22 “You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.(A)

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17 Do not deny justice to a resident alien or fatherless child, and do not take a widow’s garment as security.

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19 ‘The one who denies justice to a resident alien, a fatherless child, or a widow is cursed.’

And all the people will say, ‘Amen!’

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God in his holy dwelling is
a father of the fatherless
and a champion of widows.(A)

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They kill the widow and the resident alien
and murder the fatherless.(A)

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17 Learn to do what is good.
Pursue justice.(A)
Correct the oppressor.[a]
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:17 Or Aid the oppressed

23 Your rulers are rebels,
friends of thieves.(A)
They all love graft
and chase after bribes.(B)
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them.(C)

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This is what the Lord says: Administer justice and righteousness.(A) Rescue the victim of robbery from his oppressor.(B) Don’t exploit or brutalize the resident alien, the fatherless, or the widow.(C) Don’t shed innocent blood in this place.

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Father and mother are treated with contempt,(A) and the resident alien is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you.(B)

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10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the resident alien or the poor,(A) and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.’(B)

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“I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the hired worker, the widow, and the fatherless; and against those who deny justice to the resident alien.(A) They do not fear me,”(B) says the Lord of Armies.

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