16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor(A)
    or let the eyes of the widow(B) grow weary,(C)

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Saying 2

22 Do not exploit the poor(A) because they are poor
    and do not crush the needy in court,(B)

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If you really change(A) your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,(B)

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if you do not oppress(A) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(B) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(C) to your own harm,

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12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(A) every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B)
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(C)
    because of the evil(D) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(E) it.

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This is what the Lord says: Do what is just(A) and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B) the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow,(C) and do not shed innocent blood(D) in this place.

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15 “Does it make you a king
    to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
    He did what was right and just,(A)
    so all went well(B) with him.

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“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice;(A) show mercy and compassion to one another.(B) 10 Do not oppress the widow(C) or the fatherless, the foreigner(D) or the poor.(E) Do not plot evil against each other.’(F)

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and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[a](A) The Lord will punish(B) all those who commit such sins,(C) as we told you and warned you before.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.