26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge,(A) return it by sunset,

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18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow,(A) and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.(B)

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Do not take a pair of millstones—not even the upper one—as security for a debt, because that would be taking a person’s livelihood as security.(A)

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10 When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into their house to get what is offered to you as a pledge.(A)

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12 If the neighbor is poor, do not go to sleep with their pledge(A) in your possession.

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17 Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless(A) of justice,(B) or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.

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You demanded security(A) from your relatives for no reason;(B)
    you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.(C)

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And you sent widows(A) away empty-handed(B)
    and broke the strength of the fatherless.(C)

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They drive away the orphan’s donkey
    and take the widow’s ox in pledge.(A)

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21 They prey on the barren and childless woman,
    and to the widow they show no kindness.(A)

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A father to the fatherless,(A) a defender of widows,(B)
    is God in his holy dwelling.(C)

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The Lord watches over the foreigner(A)
    and sustains the fatherless(B) and the widow,(C)
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

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Saying 11

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone(A)
    or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

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17 Learn to do right;(A) seek justice.(B)
    Defend the oppressed.[a](C)
Take up the cause of the fatherless;(D)
    plead the case of the widow.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:17 Or justice. / Correct the oppressor

If you really change(A) your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,(B)

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if you do not oppress(A) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(B) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(C) to your own harm,

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12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(A) every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B)
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(C)
    because of the evil(D) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(E) it.

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This is what the Lord says: Do what is just(A) and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B) the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow,(C) and do not shed innocent blood(D) in this place.

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“Suppose there is a righteous man
    who does what is just and right.
He does not eat at the mountain(A) shrines
    or look to the idols(B) of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife
    or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.(C)
He does not oppress(D) anyone,
    but returns what he took in pledge(E) for a loan.
He does not commit robbery(F)
    but gives his food to the hungry(G)
    and provides clothing for the naked.(H)
He does not lend to them at interest
    or take a profit from them.(I)
He withholds his hand from doing wrong
    and judges fairly(J) between two parties.
He follows my decrees(K)
    and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;(L)
    he will surely live,(M)
declares the Sovereign Lord.

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12 He oppresses the poor(A) and needy.
He commits robbery.
He does not return what he took in pledge.(B)
He looks to the idols.
He does detestable things.(C)

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“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice;(A) show mercy and compassion to one another.(B) 10 Do not oppress the widow(C) or the fatherless, the foreigner(D) or the poor.(E) Do not plot evil against each other.’(F)

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