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Most Relevant Verses
Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city's] gate.
Rob not the poor [being tempted by their helplessness], neither oppress the afflicted at the gate [where the city court is held],
Hate the evil and love the good and establish justice in the [court of the city's] gate. It may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph [the northern kingdom].
For I know how manifold are your transgressions and how mighty are your sins -- "you who afflict the [uncompromisingly] righteous, who take a bribe, and who turn aside the needy in the [court of the city] gate from their right.
Then Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their [enclosed] town and discussed the matter with the citizens, saying,
And when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the center of the gate to speak to him privately, and there he smote Abner in the abdomen, so that he died to avenge the blood of Asahel, Joab's brother.
She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:
These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor; render the truth and pronounce the judgment or verdict that makes for peace in [the courts at] your gates.