They mock 1 and say evil things; 2 they proudly threaten violence. 3
Deliver me 1 from oppressive men, so that I can keep 2 your precepts.
Surely oppression 1 can turn a wise person into a fool; 2 likewise, 3 a bribe corrupts 4 the heart. 5
You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. 1 You will not experience oppression; 2 indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, 3 for nothing frightening 4 will come near you.
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.
Do not trust in what you can gain by oppression! 1 Do not put false confidence in what you can gain by robbery! 2 If wealth increases, do not become attached to it! 3
For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says: “You have rejected this message; 1 you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick, 2 and rely on that kind of behavior. 3
We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord; we turned back from following our God. We stir up 1 oppression and rebellion; we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 2
All of this is because 1 the Lord who rules over all 2 has said: ‘Cut down the trees around Jerusalem and build up a siege ramp against its walls. 3 This is the city which is to be punished. 4 Nothing but oppression happens in it. 5
But you are always thinking and looking for ways to increase your wealth by dishonest means. Your eyes and your heart are set on killing some innocent person and committing fraud and oppression. 1
As for his father, because he practices extortion, robs his brother, and does what is not good among his people, he will die for his iniquity.
They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; 1 you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, 2 declares the sovereign Lord. 3
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy; they have oppressed the foreigner who lives among them and denied them justice. 1
when it happens that he sins and he is found guilty, 1 then he must return whatever he had stolen, or whatever he had extorted, or the thing that he had held in trust, 2 or the lost thing that he had found,
If you see the extortion 1 of the poor, or the perversion 2 of justice and fairness in the government, 3 do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, 4 and there are higher ones over them! 5