What Does Jesus Say About Justice?
Nowadays, when we talk of justice, we are usually talking to either distributive justice or retributive justice, depending on the context. Once our rights are violated, we seek retribution and compensation from those who have done us wrong. Those who have perpetrated crimes against us must face “justice,” and those who have been victimized by their crimes must get “justice,” as well. If we want to live truthfully as Christians, we must seek to grasp what Jesus taught about justice, and we must also analyze our own thinking and knowledge in light of the scriptures.
As a result, we wonder: what does Jesus have to say about justice?
It is the collective obligation of all of us.
An enormous public outcry arose in the aftermath of police actions that resulted in the death of an unarmed black man.
- This appeal for justice is appropriate, because the biblical function of government is to promote good and punish evil, not the other way around (Romans 13:1-5).
- He spoke more about the role of individuals to promote good than he did about the obligation of authorities to promote good.
- Whenever the religious leaders of Jesus’ day inquired as to which of his teachings were the best, he responded by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'” This is the very first and most important commandment.
- He used the parable of the Good Samaritan to show what it meant to love our neighbor: to act on a personal level, even at the expense of one’s own well-being, for the benefit of those around us.
- In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus instructed the disciples on how they should spend their lives in the future.
- With the Beatitudes, Jesus established the tone for the rest of the sermon: attitudes directed toward God, love for others.
- “Blessed are the compassionate, because they will get mercy.” (Isaiah 61:1) (Matthew 5:7).
- Individual justice was held to an exceptionally high standard by Jesus.
- He also advises that we delay delivering our gifts to God until we are in a proper spirit, devoid of anger (Mathew 5:21-26).
Jesus stated that it was not enough for us to love our neighbors, but that we must also love our adversaries: “Love your enemy as yourself.” Rather, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Jesus says in Matthew 5:43-48, “in order that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” In other words, love is action: doing good for people and giving them justice.
- The story of a widowed lady who pleaded with an unfair judge to grant her justice in her case was relayed by Jesus to his followers.
- At long last, he conceded only to get her off his schedule (and prevent her from attacking him).
- Is he going to keep putting them off?
- He demonstrated this himself when he originally refused to even listen to a Canaanite lady who was pleading for the release of her daughter who was being tormented by a demon.
- It was as if she hadn’t heard him relate the story of the persistent widow, since she kept asking questions and saying things like, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table” (Matthew 5:21-28).
- Throughout the gospels, there are several examples of people who came to Jesus seeking justice and expecting to be granted their request.
- Governments do, in fact, have a responsibility to offer this form of justice; nevertheless, because people are fallible, justice is much too frequently delivered in an imperfect manner.
- God the Father wanted it so that we may have justice and be released from the enslavement of sin and death.
As long as we adopt the attitude of the Beatitudes and strive to love our neighbors as ourselves, the individual acts of justice that Jesus described will have a beneficial impact on the calls for justice that resonate across the world.
What Does the Bible Say about Justice?
Yes, out of love and obedience for the God of justice and for the people who serve him. The reason Jesus claimed to be just was that he tried to satisfy God the Father, rather than himself (John 5:30). To pursue justice is to base our conduct and treatment of others on what God has declared to be just and good, and to place God’s interests above our own in our pursuit of justice. Justice on a daily basis When you notice bias in your thoughts or behaviors, address it rather than dismissing or rationalizing it.
- Make the decision to put what is right and fair first, rather than rising in riches and status.
- Embrace negotiations as chances to achieve justice, not only at business but also at home, such as the debate over who will wash the dishes tonight.
- Intentional Justice is a legal term that refers to the practice of enforcing the law consciously.
- Consider if your financial and time commitments are in line with God’s priorities.
- Depending on the circumstances, God may direct one family to adopt, another to provide loving foster or respite care, and still another to stand alongside adoptive and foster families to offer support.
- Defending the Rights of Others The pursuit of justice will include sacrifice, the foregoing of what is pleasant in return for what is just and good.
- It was Jesus who accomplished it.
- A courageous stand may bring enormous glory to God and true justice to the world, but only if it is founded in love for God and for people as well as for themselves.
Carry out your own investigation rather than depending on hearsay to ensure that you are bringing truth into the world rather than contributing to the uncertainty. When God has called you to speak, do not allow fear to keep you silent (Matthew 10:28-39).
Seek Justice by Seeking the Lord
Despite the fact that we live in a world that is filled with injustice, we may look to God with confidence. He is just, and He is aware of every act of tyranny that takes place. After his resurrection, Jesus has pledged to restore justice once and for all. As a means of achieving justice until then, God asks His people to pursue it through treating others fairly, caring for the poor, and standing up against injustice. Photograph courtesy of SparrowStock
6. Jesus and Justice
Ted Grimsrud contributed to this article. In the Christian tradition, the concept of “justice” has frequently been seen as being incompatible with Jesus’ life and teaching. Reinhold Niebuhr, a well-known theologian, notably wrote about Jesus offering our aspirations, the “impossible potential” of loving our neighbors and forgiving seventy times seven, as well as the “impossible possibility” of forgiving seventy times seven. In contrast, when we reach the “real world” of politics, and the inevitable balancing of egos that occurs during the political process, the most we can hope for is a form of “rough justice.” This type of justice does not derive from the teachings of Jesus, but rather from the common sense of power conflicts, compulsion, and the use of appropriate violence and punishment when necessary.
In contrast, by asserting that Jesus’ message and justice are diametrically opposed, he has undercut both our capacity to see justice in more redemptive and restorative terms, as well as our ability to discern in Jesus a political strategy that, in fact, directly addressed the “actual world.” If we read the gospels through the lenses of restorative justice rather than retributive justice, we will realize that Jesus’ message is in fact closely connected to justice, rather than being in a state of conflict with it.
The Healing Strategy of Jesus and God In chapter four, we looked at the Bible’s tale of God’s healing strategy—mission God’s to bring healing to all of creation, which is built on communities of people who feel God’s love and share that love with other human beings—and how that approach is reflected in the story of the Bible.
- These phrases frequently occur in a grouping that is mutually reinforcing in nature.
- Psalm 89:14 (“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your kingdom; steadfast love and fidelity go before you.”), and Psalm 89:14 (“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”).
- He is the key figure.
- As a primary call, he emphasizes the need of loving one’s neighbor, bringing healing to damaged situations, and offering forgiveness and repair in the face of wrongdoing.
- As Jesus himself remarked, he did not come to minister to those who were already healthy, but rather to those who were in need of restoration (Mark 2:17).
- The gospels contribute to the Old Testament tale in a variety of ways; they convey a message of fulfillment and continuity, rather than a message of discontinuity and rupture.
- In order to provide tangible proof of his presence, Jesus provided immediate pardon in lieu of Temple offerings.
Exorcisms were also performed by Jesus to release individuals from their shackles to the forces of evil.
Nevertheless, in a resemblance to what had happened with agents of healing earlier in Israel’s history, Jesus was faced with fierce resistance.
The prophet of healing justice found himself unfairly accused of blaspheming the God of Israel, which he vigorously denied.
The message of Jesus can be summed as follows: God has created what is based on love.
God demonstrates the necessity of turning away from estrangement and toward God’s kindness in a direct and active manner.
God’s justice is seen in this expensive witness, in which God’s people offer healing to a shattered world by their witness.
With his refusal to succumb to these temptations, Jesus makes it plain that genuine justice has nothing to do with punishing wrongdoers, and that true purity is impossible to achieve in the face of sin and wickedness.
Jesus’ acts of justice include not just healing the afflicted, but also addressing those who have been causing the pain in the first instance.
The religious and political leaders do have a certain amount of justice on their side—justice in the sense of the self-interests of those in power and the rules and regulations that are in place to ensure that they maintain their power.
God, via the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, conclusively destroys the claims of the powers-that-be that they are acting on God’s behalf in their punishing policies.
After all, Jesus makes it apparent that the leaders of the rebellious human organizations do not serve God’s justice, and that they are, in fact, working against it.
As they say, both the empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon) and the Israelite nation-state are serving unjust powers, not the just power of God, in their respective territories.
Jesus’ disciples are aware of God’s justice, and they spread it broadly in order to bless all of the families on the planet.
and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that has been commanded” by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
It was Israel’s inability to represent Torah’s concerns for the well-being of all people in Israel that was expressed in Amos’ statements concerning justice.
This reversal entailed the restoration of actual justice, as the community stands for the preservation of life for everyone.
The premise behind Jesus’ declaration was the same as before.
Exists the kingdom of God (the reign of God as described in the Torah of old) and its manifestations As well as those who are weak, marginalized, and mistreated, God has a specific care for their well-being in this kingdom (see also Luke’s interpretation of Jesus’ opening comments in Luke 4).
It is the same “justice” that the Old Testament associates with peace and steadfast love that Jesus calls his followers to thirst for in the beatitudes (Matthew 5:6).
Take note, however, that Luke’s account contrasts those who hear and respond to Jesus’ message with those who do not—and woe to the unrepentant affluent, echoing the sentiments of Amos’ day—and those who do not (Luke 6:24-26).
Throughout history, prophets have taught a narrative of justice in which God enters the brokenness of fallen humanity and provides the opportunity of healing—blessing all of humanity’s families on the planet.
God’s compassion is motivated by the sanctity of God.
In the Old Testament, we can see that God’s holiness may be understood in a variety of ways, and we have proof of this.
Hosea’s prophecy is followed exactly by Jesus, who has now been declared to be God manifested in the flesh.
“Holy” does not refer to God in the sense of being unable to be in the face of sin and evil, but rather to God stepping directly into the reality of sin and evil with a compassionate message.
Jesus heals all kinds of unclean and excluded people, touching their uncleanness with transformative love and transforming their lives.
They come face to face with Jesus’ disciples.
The justice of God (God’s response to wrongdoing) has everything to do with the logic of mercy, not the logic of vengeance, which necessitates the use of violence in order to bring the moral scales back into balance.
This promise is embodied by Jesus.
To be inclusive of everyone, sinner and just person alike, in a reconciled society that heals the wounds that have resulted in oppression and injustice, this will be necessary.
Jesus’ Own Use of the Word “Justice” in His Teachings Because New Testament translators chose to translate the Greek worddikaiosuneand its derivatives as “righteousness” (and “righteousness,” “unrighteous,” “wicked,” and “wickedness”) instead of “justice” (and “justice,” and “unjust,” and “injustice”), these points about Jesus and justice have been obscured in the history of English-speaking Christianity.
I’m not going to get into a philology dispute right now.
Rather than being concerned with the tendency for such concepts to be understood in terms of current-day connotations for words such as “righteous” and “wicked” (and, of course, “justice” and “injustice”), we should be concerned with preventing those meanings from being read back into the biblical text.
- The Septuagint makes extensive use of dik-words to translate Old Testament justice terminology, and as a result, we may legitimately read these terms as “righteousness,” “injustice,” “just,” and so on.
- Joseph, the spouse of Jesus’ mother Mary, is described as a “just” man by Matthew (1:19).
- The Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew, is a long sermon given by Jesus.
- He begins with a statement of the kind of people who will be most at home in this kingdom he is bringing nearer—including those who hunger and thirst for justice (5:6).
- Such people will “be filled.” As a programmatic statement, Jesus here links his message directly with the Old Testament prophets and their reading of Torah—and promises that justice will be done.
- Again, Jesus links his followers and their work for justice and its consequences with the prophets of old (5:12)—and promises God’s vindication.
His debate with the Pharisees concerns what constitutes the key elements of Torah.
His ministry of justice embodies the message of Torah—a message we will later hear summarized as love of God and neighbor.
Jesus will issue a blistering critique of the Pharisees precisely on his view that their application of Torah does not center on love and genuine justice (two closely linked motifs for Jesus and the prophets) (two closely linked motifs for Jesus and the prophets).
God knows we need to eat and have a place to sleep.
Our preoccupation, though, should be with “the kingdom of God and its justice” (6:33).
As we trust in God and share God’s priorities (God’s healing strategy of restorative justice), God will meet all our other needs as well.
Is Torah about “mercy” or about “sacrifice” (12:7, quoting Hosea 6:6)?
He tells of a landowner who hires some workers and promises to pay them a “just” wage for their work (20:4).
In the end, he pays them what he promised.
Jesus suggests here that justice has not to do with strict fairness but also includes a kind of generosity that goes beyond what is expected—without short-changing the original commitments.
Matthew links justice and giving toward those most in need again in a confrontation between Jesus and senior priests.
As the Bible says, “For John came to you in the path of justice, and you did not believe him; but even when you saw it, you did not alter your hearts and believe him.” Tax collectors and prostitutes, on the other hand, did believe him (21:31-32).
Jesus reiterates the Old Testament understanding that the three main parts of Torah are complementary to one another: kindness, justice, and shalom (peace and harmony).
In fact, you have overlooked the weightier aspects of the law such as justice and kindness and faith” because you tithe mint, dill, and cumin (23:23).
He continues this instruction with a description of the huge division that exists between individuals who are considered righteous and those who are considered unjust.
True justice is embodied in such deeds, which reflect the words of Jesus regarding his own calling in Luke 4, which are “liberation for the oppressed, sight for the blind, and good news for the poor.” The third item on Jesus’ account in Matthew 25 of living a just life is paradoxically in opposition to what we read above in chapter two about the practice of retributive justice in our society, which we discussed earlier.
In our society, such “justice” entails locking people up in abhorrent conditions and essentially condemning them to a life of shame and alienation for the rest of their lives.
Genuine justice, on the other hand, according to Jesus, consists in visiting prisoners and extending welcome, hospitality, and healing.
60 Awesome Bible Verses About Justice (2022 God’s Justice)
Our God is a God of justice, and He will never corrupt the course of justice. We are to be disciples of the Lord, and we are never to pass judgment on others unfairly. Everyone will receive what they are due from God. Many false Christians assert that God only loves and never hates, which is a complete fabrication. People are being deceived by Satan in order for them to rebel against God’s Word. Jesus did not come to allow you to continue in your sin. Do we want to stay in sin so that grace might grow more abundantly?
- God is kind, yet He despises evildoers.
- If someone killed your family members and the judge allowed him to walk free, you would be furious and believe that the law does not apply in your situation.
- Neither would He allow evildoers to go free, and if He did, He would be seen to be a liar, as well as being unfair.
- What kind of relationship can a holy God have with wicked people?
- It was God who shed His blood on the cross.
- On the crucifixion, God’s love was lavished upon us.
- Your life has been purchased at a substantial cost.
- He is everything to you, and you would not be able to function without Him.
- Keep in mind that the Bible commands us to repent.
- The voice of the Lord will be heard by His flock.
Christian quotes about justice
In that lone man on the cross, who claimed that he had the power to summon down angels at any time on a rescue mission, but decided not to do so — because of us – love was compressed for all of history. Christ’s death on the cross signified God’s acceptance of his own unbreakable standards of justice.” Philip Yancey is a novelist who lives in New York City. “God, in his boundless mercy, has fashioned a means by which justice can be satisfied and kindness can triumph at the same time,” says the author.
“Delayed justice was just as horrible as injustice,” says the author.
“The Christian message is a call to peace, calling for justice that goes beyond wrath, kindness that goes beyond justice, forgiveness that goes beyond mercy, and love that goes beyond forgiveness,” says the author.
“God is not unfair in any way.
“Those who have never heard the gospel will be judged by their failure to acknowledge the presence of God’s grace and power in nature and in their own conscience.” “Those who have never heard the gospel will be judged by their failure to acknowledge the presence of God’s grace and power in nature and in their own conscience.” John Piper is a writer who lives in the United Kingdom.
- “I am grateful that God is in control of the administration of justice.” A.W.
- ‘It is at the crucifixion that both God’s Law and God’s grace are most gloriously exhibited, and it is at the cross that both God’s justice and His mercy are praised.’ At the cross, though, we are also brought to our knees in humility.
- Jerry Bridges is a well-known author.
- They never get the impression that it is an injustice to equals, but rather that it is treason against friends.” G.K.
“I believe that if God should smite me now, without hope or offer of mercy, to the lowest hell, I should only receive what I justly deserve; and I believe that if I am not punished for my sins, or if there is not some plan found by which my sin can be punished in another, I cannot understand how God can be just at all: how can he be the Judge of all the earth, if he allows offenses to go unpunished?” “I believe that if — The Reverend Charles Spurgeon It is only through the death of Christ that God is able to be “just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus,” as the Bible states.
- If God were to be gracious without also satisfying the demands of justice, He would cease to be a God of justice and, as a result, He would lose His claim to the throne of righteousness.
- Dixon is a fictional character created by author A.C.
- ‘Sin is the daring of God’s justice, the rape of God’s kindness, the jeer of God’s patience, the diminution of God’s might, and the scorn of God’s love,’ says the Bible.
- “The penalty must be proportionate to the offence.
- Those who object to the biblical notion of hell as being excessive demonstrate a lack of understanding of the nature of sin and the consequences of sin.
It would be a miscarriage of justice if offenders were subjected to anything less than the horrors of eternal torment.” Tom Ascol is a writer and a musician who lives in New York City.
What is justice in the Bible?
1. Micah 6:8 (the Bible) What is good and what the LORD requires of you as a mortal man have been made known to you by the LORD: to behave justly, to cherish the LORD’s gracious love, and to walk humbly in the presence of your God. 2. Isaiah 56:1 (King James Version) What the LORD says is as follows: “Be just and fair to everybody.” Do what is right and good, for I am on my way to rescue you and to demonstrate my justice among you very shortly. 3. Proverbs 18:5 (King James Version) It is not acceptable to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent in any circumstance.
- Isaiah 1:17 is a biblical passage.
- Seek restitution.
- Defend the rights of orphans and vulnerable children.
- Amos 5:24 is the seventh verse.
- Isaiah 56:1 (King James Version) ‘This is what the LORD has to say: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, because my salvation is near, and my righteousness will soon be revealed.’
Bible verses about justice and fairness
It is wrong to manipulate the justice system. We must avoid perverting the course of justice. We must follow in the footsteps of God, who is a just judge. Nineteenth verse: “Appoint judges and officials for yourself from each of your tribes in all the towns that the LORD your God is giving you.” They must be objective in their evaluation of the individuals. It is forbidden to distort the course of justice or to demonstrate favoritism. Never take a bribe, for bribes cause the wise to lose their sight and the godly to make bad judgments because they poison their judgment.
- 10) Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not distort justice in legal proceedings by favoring the poor or by showing partiality to the wealthy and powerful.” Always make a fair judgment of other individuals.
- Is God bending the rules of justice?
- Job 34:12 (Job 34:12) God, on the other hand, will not let you down.
- Amos 5:7 (Amos 5:7 (Amos 5:7 (Amos 5:7) Some people transform justice into bitterness, while others demolish righteousness from the foundations of the earth.
God is just verses
God is a lover of justice. He treats everyone with the respect they deserve. 15. Deuteronomy 32:3–4 (Deuteronomy 32:3–4) When I speak, I shall extol the greatness of our God, who is worthy of praise. He is the Rock, and his acts are without flaw. All of the things he does are right and fair. His character is that of a dependable God who does no wrong; how just and upright is he! 16. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 (New International Version) God is just: He will repay those who have caused you grief and provide relief to those who have caused you trouble, as well as to all of us.
- Whoever does not know God and does not obey the message of our Lord Jesus Christ will be punished by him.
- 2 Chronicles 19:7 (the Bible) It is important to have reverence for the LORD and to conduct oneself with honesty, for the LORD our God does not tolerate twisted justice, favoritism, or acceptance of bribes.” 18.
- Psalm 89:13-14 (the 19th Psalm) Your arm is quite powerful!
- Your right hand is raised to the sky in a display of beautiful strength.
- As your attendants, unfailing love and truth will go before you.
- “Because the LORD is righteous, and He delights in justice.
- Psalm 33:5 says, “The LORD is a lover of righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His devoted affection.” 23, based on the Psalm 17:2 verse: “Let my speech come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes observe what is equal.” John 5:30 p.m.
- I make decisions based on what God has told me.
- Romans 3:26 says, “He did it to display his righteousness at the present time, in order to be just and the one who justifies people who have faith in Jesus.” He did it to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
- The LORD frees the captives, 8 the LORD restores sight to the blind, the LORD raises those who are bent down, and the LORD is compassionate toward the righteous.
- ” In the end, he will judge the earth with fairness and the nations with justice.” p.
They will be kept in perpetuity, while the descendants of the wicked will be exterminated.” The Bible says in Psalm 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your kingdom; love and fidelity are the ones who precede you.” 15 “Blessed are those who have learned to praise you, LORD, and who walk in the brightness of your presence,” the Bible says.
In Isaiah 32:16, it says, “The LORD’s justice will dwell in the wilderness, and his righteousness will dwell in the fruitful land.” “a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and a spirit of power to those who withstand the attack at the gate,” says Isaiah 28:6.
Job 37:23 The Bible says in Psalm 97:2 that “clouds and heavy darkness surround him; righteousness and justice serve as the foundation of his kingdom.” 37.1 “He is the Rock, his works are flawless, and all his ways are just,” says Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV).
“He is a trustworthy God who does no wrong, who is straight and just.”
God justly judges the righteous and the wicked.
Anyone who continues to live a wicked lifestyle is not a Christian, and our righteous God will condemn that person to an eternity of fire, misery, and torture in the Lake of Fire. Keep your distance from sins. Repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Exodus 23:7 (Exodus 23:8) Maintain your distance from any false accusations and refrain from putting an innocent or honest person to death because I will not acquit the guilty. Ecclesiastes 3:17 is the 39th verse. “God will condemn virtuous people as well as evil people,” I reasoned to myself, “since there is a certain time for every action and every job that is performed.” 40.
Psalm 5:5 (Psalm 41:5) The ignorant shall not stand in thy presence, for thou despises all those who work wickedness.
Proverbs 31:9 is the 42nd verse. Yes, speak out for the poor and the defenseless, and ensure that they receive proper compensation for their suffering. 43. Exodus 23:3 and do not show preference to a poor person who is involved in a legal proceeding. 46 – Exodus 23:6 “Do not withhold justice from your poor people in their legal proceedings.” Reminders Amos 5:7 (Amos 5:7) There are individuals who convert justice into bitterness and despise righteousness to the point of destroying it. Proverbs 17:23 is the 46th verse.
Proverbs 29:7 (verse 48) The virtuous are concerned about the poor’s right to justice, whereas the wicked are unconcerned about such matters.
“If you witness in a province the persecution of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be surprised by the situation, because the high official is being watched by a higher official, and there are even higher officials over them,” the Prophet says.
Examples of justice in the Bible
1:4 (Habakkuk 1:4) 52. “The rule of law has been rendered ineffective, and there is no justice in the courts.” Due to a large disparity between the number of evil and the number of virtuous, justice has become twisted.” The book of Isaiah 59:8-9 says, “They do not know the way of peace; there is no justice in their footsteps.” Their transformation into twisted paths ensures that no one who goes along them will be able to find serenity.
- 9 As a result, justice is far away from us, and righteousness is remote from us.
- 1 Chronicles 18:14 (the Bible) In this way, David ruled over all of Israel, administering justice and equality to all of his people.
- 16 “God is guiding you away from danger, Job, and towards a location where you will not be distressed.
- 17 You, on the other hand, are consumed with whether or not the godless will be judged.
2 Chronicles 9:8 “Praise be to the LORD your God, who has taken pleasure in you and appointed you as king to govern for the LORD your God.” Because of your God’s love for Israel and his desire to preserve them forever, he has appointed you as king over them, with the responsibility of maintaining justice and righteousness.” 57.
We have sinned terribly, and you have punished us only to the extent that we deserve.” Genesis 18:19 (verse 58) “Because I know him, he will order his children and his family after him, and they will maintain the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; and the Lord will bring upon Abraham that which he has prophesied of him,” says the prophet.
The first half was for himself, since he was sat in a portion of the lawgiver there; and he came with the chiefs of the people, and he carried out the justice of the Lord and his judgements in Israel.” 2 Samuel 15:4 (verse 61) Absolom would continue, “If only I had been selected as a judge in this nation!” All complainants and cases may then come to me for resolution, and I would see to it that they were properly compensated.” Jeremiah 31:23 is the 62nd verse.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “When I bring them back from captivity, they will use this speech throughout the land of Judah and in its towns once more: ‘The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!'” Psalm 7:11 (as a bonus) God is a just and fair judge.
Every day, he is filled with rage towards the wicked.
What the Bible says about justice
There is a lot of discussion about social justice and what is wrong with the world. “Serial” and miniseries like “Making a Murderer” keep us hooked to our screens because we want to see wrongs righted in the world. God places a high value on justice. It is extremely vital that the concepts of what is good and wrong, as well as how to live justly, remain constant throughout the Bible. What does this mean for you and me, specifically? Following Jesus requires us to get to know Him, and part of getting to know Him is getting to know what is vital to Him.
What the Bible Says About Justice
“When justice is done, it brings gladness to the virtuous, but horror to the evildoers,” says the poet (Proverbs 21:15).
2. God loves justice and hates injustice.
The Lord declares: “For I am a righteous judge; I despise thievery and evil.” “I will reward my people for their fidelity, and I will establish an eternal covenant with them” (Isaiah 61:8).
3. Justice comes with God’s blessing.
Blessed are those who behave justly and always do what is right, as the saying goes. Scripture Reference: Psalm 106:3
4. Justice is part of who God is.
“The Lord longs to be generous to you, and as a result, he will rise up to show you compassion,” writes the prophet. Because the Lord is a just and kind God. “Blessed are those who patiently await him!” (See Isaiah 30:18 for more information.)
5. God wants more justice in the world.
Allow justice to flow like a river and righteousness to gush out like a never-failing stream. (See Amos 5:24.)
6. God wants us to practice justice.
“He has demonstrated to you, O mortal, what is right.” And what is it that the Lord expects of you? In order to walk humbly with your God, you must do what is right, love mercy, and act justly. (Micah 6:8; Isaiah 6:8)
7. God wants our just actions more than our sacrifices to Him.
“It is more pleasing to the Lord to do what is right and just than to offer sacrifice” (Proverbs 21:3).
8. Justice is demonstrated through mercy and compassion.
What the Almighty stated was as follows: ‘Administer real justice; exhibit kindness and compassion to one another.’ (7:9) (Zechariah 7:9)
9. God wants us to work for justice—especially for the vulnerable.
“Learn to do what is right, and seek justice.” Defend those who are oppressed. Bring the cause of the fatherless to the fore, and make the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
10. Stand up for what’s right, even when others don’t.
“Do not fall into the trap of doing what everyone else is doing. When giving evidence in a case, do not pervert the course of justice by side with the majority of witnesses” (Exodus 23:2).
11. Upholding justice is an essential part of being a good steward of what God has given us.
The Lord your God has told you to “follow justice and justice alone” so that you may live and possess the land that the Lord your God has given you (Deuteronomy 16:20).
12. God commands His people to uphold justice.
As the Lord has said, “Keep justice and practice righteousness, because my redemption will come quickly, and my righteousness will be revealed.” (See Isaiah 56:1.)
13. Jesus hears our cries for justice and promises to bring it.
“And will God not bring about justice for his chosen ones, who call out to him day and night?” says the author. Is he going to keep putting them off? I promise you that he will see to it that they receive justice as soon as possible. “Will the Son of Man, on the other hand, find trust on the earth when he comes?” (See also Luke 18:7-8)
14. Jesus will establish justice for everyone on earth.
He is my servant, whom I protect; he is my chosen one, in whom I take pleasure; I will place my Spirit on him, and he will deliver justice to all the nations.” He will bring forth justice in all of his faithfulness; he will not fail or be disheartened until he has established justice on the world. “It is in his instruction that the islanders will place their trust” (Isaiah 42:1-4). Walking humbly with God and doing justly, loving kindness, and being merciful is not a simple undertaking, but it is a noble vocation.
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24 Informative Bible Verses about Justice
In the Bible, the subject of justice is brought up on a regular basis. It’s a big subject in the Old Testament, and it’s also at the heart of the gospel message as well. In the Bible, justice is a matter of interpersonal relationships. Although it is important to create good relationships with people, it is equally important to have an unbiased connection with the truth. We’ve compiled a list of 24 Bible texts that will help us comprehend what God is talking about when He speaks about justice.
1. Do not pervert justice (Leviticus 19:15)
Do not corrupt the course of justice; do not show prejudice to the poor or favoritism to the powerful, but rather judge your neighbors honestly. God’s primary interest is for the administration of fair justice. Neither the affluent nor the poor are to be singled out for special treatment; rather, we are to be objective in our assessment. In this sense, human judgment mirrors God’s unprejudiced judgment in the same way as it does.
2. God shows no partiality (Deuteronomy 10:17–18)
Due to the fact that the Lord your God is the most high God and the most lowly lord, the big God who is strong and majestic, who does not show prejudice and does not take bribes, He fights for the rights of the fatherless and the widow, and he cares for the foreigners who live among you by providing them with food and clothes. The Bible contains several references to the care of vulnerable people, such as orphans, widows, and outsiders. In the ancient Near East, families served as the primary unit of stability.
This explains why widows, orphans, and outsiders were so vulnerable and exposed—and why God continues to fight on their behalf on a daily basis.
3. Cursed is anyone who withholds justice (Deuteronomy 27:19)
A curse is placed on anybody who refuses to provide justice to an immigrant, a fatherless child, or a widow. “Amen!” will be echoed by the entire congregation. God was so concerned about the topic of justice that He condemned people who withhold justice from others before they ever had the opportunity to do so. This is a serious warning that Israel will disregard on too many occasions, causing them to suffer the consequences of God’s judgment.
4. Defend the fatherless and oppressed (Psalm 10:17–18)
You, Lord, hear the cries of the oppressed; you encourage them and listen to their cries, protecting the fatherless and the persecuted, so that ordinary mortals will never again strike dread into their hearts. This song of praise informs the worshiper that God hears and responds to the cries of the afflicted, even when it may not appear to be the case at the time. In the next verse, the psalmist claims that God saves the oppressed from the horror of mankind who would otherwise overlook or exploit them.
5. The Lord loves justice (Psalm 33:5)
The Lord is a lover of righteousness and justice, and the land is abounding with evidence of his steadfast affection. We have a tendency to think of “justice” as a form of retribution for transgression. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that justice is about more than simply punishment. It is about ensuring that individuals receive what is owed to them. The Hebrew term for justice is mishpat, which means “righteousness.” The rule specifies that the tabernacle priests were to be maintained by a portion of Israel’s riches, which was to be divided among them.
As a result, we might think of justice as the act of obtaining what is owed to one—both good and terrible. God, according to the psalmist, delights in righteousness, but He also delights in seeing that people receive what they are due.
6. Uphold the cause of the oppressed (Psalm 82:3–4)
Make a stand for the vulnerable and the fatherless; fight for justice for those who are destitute and mistreated. Please save the poor and the needy, and free them from the clutches of the evil one. Psalm 82 paints a vision of God taking judgment on the gods of many countries. As a beginning, Jesus reproaches them for upholding the wrong and displaying bias to the evil (vs. 2). Then He demonstrates to them what distinguishes Him:
- As a result, he defends the weak and fatherless
- He upholds the downtrodden and impoverished
- He saves the helpless and vulnerable.
Clearly, the “gods” of the countries are being assessed based on the behavior of their followers, just as God demonstrates His concern for the poor by the obedience of His people.
7. The Lord secures justices for the poor (Psalm 140:12)
I am confident that the Lord achieves justice for the impoverished and defends the rights of the oppressed. Every time we pray, God assures us that He will maintain justice and will fight for the rights of the oppressed. It is necessary for God’s people to ponder the issue, “How does He accomplish such great things?” Through the sympathetic obedience of His people, He accomplishes this. That is why it was so critical for Israel to act in a just and unbiased manner. God would take care of the poor and the needy because of their work on his behalf.
8. Blessed are those who act justly (Psalm 106:2–3)
Who has the authority to announce the wonderful deeds of the Lord or to completely exalt him? Those who act justly, who always do what is right, are those who are blessed. The psalmist informs us that those who practice righteousness and justice are the ones who will be able to best reveal God’s tremendous actions and shout His praise in the future. Why? As a result of their actions, they demonstrate that God is deserving of our appreciation.
9. It’s not good to be partial to the wicked (Proverbs 18:5)
It is wrong to show favoritism to the wicked and so deny justice to those who are innocent. Throughout the Bible, it is often stated that it is immoral to show preference toward the wicked. The difficulty is that no one believes they are doing anything like that. There are a plethora of reasons why individuals explain their prejudices. Possibly, they convince themselves that the “innocent” wouldn’t be in trouble if they weren’t the ones who committed the crime. It’s possible that they live in a society where cruelty is normalized.
That’s where we find out whether or not we’re being completely honest.
10. Obedience is better than sacrifice (Proverbs 21:3)
The Lord considers it more pleasing to do what is right and just than to offer sacrifice. Another motif that appears regularly in the Bible—particularly among the prophets—is that God does not desire religious offerings from people who are rigid in their beliefs and rebellious in their behavior. The pursuit of righteousness and justice is what actually brings the Lord delight.
11. Justice brings joy to the righteous (Proverbs 21:15)
When justice is served, it provides delight to the upright while causing horror in the hearts of the wicked.
It is consistent with the Hebrew term mishpat to use this proverb. When the oppressed or the destitute receive their just compensation, it seems like they have been liberated. When the wicked receive their just compensation, it appears to be fair.
12. It goes well with those who convict the guilty (Proverbs 24:24–25)
Individuals and countries will curse and scorn anyone who tells a guilty person, “You are innocent.” However, things will go well for those who convict the guilty, and they will get a tremendous blessing as a result. The Bible presents God as a fair and impartial judge on a number of occasions:
- “As stated in Deuteronomy 10:17, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and majestic, who shows no favoritism and accepts no bribes”
- “Now, let the fear of the Lord be upon you.” “Be very careful in making your decisions, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice, partiality, or bribery” (2 Chronicles 19:7)
- “For God does not show favoritism” (Romans 2:11)
- “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism” (Proverbs 31:6)
- “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism” (Pro “(See Colossians 3:25 for more information.)
God does not tolerate partiality in His dealings with individuals, and He does not want to see it in His followers.
13. Learn to do right (Isaiah 1:17)
Learn to do what is right and to seek justice. Defend those who are oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, and argue the widow’s case, if necessary. Isaiah pleads with God on Israel’s behalf, urging them to fulfill their divinely mandated obligations. While it is important for individual Israelites to take these words to heart, they are also addressed to God’s entire people as a whole. For a community to mirror God’s nature, it would have to be a society that was just and caring toward its members.
14. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice (Isaiah 42:1–4)
“Here is my servant, whom I maintain; here is my chosen one, in whom I take pleasure; I will place my Spirit on him, and he will deliver justice to all the nations of the world. He will not scream or cry out, nor will he raise his voice in protest on the streets. An injured reed will not be broken, and a blazing candle will not be extinguished by him. He will bring forth justice in all of his faithfulness; he will not fail or be disheartened until he has established justice on earth. He will be the one in whom the islanders will place their trust.” God’s coming Messiah would be unlike any of the previous rulers to whom the Israelites had become accustomed.
He would not snuff out blazing wicks or circumvent the system of justice.
15. Loose the chains of injustice (Isaiah 58:6–10)
“Aren’t these the kinds of fasting I’ve chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of oppression, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” says the prophet. Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for the poor wanderer—when you see the naked, to clothe them—and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for the poor wanderer? Then your light will break forth like the morning, and your healing will manifest itself immediately; after that, your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will serve as your rearguard.
” The burden of tyranny, the pointing finger, and malicious discourse must be removed, and if you expend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and supply the needs of those who are oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” The prophet Isaiah discusses the subject of false piety, which is a topic that Jesus tackles in the Sermon on the Mount.
People who participate in religious ceremonies but do not sincerely care about the issues that are important to God’s heart are not tricked by God’s grace. When God’s people exhibit His love for others by caring for their well-being, they become a light in the world.
16. I am the Lord who exercises kindness (Jeremiah 9:23–24)
As the Lord declares: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, nor the strong boast of their strength, nor the wealthy boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me; that I am the Lord; that I am the one who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. What are the things that God’s people should be proud of? What is their strength, wealth, or wisdom? No. In their comprehension of the Lord, they should take great pride.
That He takes pleasure in acts of love, fairness, and righteousness.
17. Do what is just and right (Jeremiah 22:3)
This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right in the eyes of the world. Rescue the one who has been stolen from the clutches of the oppressor. It is forbidden to do harm or violence to foreigners, fatherless children, or widows, and it is also forbidden to shed innocent blood in this location. The words of Jeremiah parallel the lesson that Jesus taught in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. We display our affection for others by the actions we take on their behalf. Israel is commanded by the prophet to save others from tyranny.
18. Maintain love and justice (Hosea 12:6)
It is necessary, however, that you return to your God, that you retain love and justice, and that you always wait for your God. The prophet Hosea appealed for Israel to return to their original love, which was the land of Canaan. Their restoration was possible through the mercy of God, and all they had to do was preserve love and justice while waiting on the Lord.
19. Maintain justice in the courts (Amos 5:15)
Hate evil, love good, and uphold the rule of law in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have pity on Joseph’s family and the rest of his descendants. Amos is another of the minor prophets who is concerned with bringing Israel back into a right connection with the Almighty. As was the case with the majority of prophets, their demands for justice were concentrated on justice. In this particular instance, Israel’s judicial system had become corrupt and prejudiced as a result of political pressure.
20. Let justice roll on like a river (Amos 5:21–24)
I dislike and despise even more your religious festivities; your religious meetings are a smell to me. Even if you bring me burned sacrifices and grain offerings, I will not accept them because they are unclean. Despite the fact that you will be bringing excellent fellowship offerings, I shall have no regard for them. Leave the clamor of your tunes behind you! Your harps’ sound will not be heard by this listener. But justice should flow like a river, and righteousness should flow like a never-failing stream.
Religious spectacle, on the other hand, is separated from the things that God is genuinely concerned about, and God refers to it as “a smell in His nostrils.”
21. To act justly and to love mercy (Micah 6:6–8)
What am I supposed to bring before the Lord, and how am I supposed to bend down before the exalted God? Is it appropriate for me to appear before him with burned sacrifices and calves that are a year old? Will the Lord be delighted with ten thousand rivers of olive oil, or with thousands of rams slaughtered? Is it appropriate for me to offer my firstborn as a sacrifice for my sin, or the fruit of my body as a sacrifice for the sin of my soul? He has demonstrated to you, mortal, what is good. And what is it that the Lord expects of you?
Many of us are aware with the verse Micah 6:8, which states, “He has revealed you.” The setup for this verse, on the other hand, is something we are less familiar with.
It is in this context that Micah states the following: “He’s already demonstrated what He expects of you.
22. Administer true justice (Zechariah 7:8–10)
And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah once again, saying: “What the Lord Almighty said was as follows: ‘Administer real justice; offer love and compassion to one another.’ Do not mistreat the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the needy, and do not oppress the foreigner or the poor. ‘Do not conspire to do ill against one another.'” Beginning with the Jews fasting (perhaps in response to Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of God’s temple), the seventh chapter of Zechariah sets the tone for the rest of the book.
23. Do what you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12)
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you in all circumstances, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets in their entirety. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” says Jesus, summarizing the entire rule in a single sentence. This is significantly different from the principle of “don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you,” which is more general. The one helps the disadvantaged, whilst the latter merely does not kick them while they are already on their backs.
A good example of this is seen in Jesus’ Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
Unlike the affluent man, the beggar is welcomed into heaven, whilst the rich man suffers in Hell.
Every day, he just enjoyed his luxury while disregarding the plight of the poor guy who stood at his gate.
24. You neglect justice and the love of God (Luke 11:42)
You Pharisees are cursed because you give God ten percent of your mint, rue, and all other sorts of garden herbs while neglecting justice and God’s love. Ideally, you would have practiced the latter while leaving the former uncompleted.
Despite the fact that the Pharisees went above and beyond in their tithe, they were lacking in compassion and justice. They were obsessed with all of the specifics of the law, but they failed to recognize its overall essence.
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