‘ Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
“ You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow’s garment in pledge.
“ You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;
“ You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.
How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight,
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts.