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Bible Quotes on Justice for Immigrants and Unfortunates

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

The Bible includes many pertinent principles on social justice. The Book records some common sense quotes promoting integrity in the way society deals with individuals living in less than ideal circumstances. Here, we focus on:

  1. The Immigrant
  2. The Poor
  3. The Accused
  4. Promises for Social Justice Practitioners

These 35 quotes are from the New Living Translation, and readers can learn more by finding and reading the entire verses in their contexts.

1. The Immigrant

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Photo Credit: Edward Moran

  1. You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. (Exodus 22:21)
  2. The seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes . . . any foreigners living among you. (Exodus 20:10)
  3. Do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:10)
  4. Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born . . . and love them as you love yourself. (Leviticus 19:33, 34)
  5. For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He . . . shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10: 17, 18)
  6. Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include . . . the foreigners living among you in the celebration. (Deuteronomy 26:11)
  7. Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans, or widows. (Deuteronomy 27:19)
  8. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. (Proverbs 27:13)
  9. I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice; only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows. (Jeremiah 7: 5, 6)
  10. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:2)

2. The Poor

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  1. In a lawsuit, you must not deny justice to the poor. (Exodus 23:6)
  2. If one of your [neighbors] falls into poverty and cannot support himself . . . allow him to live with you. Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense. Instead, show your fear of God by letting him live with you as your relative. (Leviticus 25: 35, 36)
  3. Hear the cases of those who are poor as well as those who are rich. Don’t be afraid of anyone’s anger, for the decision you make is God’s decision. (Deuteronomy 1:17)
  4. Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers . . . You must pay them their wages . . . because they are poor and are counting on it. If you don’t, they might cry out to the Lord against you, and it would be counted against you as sin. (Deuteronomy 24:14)
  5. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as security for a loan, you must return it before sunset. This coat may be the only blanket your neighbor has. (Exodus 22: 26, 27)
  6. Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)
  7. Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful . . . For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)
  8. You will always have the poor among you. (Matthew 26:11)
  9. If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry. (Luke 3:11)
  10. And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. (Luke 6:34)

3. The Accused

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Photo Credit: North Charleston

  1. You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (Deuteronomy 19:15)
  2. Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)
  3. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent. (Proverbs 18:5)
  4. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. (Proverbs 31:8)
  5. For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. (Isaiah 61:8)
  6. This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. . . Stop murdering the innocent! (Jeremiah 22:3)
  7. Can horses gallop over boulders? Can oxen be used to plow them? But that’s how foolish you are when you turn justice into poison and the sweet fruit of righteousness into bitterness. (Amos 6:12)
  8. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:4)
  9. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. (Galatians 6:7)
  10. Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. (Hebrews 13:3)

Promises for Social Justice Practitioners

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Credit: Tedy Blessed

  1. There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right. (Psalm 106:3)
  2. Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. . . Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. (Isaiah 58: 6-8)
  3. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. (Psalm 112:5)
  4. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. (Amos 5:15)
  5. Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come . . . For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." (Matthew 25: 34-36)

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Dora Weithers

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