The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.
“This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.
The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand.
The unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy
And crush the oppressor.
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,
The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
For He stands at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge his soul.
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
Do not move the ancient boundary
Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,
“How the oppressor has ceased,
And how fury has ceased!
“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin,
They have treated father and mother lightly within you. The alien they have oppressed in your midst; the fatherless and the widow they have wronged in you.
In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me,” declares the Lord God.
Woe to those who scheme iniquity,
Who work out evil on their beds!
When morning comes, they do it,
For it is in the power of their hands.
“You who hate good and love evil,
Who tear off their skin from them
And their flesh from their bones,
But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.