God and America the Exceptional

This is the exultant city that lived securely,
that said in her heart, “I am, and there is no one else.”
What a desolation she has become, a lair for wild beasts!
Everyone who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.

Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!
She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction.
She does not trust in the LORD;
she does not draw near to her God.

Her officials within her are roaring lions;
her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.

Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law.

The LORD within her is righteous;
he does no injustice;
every morning he shows forth his justice;
each dawn he does not fail;
but the unjust knows no shame.

“I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins;
I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks in them;
their cities have been made desolate, without a man,
without an inhabitant.

I said, ‘Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction.
Then your dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.’
But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt.

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