We all growl like bears
and moan like doves.
We hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We hope for light, but there is darkness;
for brightness, but we live in the night.
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.
‘The one who denies justice to a foreigner, a fatherless child, or a widow is cursed.’
And all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
They speak mere words,
taking false oaths while making covenants.
So lawsuits break out
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.
The people are incapable of doing right—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
those who store up violence and destruction
in their citadels.
Those who turn justice into wormwood
throw righteousness to the ground.
Do horses gallop on the cliffs;
does anyone plow there with oxen?
Yet you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood—
This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict the righteous;
therefore, justice comes out perverted.
“But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenthof mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass justice and love for God.These things you should have done without neglecting the others.
In His humiliation justice was denied Him.
Who will describe His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.
But Paul said to them, “They beat us in public without a trial, although we are Roman citizens, and threw us in jail. And now are they going to smuggle us out secretly? Certainly not! On the contrary, let them come themselves and escort us out!”