Because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
And the orphan who had no helper.
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,
The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.
You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
For there were those who said, “We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live.”
“Is not your wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
“They push the needy aside from the road;
The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
Or have eaten my morsel alone,
And the orphan has not shared it
If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan,
Because I saw I had support in the gate,
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
How long will you judge unjustly
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
“He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy;
Then it was well.
Is not that what it means to know Me?”
Declares the Lord.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.