God’s word on justice, mercy, oppression, and freedom
“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;
My chosen one in whom My soul delights.
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.
“He will not cry out or raise His voice,
Nor make His voice heard in the street.
“A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
“He will not be disheartened or crushed
Until He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him.
O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.
“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
“Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, `Here I am.’
If you remove the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
And if you give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
“For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords,
the great, the mighty, and the awesome God
who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow,
and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him,
and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your God,
who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
But the LORD sits enthroned forever;he has established his throne for justice, (ESV)
The Lord works righteousness
And justice for all the oppressed
The LORD love righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of His unfailing love.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens; Your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains; Your justice like the great deep
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
I will sing of lovingkindness and justice,
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted
And justice for the poor.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous;
The LORD protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice
To do righteousness and justice
Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.
Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.
Wash your hands, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to evil. Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow
Zion will be redeemed with justice
And her repentant ones with righteousness.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
“Give counsel; grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon;shelter the outcasts;do not reveal the fugitive;
A throne will even be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.
Thus says the LORD, “Preserve justice and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come and My righteousness to be revealed.
Truth is nowhere to be found and whoever shuns evil becomes prey
The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,
And My reward with My God.”
And you will swear, `As the LORD lives,’
In truth, in justice and in righteousness;
Then the nations will bless themselves in Him,
And in Him they will glory.”
Jeremiah 9 :24.
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
`Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
“Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life.
“I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
Hosea 12:6, 15
Therefore, return to your God,
Observe kindness and justice,
And wait for your God continually.
Hate evil, love good,
And establish justice in the gate!
Perhaps the LORD God of hosts
May be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
“But let justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
The LORD is righteous within her;
He will do no injustice.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He does not fail.
But the unjust knows no shame.
And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’”
Here is my Servant whom I have chosen, the One I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. A battered reed he will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to victory.”
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
5.yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'”
7.now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
8. “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Throughout the Old and New Testament, our call to do justice is clear. “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute,” (Psalm 82:3). “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause,” (Isaiah 1:17).What does Jesus say about justice? ›
Jesus said, “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly” (Luke 18:7-8).What does Proverbs say about justice? ›
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
Jeremiah 22:3. `Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 23:5.What is God's view of justice? ›
Biblical references to the word “justice” mean “to make right.” Justice is, first and foremost, a relational term — people living in right relationship with God, one another, and the natural creation.What is God's standards for justice? ›
Justice is rooted in God's character and creation: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4). “The Lord is righteous, he loves justice” (Psalms 11:7).What is God's heart for justice? ›
Andrew Hill of The Mission Church in Vacaville defined it as “rendering to each what is due them, to be made right by His truth and righteousness, to restore dignity, and and bring things in line with Kingdom rule.” The reality of God's justice now is in light of Jesus' sacrifice.What does justice mean biblically? ›
Again and again, in the Scriptures, we see that justice is defined as caring for, supporting, uplifting, and restoring these vulnerable populations. When the prophets condemned God's people for withholding justice, they were condemning the way they had treated these vulnerable people groups.What does Paul say about justice? ›
In Romans 2:14,15 Paul says that God's law is written on the heart of every human being—all people have an inward sense of morality, justice, love, the 'golden rule' and so on.What does justice mean to God? ›
Woven through the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy), the Psalms, the Old Testament prophets, Jesus' ministry in the Gospels, and the New Testament Epistles is the consistent message that justice is not only about retribution. In its fullness, God's justice is about the flourishing of all people.
God gives his justice/righteousness to us because we are unable to bring justice/righteousness ourselves. God accomplishes this through the cross of Jesus, in which he demonstrates that “he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).What does Matthew say about justice? ›
and Matthew 23:23: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”What does Jesus say about justice in the New Testament? ›
Matthew 5:10: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for justice's sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 6:20: “For I say unto you, that except your justice shall exceed the justice of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”What is the meaning of Isaiah 1 17? ›
Isaiah 1:16–17 Leads Us to Seek Justice
God says stop it, learn to do good, and then he defines that. Seek justice, worship that doesn't lead to doing justice is not true worship. Rescue the oppressed. Worship that doesn't lead to rescuing the oppressed is not true worship. Defend the orphan.
This Verse Praises God For Defending The Weak And Unfortunate. So I just want to lead us to pray. Psalm 82:3–4 and as we pray to see ourselves as needy, crying out to God and at the same time to intercede for the weak and the afflicted and the destitute all around us right now.What are the 3 views about justice? ›
Answer and Explanation: Plato, through Socrates, muses that his three views about justice are as follows: Justice is a balance of reason, spirit, and appetite.What is an example of biblical justice? ›
Our ultimate example of justice is found in the life and person of Jesus, who healed the sick, defended the weak and ultimately paid the price for our sins and freed us from our oppression of sin and death. He turned no one away and showed God's love to all who would draw near.What does Deuteronomy 16 20 mean? ›
Deuteronomy 16:20) We are commanded to pursue justice, but this is not a simple task. It is not always easy to do the right thing. Sometimes justice for some is not popular or appears to cause trouble in the eyes of others.What is the main message of justice in the New Testament? ›
The “justice” for which Jesus calls his followers to thirst in the beatitudes (Matthew 5:6) speaks of life, of reconciliation, the restoration of relationships with God and with one another (same as the “justice” the Old Testament links with peace and steadfast love).What are the four harmonies of God's original justice? ›
God, Self, Others and Creation. Students have been reflecting on the four harmonies of God, Self, Others and Creation and how their actions can support these harmonies.
“Justice” means doing what is morally right based on God's standard. God alone is good and right, and justice is one of His character qualities. God's justice restores things to the way He intended, and this quality comes from His love.What is the meaning of divine justice? ›
Divine Justice may refer to: Divine law. Divine judgment. Attributes of God. A theological concept such as the philosophical divine command theory.What does faith that justice mean? ›
'Faith that does Justice', is based on the principle that the promotion of justice is itself a constituent part of evangelization and therefore must be a major life concern and should constitute a dimension of all apostolic tasks.What is the importance of justice? ›
Whenever individuals are treated unequally on the basis of characteristics that are arbitrary and irrelevant, their fundamental human dignity is violated. Justice, then, is a central part of ethics and should be given due consideration in our moral lives.What are examples of justice? ›
- Values. Values are foundational beliefs held by an individual, group or society. ...
- Ethics & Morals. Ethics and morals are principles of right and wrong that may be adopted by an individual, group or system. ...
- Bias. ...
- Natural Law. ...
- Relativism. ...
- Rule of Law. ...
- Moral Panic. ...
- Virtue Signaling.
Early theories of justice were set out by the Ancient Greek philosophers Plato in his work The Republic, and Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. Advocates of divine command theory have said that justice issues from God. In the 1600s, philosophers such as John Locke said that justice derives from natural law.Who said God will give me justice? ›
Quote by Alexandre Dumas: “God will give me justice”What does Thomas Aquinas say about justice? ›
For Aquinas, justice is principally about our relations to others, and so he thinks that “all the virtues that are directed to another person may by reason of this common aspect be annexed to justice” (ST IIaIIae 80.1).What is the true meaning of justice? ›
: the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action. (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness. the justice of their cause. : the quality of conforming to law.How do I ask God for justice? ›
Prayer for Justice and Peace
We pray Lord that You will right all the wrongs that are taking place in our world and vindicate those that are being treated unjustly.
Micah 6:8 is a verse commonly cited to compel people to act in times of injustice: “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” This is why Westmont chose this verse as the name of our site that references our work of justice, reconciliation and diversity. Our objective?What does Matthew 12 28 say? ›
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. The New International Version translates the passage as: But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.What does Matthew 12/25 say? ›
The New International Version translates the passage as: Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand".What do Christians believe about justice? ›
Christians believe that God is a God of justice. He is the ultimate judge and everyone will be answerable to Him one day for their actions. Here on Earth however, He has delegated the right to judge crimes to the state. When the law sentences a criminal, it is exercising justice on God's behalf.What is the importance of justice in our life? ›
Whenever individuals are treated unequally on the basis of characteristics that are arbitrary and irrelevant, their fundamental human dignity is violated. Justice, then, is a central part of ethics and should be given due consideration in our moral lives.