Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty.
You must not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and corrupts the words of the righteous.
Do not deny justice or show partiality [to anyone]. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
'Cursed is the one who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.' And all the people will say, 'Amen!'
Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love graft and chase after bribes. They do not defend the rights of the fatherless, and the widow's case never comes before them."
Godly people have vanished from the land; there is no one upright among the people. All of them wait in ambush to shed blood; they hunt each other with a net.
Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: the official and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, they plot it together.
The princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for the morning.
Her prophets are reckless-- treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.
He doesn't lend at interest or for profit but keeps his hand from wrongdoing and carries out true justice between men.
and lends at interest or for profit, will he live? He will not live! Since he has committed all these abominations, he will certainly die. His blood will be on him.
"If you lend money to My people-- to the poor person among you, you must not be like a moneylender to him; you must not charge him interest.
"If you ever take your neighbor's cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset.
"If your brother becomes destitute and cannot sustain himself among you, you are to support him as a foreigner or temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you.
Do not profit or take interest from him, but fear your God and let your brother live among you.
"Do not charge your brother interest on money, food, or anything that can earn interest.
There was a widespread outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish countrymen.
After seriously considering the matter, I accused the nobles and officials, saying to them, "Each of you is charging his countrymen interest." So I called a large assembly against them
who does not lend his money at interest or take a bribe against the innocent-- the one who does these things will never be moved.
Such are the paths of all who pursue gain dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who profit from it.
These dogs have fierce appetites; they never have enough. And they are shepherds who have no discernment; all of them turn to their own way, every last one for his own gain.
[["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.]]
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence!
He told them, "Don't collect any more than what you have been authorized."
The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: 'God, I thank You that I'm not like other people-- greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, I'll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord! And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I'll pay back four times as much!"
But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom.
not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy--
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
Come now, you rich people! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you.
Your wealth is ruined: your clothes are moth-eaten;
your silver and gold are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You stored up treasure in the last days!
Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who reaped your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.
Woe to them! For they have traveled in the way of Cain, have abandoned themselves to the error of Balaam for profit, and have perished in Korah's rebellion.
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: "Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your indecency and promiscuity."
You ignored the Rock who gave you birth; you forgot the God who brought you forth.
They forgot God their Savior, who did great things in Egypt,
Can a young woman forget her jewelry or a bride her wedding sash? Yet My people have forgotten Me for countless days.
A sound is heard on the barren heights, the children of Israel weeping and begging for mercy, for they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the LORD their God.