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Your post raises a question for me that is in agreement with the singular-plural tension of both Psalms and Lamentations. In each of these books, an individual voice often stands as representative of the corporate reality. (Lam 3 is singular in contrast to Lam 1 and 2. Psalm 42-43 is singular in contrast to Psalm 44. All these chapters are about the same problem - exile.

If it is hard for an individual ‘rich’ to submit to the rule of God, how much harder is it for a nation? What attitude is expressed by me-first as one of many that is not expressed by us-first as a nation among nations? If the right join house to house so that the poor have none, then in a time of financial collapse, is not God speaking to the corporate reality as well as to individual greed.

The plague came upon Israel. Individuals were affected and could escape one by one (or in a corporate ritual) by looking at the emblem of sin. What policy ‘today’ would allow the corporate also to be delivered - even to find the ‘securities’ that it so desperately seeks?

(I was going to type rich, not right, but the keyboard said ‘right’. quod scripsi scripsi). Bill Morrow’s comment that the whole TNK is an extended meditation on goverance seems to me to be more and more accurate. Individual salvation is a contradiction in terms.