The abused and their advocates cry to the Lord (Habakkuk 1:2-4) —
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
The Lord’s rebuke to the abusers and those who enable them (Jeremiah 7:5-10, with examples added by me) —
For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless [children with abusive fathers who exploit and neglect them], or the widow [the woman lacking a real husband and oppressed by an anti-husband], or shed innocent blood…
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