For I, the Lord, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense And make an everlasting covenant with them.
“ Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
“Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow?
Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
“Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
“I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
“ What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
But the Lord of hosts will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.
“Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail.
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
“I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.
These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.
“ But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,