They mock 1 and say evil things; 2 they proudly threaten violence. 3
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.
The one who oppresses 1 the poor insults 2 his Creator, but whoever shows favor 3 to the needy honors him.
The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain and the one who gives to the rich 1 – both end up only in poverty.
The sons of his brother Eshek: Ulam was his firstborn, Jeush second, and Eliphelet third.
The one who is tormented 1 by the murder 2 of another will flee to the pit; 3 let no one support him.
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
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 a person sins and commits a trespass 1 against the Lord by deceiving his fellow citizen 2 in regard to something held in trust, or a pledge, or something stolen, or by extorting something from his fellow citizen, 3
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