Lord have mercy on my soul – what I’ve done and what I’ve seen
My life has tumbled into that which only you could intervene

from J. Cole – Tears For ODB Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This verse is from the perspective of an average man living in the ghetto rather than J.Cole himself.
He is asking God to have mercy on his soul, because the things he has been exposed to living in his environment, and the sins he has committed ought to have made him hell-bound.
He’s led himself to a point where only divine intervention could ever save him.

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