Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble;
You have seen it; for your eyes are on sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child who has no father.
Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring.
May he be a judge of the poor among the people, may he give salvation to the children of those who are in need; by him let the violent be crushed.
For he is ever at the right hand of the poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his soul.
Who gives their rights to those who are crushed down; and gives food to those who are in need of it: the Lord makes the prisoners free;
Do not be hard on a servant who is poor and in need, if he is one of your countrymen or a man from another nation living with you in your land.
This is the punishment of the evil-doer from God, and the heritage given to the cruel by the Ruler of all.
He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.
Do not take away the property of the poor man because he is poor, or be cruel to the crushed ones when they come before the judge:
Do not let the landmark of the widow be moved, and do not go into the fields of those who have no father;
That you will take up this bitter song against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the cruel overseer come to an end! He who was lifted up in pride is cut off;
Is not this the holy day for which I have given orders: to let loose those who have wrongly been made prisoners, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the crushed go free, and every yoke be broken?
If you are not cruel to the man from a strange country, and to the child without a father, and to the widow, and do not put the upright to death in this place, or go after other gods, causing damage to yourselves:
In you they have had no respect for father and mother; in you they have been cruel to the man from a strange land; in you they have done wrong to the child without a father and to the widow.
A curse on the designers of evil, working on their beds! in the morning light they do it, because it is in their power.
You who are haters of good and lovers of evil, pulling off their skin from them and their flesh from their bones;
But you have put the poor man to shame. Are not the men of wealth rulers over you? do they not take you by force before their judges?
Come now, you men of wealth, give yourselves to weeping and crying because of the bitter troubles which are coming to you.