be brought to account

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be brought to account

To be made to take responsibility and/or accept punishment for one's actions. If you committed a crime, you will be brought to account soon enough.
See also: account, brought
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I believe in a God who is a Thou, a covenanting God, a God who can call us to account because He/She can be called to account. This is the God who speaks through Isaiah saying, "I form light and create darkness, make peace and create evil." It is this God of whom a bitter Yiddish proverb says, "If God lived on earth, people would break His windows." At the same time, I am curious about chaos, that chaos upon which the biblical God sets bounds but never eradicates.
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