The standard by which the benefits and penalties of living in society are distributed. Justice is founded in the being of God, for whom it is a chief attribute. Therefore, God is the sure defender of the poor and the oppressed (Jer 9:23-24; Ps 10:17-18), and the demands of God’s justice extend beyond the nation of Israel (Ps 9:7-9; Dan 4:27). The demand of God for justice is so central that other responses to God are empty or diminished if they exist without it (Amos 5:21-24; Mic 6:6-8; Matt 23:23). Justice is demanded of all the people, but particularly of the political authorities (Jer 21:11-12; Isa 1:10; Isa 1:17). Justice is a deliverance, rectifying the gross social inequities of the disadvantaged (Ps 76:9). It puts an end to the conditions that produce the injustice (Ps 10:18). Such redress will not be to the advantage of everyone in the community. Those of low degree are exalted, but those of high degree are brought down (1Sam 2:7-10; Luke 1:51-53; Luke 6:20-26).

Jer 9:23-24

23Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth;24but ... View more

Ps 10:17-18

17O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so t ... View more

Ps 9:7-9

7But the Lord sits enthroned forever,
he has established his throne for judgment.8He judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with equity.
9Th ... View more

Dan 4:27

27Therefore, O king, may my counsel be acceptable to you: atone for your sins with righteousness, and your iniquities with mercy to the oppressed, so that your ... View more

Amos 5:21-24

21I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will ... View more

Mic 6:6-8

What God Requires
6“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year ... View more

Matt 23:23

23“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy a ... View more

Jer 21:11-12

Message to the House of David
11To the house of the king of Judah say: Hear the word of the Lord,12O house of David! Thus says the Lord:
Execute justice in the ... View more

Isa 1:10

10Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!

Isa 1:17

17learn to do good;
seek justice,
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.

Ps 76:9

9when God rose up to establish judgment,
to save all the oppressed of the earth. Selah

Ps 10:18

18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

1Sam 2:7-10

7The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.8He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit ... View more

Luke 1:51-53

51He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lift ... View more

Luke 6:20-26

Blessings and Woes
20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.21Blessed are you who are hungr ... View more

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