Podcast E28 - Justice and Injustice

May 1, 2024

Determining Justice

11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

16:11 A just balance and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

17:23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.

18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

20:10 Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

20:14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.

20:23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.

21:15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

22:8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

24:12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

24:23 These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.

28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

28:21 To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.


Defending Justice

16:10 An oracle is on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.

16:12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.

16:14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.

16:15 In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.

20:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.

20:26 A wise king winnows the wicked and drives the wheel over them.

24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

25:3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;

25:5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.

28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

29:4 By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down.

29:12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.


Denying Justice

13:23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

18:5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.

22:16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

22:22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate,

22:23 for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.

22:28 Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.

23:10 Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless,

23:11 for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.

28:3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.

28:15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

29:13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.

29:14 If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.

31:8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.

31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.