27 He declares to men, “I have sinned; I have perverted what was right; But I was not paid back for it.”
ya-SHOR al a-na-SHEEM va-YO-mer kha-TA-tee v’-ya-SHAR he-e-VAY-tee v’-lo SHA-vah LEE
כז יָשֹׁר עַל־אֲנָשִׁים וַיֹּאמֶר חָטָאתִי וְיָשָׁר הֶעֱוֵיתִי וְלֹא־שָׁוָה לִי׃
33:27 I have sinned
In order for a person to be forgiven and his soul to be redeemed (verse 28), he must repent his sins and return from his evil ways. This is true for individuals, and applies equally on a national level. The Bible tells us that after the Children of Israel have sinned and are scattered among the nations of the world, it is through repentance that they will merit redemption and return to their land: “You will return to Hashem your God, and you and your children will heed His command… then Hashem your God will restore your fortunes and take you back in love… And Hashem your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it” (Deuteronomy 30:2-5). It is through repentance that they will return to the Land of Israel and rebuild the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim, the spiritual center of the world. Only then will we be able to truly bask in God’s glory.