listen to what I have done,
and you who are near, realize my strength".
14. (now the author) The sinners in Zion are panic stricken
and fear seizes the Godless
'which of us can survive
the devouring fire,
which of us will survive the everlasting burning?'
15. The one that acts uprightly
and speaks honestly
who scorns to get rich by extortion,
who rejects bribes out of hand,
who refuses to listen to plans involving blood shed
and shuts his eyes
rather than countenance of crime:
16. such a man will live on heights,
the craggy rocks will be his refuge,
he will be fed, he will not want for water.
ExtortionEx*tor"tion\, n. [F. extorsion.]1. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.
I might add to this .....the act of asking for money, so that I (the person asking) do not become suicidal, so that I may not become depressed and buy drugs, or become desperate and commit a crime. This act of extortion is a learned behavior of the self proclaimed poor. It is learned from and supported by or social support system. One reason for this may be for the bureaucrats to appear as heroes and saviors of the poor.