Justice

“Justice” Scriptures and Principles

All scriptures are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.

Be Truthful and Impartial, Including in Lawsuits

1 “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. 2You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, 3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.  Exodus 23:1-3

6 “You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. 7 Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. Exodus 23:6-7

God is Impartial, is Just, and Executes Justice

17For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:17-18

3For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God!  4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.  A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. Deuteronomy 32:3-4

God Commands Us to Act Justly

19 You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. 20Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 16:19-20

We Suffer from Injustice

We Often Wrongly Perceive Justice and Injustice

6know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me.  7Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice.  8He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths. Job 19:6-8


 

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