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"Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.
"Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,
and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.
Exodus 23:1-3
"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.
Exodus 23:6-8
" 'Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. " 'Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.
" 'Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.
" 'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Leviticus 19:13-15
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you. Worshiping Other Gods
Deuteronomy 16:18-20
When men have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty.
If the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make him lie down and have him flogged in his presence with the number of lashes his crime deserves,
but he must not give him more than forty lashes. If he is flogged more than that, your brother will be degraded in your eyes.
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.
Deuteronomy 25:1-4
Whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the king must surely be punished by death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.
Ezra 7:26
Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.
He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
Psalms 72:1-2
"How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalms 82:2-4
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent, the LORD detests them both.
Proverbs 17:15
It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
Proverbs 17:26
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
Proverbs 18:5
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Proverbs 18:17
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
Proverbs 20:8
if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
Proverbs 22:27
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
Proverbs 24:23
To show partiality is not good, yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
Proverbs 28:21
Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.
Proverbs 29:26
And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment,wickedness was there, in the place of justice,wickedness was there.
I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."
Ecclesiastes 3:16-17
If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
Ecclesiastes 5:8
Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:7
learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
Isaiah 1:17
This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Isaiah 56:1
So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
Isaiah 59:14-15
This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there:
'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne,you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.
Jeremiah 22:1-4
to deny a man his rights before the Most High,
to deprive a man of justice, would not the Lord see such things?
Lamentations 3:35-36
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, O princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Ezekiel 45:9
You who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground
Amos 5:7
You trample on the poor and force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Amos 5:11-12
Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire, they all conspire together.
Micah 7:3
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. The Lord 's Answer
Habakkuk 1:4
These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;
Zechariah 8:16
"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24
If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
Matthew 12:7
"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
Luke 11:42
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."Is Jesus the Christ?
John 7:24
"Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
John 7:51
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:6
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