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You shall not pervert justice for the needy among you in a lawsuit.

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Rights of the Unprotected. 17 (A)You shall not deprive the resident alien or the orphan of justice, nor take the clothing of a widow as pledge.

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Deliver the oppressed from their oppressors;(A)
    right judgment should not be repugnant to you.
10 Be like a father to orphans,
    and take the place of a husband to widows.
Then God will call you his child,
    and he will be merciful to you and deliver you from the pit.

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Thus says the Lord: Do what is right and just. Rescue the victims from the hand of their oppressors. Do not wrong or oppress the resident alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.(A)

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Within you, father and mother are dishonored; they extort the resident alien in your midst; within you, they oppress orphans and widows.(A)

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14 Seek good and not evil,
    that you may live;
Then truly the Lord, the God of hosts,
    will be with you as you claim.
15 Hate evil and love good,
    and let justice prevail at the gate;
Then it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
    will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.(A)

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Thus says the Lord of hosts: Judge with true justice, and show kindness and compassion toward each other.(A) 10 Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the resident alien or the poor;[a] do not plot evil against one another in your hearts.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 7:10 Widow…orphan…resident alien…poor: four categories of socially and economically marginalized persons. Concern for their well-being is commanded in both pentateuchal and prophetic literature.

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