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The Chorus sings of the power of prophecy and the foolishness of men who try to avoid their fates. It says that, if the prophecy is not actually true, then its religious faith is in danger of dying. The Chorus notes that people are not listening to the gods anymore or worshipping Apollo in the right way.
This stasimon foreshadows the revelation that Oedipus has not avoided his fate, nor has Jocasta. It also shows the audience that, when religious faith is not adhered to and Apollo is not completely trusted, terrible things happen. People are only praying to the god when it serves them and when they need to be saved from their own actions.