20 Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.(A)

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11 So God said to him, “Because you have requested this and did not ask for long life[a] or riches for yourself,(A) or the death[b] of your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to administer justice,(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 3:11 Lit for many days
  2. 3:11 Lit life

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation
of your throne;(A)
faithful love and truth go before you.(B)

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to keep the poor from getting a fair trial
and to deprive the needy among my people of justice,(A)
so that widows can be their spoil
and they can plunder the fatherless.(B)

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but he will judge the poor righteously(A)
and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.
He will strike the land
with a scepter[a] from his mouth,(B)
and he will kill the wicked(C)
with a command[b] from his lips.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 11:4 Lit the rod
  2. 11:4 Lit with the breath

15 Hate evil and love good;(A)
establish justice at the city gate.(B)
Perhaps the Lord, the God of Armies, will be gracious(C)
to the remnant of Joseph.(D)

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“The Lord of Armies says this: ‘Make fair decisions.(A) Show faithful love and compassion(B) to one another.

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