Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,
Yea, truth faileth; and he [that] departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw [it], and it displeased him that [there was] no judgment.
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest regardeth; and [there be] higher than they.
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, [that] wickedness [was] there; and the place of righteousness, [that] iniquity [was] there.
Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from the LORD.
To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.
Doth our law judge [any] man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge [asketh] for a reward; and the great [man], he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that [the judges] may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: [but] in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob [him]: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to [do] evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest [judgment]:
And it shall be, if the wicked man [be] worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.
Forty stripes he may give him, [and] not exceed: lest, [if] he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
[He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
[It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
<[A Psalm] for Solomon.> Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether [it be] unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates: