Hear, give ear, O earth! 

 The Lord has spoken:

      "I have nourished and brought up children,
           and they have rebelled 
against Me. 
       The ox knows its owner
           and the donkey its 
master's crib;
        but Israel does not know."  

  Wash yourselves,
        make yourselves clean;
                put away the evil.

  Learn to do good;
        seek justice,
                rebuke the oppressor;

  Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

       "Come now, and let us reason together, 
       
Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow," says the Lord. 

                                        --Isaiah 1:2-3 & 16-18