As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated his life to seeking justice, we can also remember God’s deep commitment to justice throughout the Bible. Here are 7 (of many) places in the Bible that talk about the importance of justice.
- God instructed the Israelites to set up fair courts.
Deuteronomy 16.18 (GNT):
Appoint judges and other officials in every town that the Lord your God gives you. These men are to judge the people impartially.
- Justice is a part of worship.
Amos 5.23, 24 (GNT):
Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps. Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.
- We depend on God’s justice.
Psalm 140.12 (GNT):
Lord, I know that you defend the cause of the poor and the rights of the needy.
- Knowing more about justice comes from knowing God.
Proverbs 28.5 (GNT):
Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the Lord understand it well.
- God will bring his people justice.
Luke 18. 7, 8b (GNT):
Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly.
- God’s justice protects us.
Ephesians 6.14 (CEV)
Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor.
- Jesus will rule with justice.
Hebrews 1.8 (GNT)
About the Son, however, God said:
“Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever!
You rule over your people with justice".
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