The Word of God provides a way for man to do reparation--to
remove the temporal punishment due for sin--for the personal
or social values lessened or destroyed when man turned to
created things in sin.
Therefore, O king, take my advice;
atone for your sins
by good deeds
, and for
your misdeeds by kindness
to the poor
Proclaim a fast
, call an assembly; Gather the elders,
all who dwell in the land, Into the house of the Lord,
your God, and cry to the Lord!