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8 Bible Verses about Courts

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Acts 18:12-13

While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack against Paul and brought him to the judge’s bench. “This man,” they said, “persuades people to worship God contrary to the law!”

1 Corinthians 6:2

Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest cases?

Deuteronomy 21:1

“If a murder victim is found lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,

Judges 4:5

It was her custom to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her for judgment.

Deuteronomy 1:16

I commanded your judges at that time: Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge rightly between a man and his brother or a foreign resident.

Deuteronomy 17:9

You are to go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who presides at that time. Ask, and they will give you a verdict in the case.

Exodus 18:21-22

But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place them over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you.

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Courts » Advocates » Witnesses, two or more needed to convict

2 Corinthians 13:1

This is the third time I am coming to you.Every fact must be established by the testimonyof two or three witnesses.

Numbers 35:30

“If anyone kills a person, the murderer is to be put to death based on the word of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death based on the testimony of one witness.

Deuteronomy 17:6

The one condemned to die is to be executed on the testimony of two or three witnesses. No one is to be executed on the testimony of a single witness.

Deuteronomy 19:15

“One witness cannot establish any wrongdoing or sin against a person, whatever that person has done. A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 18:16

But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimonyof two or three witnesses every fact may be established.

Courts » supreme council

Acts 6:12

They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; so they came, dragged him off, and took him to the Sanhedrin.

John 11:47

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do since this man does many signs?

Acts 5:21

In obedience to this, they entered the temple complex at daybreak and began to teach.

The Apostles on Trial Again

When the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin—the full Senate of the sons of Israel—and sent orders to the jail to have them brought.

Matthew 2:4

So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.

More verses: Matthew 26:59 Acts 22:30

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Perjury condemned

Zechariah 5:4

I will send it out,”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts—“and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It will stay inside his house and destroy it along with its timbers and stones.”

1 Timothy 1:10

for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Litigation to be avoided

Matthew 5:40

As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

Matthew 5:25

Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.

Proverbs 25:8

Don’t take a matter to court hastily.
Otherwise, what will you do afterward
if your opponent humiliates you?

Courts » Other courts » Inferior

Exodus 18:21-22

But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place [them] over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear [it] with you.

Deuteronomy 1:15-16

"So I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and respected men, and set them over you as leaders: officials for thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, and officers for your tribes. I commanded your judges at that time: Hear [the cases] between your brothers, and judge rightly between a man and his brother or a foreign resident.

Deuteronomy 17:9

You are to go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who presides at that time. Ask, and they will give you a verdict in the case.

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Places of holding courts

Judges 4:5

It was her custom to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her for judgment.

Deuteronomy 21:19

his father and mother must take hold of him and bring him to the elders of his city, to the gate of his hometown.

Deuteronomy 25:7

But if the man doesn’t want to marry his sister-in-law, she must go to the elders at the city gate and say, ‘My brother-in-law refuses to preserve his brother’s name in Israel. He isn’t willing to perform the duty of a brother-in-law for me.’

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Corruption of

Micah 7:3

Both hands are good at accomplishing evil:
the official and the judge demand a bribe;
when the powerful man communicates his evil desire,
they plot it together.

Isaiah 10:1-2

Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that widows can be their spoil and they can plunder the fatherless.

Zephaniah 3:3

The princes within her are roaring lions;
her judges are wolves of the night,
which leave nothing for the morning.

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Laws for judges

Deuteronomy 16:18-19

"Appoint judges and officials for your tribes in all your towns the Lord your God is giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment. Do not deny justice or show partiality [to anyone]. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Courts » Advocates » The accused his own

Jeremiah 26:11-15

Then the priests and prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man deserves the death sentence because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears." Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and the people, "The Lord sent me to prophesy all the words that you have heard against this temple and city. So now, correct your ways and deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God so that He might relent concerning the disaster that He warned about. read more.
As for me, here I am in your hands; do to me what you think is good and right. But know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, on this city, and on its residents, for it is certain the Lord has sent me to speak all these things directly to you."

John 18:33-37

Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?" "I'm not a Jew, am I?" Pilate replied. "Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?" read more.
"My kingdom is not of this world," said Jesus. "If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I wouldn't be handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here." "You are a king then?" Pilate asked. "You say that I'm a king," Jesus replied. "I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice."

Courts » Other courts » Roman

Matthew 27:11

Now Jesus stood before the governor. “Are You the King of the Jews?” the governor asked Him.Jesus answered, “You have said it.”

Acts 25:6

When he had spent not more than eight or 10 days among them, he went down to Caesarea. The next day, seated at the judge’s bench, he commanded Paul to be brought in.

Courts » Advocates » Examination of prisoners

Judges 8:14

He captured a youth from the men of Succoth and interrogated him. The youth wrote down for him the names of the 77 princes and elders of Succoth.

John 18:33

Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Courts » Advocates » Prisoners mal-treated

John 18:22

When He had said these things, one of the temple police standing by slapped Jesus, saying, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

Acts 22:24

the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, directing that he be examined with the scourge, so he could discover the reason they were shouting against him like this.

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Sentence of, final

Deuteronomy 17:8-11

"If a case is too difficult for you-concerning bloodshed, lawsuits, or assaults-cases disputed at your gates, you must go up to the place the Lord your God chooses. You are to go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who presides at that time. Ask, and they will give you a verdict in the case. You must abide by the verdict they give you at the place the Lord chooses. Be careful to do exactly as they instruct you. read more.
You must abide by the instruction they give you and the verdict they announce to you. Do not turn to the right or the left from the decision they declare to you.

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Contempt of, punished

Deuteronomy 17:12

The person who acts arrogantly, refusing to listen either to the priest who stands there serving the Lord your God or to the judge, must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Courts » Other courts » Circuit

1 Samuel 7:15-16

Samuel judged Israel throughout his life. Every year he would go on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah and would judge Israel at all these locations.

Courts » Other courts » Superior, held by moses

Exodus 18:13-26

The next day Moses sat down to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning until evening. When Moses' father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, "What is this thing you're doing for the people? Why are you alone sitting as judge, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?" Moses replied to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God. read more.
Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach [them] God's statutes and laws." "What you're doing is not good," Moses' father-in-law said to him. "You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can't do it alone. Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do. But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place [them] over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear [it] with you. If you do this, and God [so] directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied." Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people [as] officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.

Courts » Miscellaneous topics relating to courts and judicial procedure » Appeal taken

Acts 25:11

If then I am doing wrong, or have done anything deserving of death, I do not refuse to die, but if there is nothing to what these men accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

Courts » Advocates » Professional

Acts 24:1

After five days Ananias the high priest came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. These men presented their case against Paul to the governor.

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Courts Of The Temple

11;8;64

On the same day, the king consecrated the middle of the courtyard that was in front of the Lord’s temple because that was where he offered the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the fat of the fellowship offerings since the bronze altar before the Lord was too small to accommodate the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the fellowship offerings.

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