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 denies justice to a foreign resident, a fatherless child, or a widow.' And all the people will say, 'Amen!'
"You must not exploit a foreign resident or oppress him, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
"You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.
"You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert [justice].
"You must not deny justice to the poor among you in his lawsuit.
You must not oppress a foreign resident; you yourselves know how it feels to be a foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
Here I am. Bring charges against me before the LORD and His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or mistreated? From whose hand have I taken a bribe to overlook something?I will return it to you."
"You haven't wronged us, you haven't mistreated us, and you haven't taken anything from anyone's hand," they responded.
while the land belonged to a powerful man and an influential man lived on it.
You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.
For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.
I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy, and I examined the case of the stranger.
I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.
[A psalm of Asaph.] God has taken His place in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods:
"How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked."
They do not know or understand; they wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
LORD, how long will the wicked-- how long will the wicked gloat?
They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers boast.
LORD, they crush Your people; they afflict Your heritage.
They kill the widow and the foreigner and murder the fatherless.
Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate,
for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
Otherwise, they will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.
If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials [protect] them.
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."
Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?" says the Lord God of Hosts.
The one who lives righteously and speaks rightly, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil--
They have become fat and sleek. They have also excelled in evil matters. They have not taken up cases, such as the case of orphans, so they might prosper, and they have not defended the rights of the needy.
This is what the LORD says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor. Don't exploit or brutalize the alien, the fatherless, or the widow. Don't shed innocent blood in this place.
Father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you.
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and unlawfully exploited the foreign resident.
Those who turn justice into wormwood throw righteousness to the ground.
The One who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns darkness into dawn and darkens day into night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the earth-- Yahweh is His name.
He brings destruction on the strong, and it falls on the stronghold.
They hate the one who convicts [the guilty] at the city gate and despise the one who speaks with integrity.
Therefore, because you trample on the poor and exact a grain tax from him, you will never live in the houses of cut stone you have built; you will never drink the wine from the lush vineyards you have planted.
For I know your crimes are many and your sins innumerable. They oppress the righteous, take a bribe, and deprive the poor of justice at the gates.
Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil [plans] on their beds! At morning light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands.
They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.
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.
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.
"I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny [justice to] the foreigner. They do not fear Me," says the LORD of Hosts.
Some soldiers also questioned him: "What should we do?" He said to them, "Don't take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages."
Yet you dishonored that poor man. Don't the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
"If you ever take your neighbor's cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset.
For it is his only covering; it is the clothing for his body. What will he sleep in? And if he cries out to Me, I will listen because I am compassionate.