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The fatherless child is snatched 1 from the breast, 2 the infant of the poor is taken as a pledge. 3
Yes, you would gamble 1 for the fatherless, and auction off 2 your friend.
If I ate my morsel of bread myself, and did not share any of it with orphans 1 –
who justly treats 1 the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.
You must not pervert justice due a resident foreigner or an orphan, or take a widow’s garment as security for a loan.
‘Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
if I have raised my hand 1 to vote against the orphan, when I saw my support in the court, 2
You defend 1 the fatherless and oppressed, 2 so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 3
The Lord protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, 1 but he opposes the wicked. 2
Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! 1 Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow! 2
They have treated father and mother with contempt 1 within you; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow 2 within you.
You have taken notice, 1 for 2 you always see 3 one who inflicts pain and suffering. 4 The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; 5 you deliver 6 the fatherless. 7
Your officials are rebels, 1 they associate with 2 thieves. All of them love bribery, and look for 3 payoffs. 4 They do not take up the cause of the orphan, 5 or defend the rights of the widow. 6
That is how 1 they have grown fat and sleek. 2 There is no limit to the evil things they do. 3 They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. They do not defend the rights of the poor.
Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have lost their fathers, and women who have lost their husbands. 1 Stop killing innocent people 2 in this land. Stop paying allegiance to 3 other gods. That will only bring about your ruin. 4
Assyria cannot save us; we will not ride warhorses. We will never again say, ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made. For only you will show compassion to Orphan Israel!” 1
The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those 1 who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. 2 Do not kill innocent people 3 in this land.