sell the righteous for silver. A reference to the corrupt judicial system. Judges were willing to convict the innocent upon payment of a bribe.
the needy. The Lord had a special concern that their rights be protected (Ex. 23:6; Jer. 5:28), but they were being sold into slavery even for insignificant debts (here symbolized by a pair of sandals). Indigent slavery in Israel was legal, but was carefully limited by the law of Moses (Ex. 21:2; Deut. 15:12; 1 Pet. 2:18 and notes).