear and disdain,
who craft oppressive laws, designed to limit possibility, hope, and future,

to turn aside the ones in need of justice
and to strip the most marginalized of their right,
that the right to sexual oppression may be your spoil,
and that you may make the people of color your prey!

What will you do on the day of punishment, in the storm that will come from far away?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your idols of power and prestige,
so as not to be counted as one whom you have disdained or die amidst ones who will have no pity for you?
For all this, God still fumes, but is willing to lead you to repentance, to turning toward the doing of right; Holy Love reaches out still.

 

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.


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