Hate evil and love good, And establish justice in the [court of the city] gate. Perhaps the Lord God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph [that is, those who remain after God’s judgment].
Hate evil and love good; ·be fair in the courts [L establish justice in the gate; v. 10]. Maybe the Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] will ·be kind to [have mercy on; be gracious to] the ·people of Joseph who are left alive [remnant of Joseph; C a reference to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s sons), representing the northern kingdom].
Hate what is evil, and love all that is good; apply His laws justly in the courts at the city gates, And it may be that the Eternal God, the Commander of heavenly armies, will have mercy on those descendants of Joseph who survived.
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