How miserable I am
I feel like a fruit-picker who arrived here
After the harvest
There's nothing here at all
Nothing at all here that could placate my hunger
The godly people are all gone
There's not one honest soul left alive
Here on the planet
We're all murderers and thieves
Setting traps here for even our brothers

And both of our hands are equally skilled
At doing evil, equally skilled
At bribing the judges, equally skilled
At perverting justice
Both of our hands
Both of our hands

The day of justice comes
And is even now swiftly arriving
Don't trust anyone at all
Not your best friend or even your wife
For the son hates the father
The daughter despises even her mother
Look, your enemies arrive
Right in the room of your very household

And both of their hands are equally skilled
At doing evil, equally skilled
At bribing the judges, equally skilled
At perverting justice
Both of their hands
Both of their hands

No, don't gloat over me
Though I fall, though I fall
I will rise again
Though I sit here in darkness
The Lord, the Lord alone
He will be my light
I will be patient as the Lord
Punishes me for the wrongs I've done
Against Him
After that, He'll take my case
Bringing me to light and the justice
For all I have suffered

And both of His hands
Are equally skilled
At ruining evil, equally skilled
At judging the judges, equally skilled
Administering justice
Both of His hands

Both of His hands
Are equally skilled
At showing me mercy, equally skilled
At loving the loveless, equally skilled
Administering justice
Both of His hands
Both of His hands


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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is directly out of Micah 7, check it out
    johnielsen08on January 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHi!

    Its important to know that this song is paraphrasing Micah, an Old Testament prophet. Under the New Covenant, Christians don't receive punishment from the Lord. Instead, Christ bore that punishment for you. Looking ahead to Christ, Isaiah in ch 53 says

    "But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
    and by his wounds we are healed."

    Trouble in this life is a consequence of the fallen nature of the world. Nevertheless, God graciously brings things that are good for us out of those tough circumstances if we look to see it. On this topic, I urge you to watch Louie Giglio's "Hope" DVD.

    With love,
    Steve
    elbowon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUh... Where's the rest of the song? lol... Here's the rest:
    At perverting justice
    Both of our hands
    Both of our hands

    The day of justice comes
    And is even now swiftly arriving

    Don't trust anyone at all
    Not your best friend or even your wife
    For the son hates the father
    The daughter despises even her mother

    Look! Your enemies are right
    Right in the room of your very household

    And both of their hands are equally skilled
    Are equally skilled

    No, don't gloat over me
    For though I fall, though I fall
    I will rise again
    Though I sit here in the darkness
    The Lord, the Lord alone
    He will be my light
    I will be patient as the Lord punishes me for the wrongs I've done against Him
    After that He'll take my case
    Bringing me to the light and to justice
    For all that I have suffered

    And both of His hands are equally skilled
    Are equally skilled
    Bredderson November 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJon pretty much writes the aches of his heart here. He feels like he is the only one who truly wants God and feels like He's not even there "I feel like a fruitpicker who arrived after the harvest" (not in a bragging sense, but in a prayerful and desperation sense). Throughout the song he sings about the perverted justice in the world, even among brothers and sisters in Christ "The godly people are all gone". In the end of the song, Jon closes with reassurance that God will judge fairly in the end "And both of His hands are equally skilled".
    Bredderson November 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a beautiful song....
    theonethatison December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the title explains it all. that man is equally skilled to do great things and terrible things. we can praise god and just as "equally skilled"ly do horrible things
    brianshinnon December 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I hadn't noticed that, johnielsen08, thanks for bringing it up. After checking it out, yeah, its pretty much straight from the Bible, Micah 7:1-9. Great song!
    glorfindel87on January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line near the end where he says "I will be patient as the Lord punishes me for the wrongs I've done against him", recognizing that we will all sit in the judgement seat to face the wrath of our God we've all wronged. Which by itself is incredibly depressing and terrifying. But then he follows "After that he'll take my case, bringing me to light and justice for all I have suffered". So then God (Or Jesus) becomes our advocate, bringing justice to all the injustice we've suffered in life. Which is so much more uplifting and hopeful! That who should be our judge now become our advocate! And every tear we've cried in life has not been in vain!
    I just love that part. It makes me so hopeful, puts things in perspective a bit.
    kookaburra02on February 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJon Foreman is a GENIUS when it comes to songwriting!!!! This is an AWESOME song!!! My favorite part is the chorus... so nicely said!
    dmedinaon April 22, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthere's ALL the lyrics

    How miserable I am
    I feel like a fruit-picker who arrived here
    After the harvest
    There's nothing here at all
    Nothing at all here that could placate my hunger
    The godly people are all gone
    There's not one honest soul left alive
    Here on the planet
    We're all murderers and thieves
    Setting traps here for even our brothers

    And both of our hands are equally skilled
    At doing evil, equally skilled
    At bribing the judges, equally skilled
    At perverting justice
    Both of our hands
    Both of our hands

    The day of justice comes
    And is even now swiftly arriving
    Don't trust anyone at all
    Not your best friend or even your wife
    For the son hates the father
    The daughter despises even her mother
    Look, your enemies arrive
    Right in the room of your very household

    And both of their hands are equally skilled
    At doing evil, equally skilled
    At bribing the judges, equally skilled
    At perverting justice
    Both of their hands
    Both of their hands

    No, don't gloat over me
    Though I fall, though I fall
    I will rise again
    Though I sit here in darkness
    The Lord, the Lord alone
    He will be my light
    I will be patient as the Lord
    Punishes me for the wrongs I've done
    Against Him
    After that, He'll take my case
    Bringing me to light and the justice
    For all I have suffered

    And both of His hands
    Are equally skilled
    At ruining evil, equally skilled
    At judging the judges, equally skilled
    Administering justice
    Both of His hands

    Both of His hands
    Are equally skilled
    At showing me mercy, equally skilled
    At loving the loveless, equally skilled
    Administering justice
    Both of His hands
    Both of His hands
    Spittermanon December 12, 2007   Link

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