Biblical Justice

Judeo-Christian Teachings


Thou shalt neither vex a stranger,  nor oppress him;  for ye were
strangers in the land of Egypt
Ex. 22:21

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
Lev. 19:18, Matt. 19:19

But  the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one
born among you, and thou shalt  love him as thyself.
Lev. 19:34

Thou shalt not harden thine heart,  nor shut thine hand from  thy
poor brother.
Deut. 15:7

Thou  shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother,  to thy  poor,
and to thy needy, in thy land.
Deut. 15:11

Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy.
Deut. 24:14

Defend the poor and fatherless:  do justice to the afflicted  and
Psalms 82:3

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker.
Prov. 14:31

He that honoreth Him hath mercy on the poor.
Prov. 14:31

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker
Prov. 17:5

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
Prov. 19:17

To  do justice  and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord  than
Proverbs 21:3

Rob  not  the  poor,  because he is  poor;  neither  oppress  the
afflicted in the gate.
Prov. 22:22

If  thine enemy be hungry,  give him bread to eat;  and if he  be
thirsty, give him water to drink.
Prov.   25:21   &  Rom.

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor;  but the  wicked
regardeth not to know it.
Prov. 29:7

Open  thy mouth,  judge righteously,  and plead the cause of  the
poor and needy.
Prov. 31:9

Relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow
Isa. 1:17

Do justly
Micah 6:8

Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to
his brother.
Zech. 7:9

Oppress not the widow,  nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the
Zech. 7:10

Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor.
Zech. 8:17

Let your light so shine before men,  that they may see your  good
Matt. 5:16

Give  to him that asketh thee,  and from him that would borrow of
thee turn not thou away.
Matt. 5:42

Love your enemies
Matt. 5:44

All  things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,  do ye
even so to them.
Matt. 7:12

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Matt. 7:20

Not every one that saith unto me,  Lord,  Lord,  shall enter into
the  kingdom of heaven;  but he that doest the will of my  Father
which is in heaven.
Matt. 7:21

Freely ye have received, freely give
Matt. 10:8

For I was an hungred,  and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye
clothed me:  I was sick,  and ye visited me: I was in prison, and
ye came unto me.
Matt. 25:35-36

Inasmuch  as  ye have done it unto one of the least of  these  my
brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matt. 25:40

He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and
he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Luke 3:11

And  why call ye me,  Lord,  Lord,  and do not the things which I
Luke 6:46

The laborer is worthy of his hire
Luke 10:7

By  this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,  if ye have
love one to another.
John 13:35

If ye love me, keep my commandments
John 14:15

Let love be without dissimulation
Rom. 12:9

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor
Rom. 13:10

Remember the poor.
Gal. 2:10

By love serve one another
Gal. 5:13

All the law is fulfilled in one word,  even in this;  Thou  shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself.
Gal. 5:14

Bear ye one another’s burdens
Gal. 6:2

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.
Gal. 6:10

Give  unto your servants that which is just  and  equal;  knowing
that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Col. 4:1

Support the weak
1 Thess. 5:14

The labourer is worthy of his reward
1 Tim. 5:18

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him
Titus 1:16

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only
James 1:22

What  doeth  it profit,  my brethren,  though a man say  he  hath
faith,  and have not works?  can faith save him?  If a brother or
sister be naked,  and destitute of daily food, and one of you say
unto   them,   Depart  in  peace,   be  ye  warmed  and   filled;
notwithstanding  ye give them not those things which are  needful
to the body;  what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not
works, is dead, being alone.
James 2:14-17

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead
James 2:20

For  as  the body without the spirit is dead,  so  faith  without
works is dead also.
James 2:26

This  is His commandment,  That we should believe on the name  of
His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.
1 John 3:23

He that loveth not knoweth not God
1 John 4:8

If  a man say,  I love God,  and hateth his brother whom he  hath
seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

And  this  commandment have we from him,  that he who loveth  God
love his brother also.
1 John 4:21

Views of the Founding Fathers
James  Madison:      What influence in fact  have  ecclesiastical
establishments  had in Civil Society?  In some
instances  they  have  been seen  to  erect  a
spiritual  tyranny  on  the  ruins  of   Civil
authority;  in  many instances they have  been
seen   upholding  the  thrones  of   political
tyranny;  in  no instance have they been  seen
the guardians of the liberties of the people.

Samuel  Adams:     Our  enemies  have made it  an  object  to
eradicate  from  the  minds of the  people  in
general a sense of true religion and virtue in
hopes  thereby the more easily to carry  their
point of enslaving them.

Benjamin Franklin: That the most acceptable service we render Him
is doing good to His other children.

As  to  Jesus of Nazareth…I  apprehend  [his
religion]   has   received   various   corrupt

John Adams:        Millions of  fables,  tales, legends have been
blended   with   both  Jewish  and   Christian
revelation that have made them the most bloody
religion that ever existed.

The duty of doing no wrong, but all the good I

Thomas Jefferson:  I  have ever judged of the religion of  others
by their lives.

To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed
opposed,  but  not to the genuine precepts  of
Jesus himself.

The  mass  of mankind has not been  born  with
saddles  on  their backs,  nor a favored  few,
booted  and  spurred,   ready  to  ride   them
legitimately for the Grace of God.

The  Christian  philosophy,–the most  sublime
and benevolent, but most perverted system that
ever shone on man.

Views of Others

Mohatma Gandhi:    I would be a  Christian if it weren’t for  the

Reinhold  Niebuhr:    I  think  one  of  the  great  heresies  of
Protestantism  is the individualistic  heresy.
The great divide is between people who want to
be  pure (the first Commission) and those  who
want to be responsible (the second Commission)


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