Social Justice

The book of Proverbs teaches us many lessons about social justice.

1. The source of justice
Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that man gets justice (Proverbs 29:26)

2. Understanding justice
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully (Proverbs 28:5)

3. Caring about justice
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern (Proverbs 29:7)

4. The joy or terror of justice
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers (Proverbs 21:15)

5. Mocking at justice
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil (Proverbs 19:28)

6. Perverting the course of justice
A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice (Proverbs 17:23)

7. Deprivation of justice
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice (Proverbs 18:5)

8. Justice and a nation
By justice, a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down (Proverbs 29:4)

We must pray that members of the judiciaries throughout the world and also that we ourselves, when called upon to judge in certain situations, may heed the instructions which God gave to the judges as recorded in 2 Chronicles 19:6-7

6 He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. 7 Now let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”

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