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160 Bible Verses about Justice

Our world is often overshadowed by injustice. The Bible offers a powerful mandate to seek and uphold justness and impartiality. These 160 Bible verses about justice provide a comprehensive look at how justice reflects God’s nature and His kingdom’s foundation. They encourage us to defend the weak, protect the vulnerable, and ensure fairness in all dealings. May these Scriptures inspire you to live out God’s justice daily, shining His righteousness and love in our world.

 

God’s Justice

  • Psalm 9:16 – “The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.”
  • Isaiah 30:18 – “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
  • Deuteronomy 32:4 – “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
  • Psalm 33:5 – “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
  • Isaiah 61:8 – “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.”
  • Psalm 89:14 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”
  • Zephaniah 3:5 – “The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.”
  • Psalm 99:4 – “The King is mighty, he loves justice—you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.”
  • Jeremiah 9:24 – “But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”
  • Isaiah 51:4 – “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.”

Justice for the Poor and Oppressed

  • Psalm 82:3 – “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”
  • Proverbs 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
  • Isaiah 1:17 – “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
  • Jeremiah 22:3 – “This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.”
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 – “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’”
  • Isaiah 58:6-7 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
  • Psalm 10:17-18 – “You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.”
  • Ezekiel 22:29 – “The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.”
  • Malachi 3:5 – “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.”
  • Job 29:14-16 – “I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.”

Justice in Leadership

  • Proverbs 29:4 – “By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.”
  • 2 Samuel 23:3 – “The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God.”
  • Isaiah 11:3-4 – “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.”
  • Jeremiah 23:5 – “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.”
  • Isaiah 16:5 – “In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David—one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.”
  • Proverbs 20:28 – “Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.”
  • Psalm 72:1-2 – “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.”
  • Isaiah 32:1 – “See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.”
  • Proverbs 16:12 – “Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.”
  • Jeremiah 33:15 – “‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.”

Justice and Righteousness

  • Proverbs 21:3 – “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
  • Amos 5:24 – “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
  • Isaiah 56:1 – “This is what the Lord says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.'”
  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • Psalm 106:3 – “Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.”
  • Proverbs 12:28 – “In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
  • Isaiah 32:17 – “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.”
  • Jeremiah 22:15-16 – “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the Lord.”
  • Job 8:3 – “Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?”
  • Hosea 12:6 – “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”

Justice in the Law

  • Leviticus 19:15 – “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”
  • Deuteronomy 16:20 – “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
  • Exodus 23:6 – “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.”
  • Deuteronomy 27:19 – “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!””
  • Isaiah 59:14 – “So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.”
  • Ezekiel 45:9 – “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.”
  • Deuteronomy 1:16 – “And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.”
  • Proverbs 28:5 – “Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.”
  • Zechariah 8:16 – “These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.”
  • Isaiah 10:1-2 – “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.”

Justice and Mercy

  • Zechariah 7:9 – “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’”
  • Matthew 23:23 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
  • James 2:13 – “Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
  • Luke 11:42 – “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”
  • Micah 7:18 – “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
  • Hosea 12:6 – “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”
  • Psalm 85:10 – “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
  • Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
  • Luke 6:36 – “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Justice in Society

  • Proverbs 29:7 – “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
  • Psalm 82:4 – “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
  • Proverbs 22:22-23 – “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.”
  • Leviticus 25:17 – “Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God.”
  • Jeremiah 5:28 – “They have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.”
  • Isaiah 1:23 – “Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them.”
  • Proverbs 24:11 – “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.”
  • Job 5:15-16 – “But he saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.”
  • Isaiah 58:10 – “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
  • Psalm 140:12 – “I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”

Justice and Peace

  • Isaiah 32:17 – “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.”
  • Psalm 85:10 – “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
  • Romans 14:17 – “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
  • James 3:18 – “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
  • Hebrews 12:11 – “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
  • Romans 12:18 – “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
  • Isaiah 9:7 – “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
  • Psalm 72:7 – “In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.”
  • Zechariah 8:19 – “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.'”
  • Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Justice and Integrity

  • Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”
  • Proverbs 11:3 – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
  • Psalm 101:1-2 – “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.”
  • Proverbs 10:9 – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”
  • Psalm 15:1-2 – “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart.”
  • Psalm 25:21 – “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.”
  • Proverbs 19:1 – “Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”
  • Psalm 119:1 – “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”
  • Proverbs 28:6 – “Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.”
  • 1 Kings 9:4 – “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws.”

Justice and Judgment

  • Isaiah 11:4 – “But with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.”
  • Psalm 96:13 – “Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.”
  • Isaiah 33:22 – “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”
  • Psalm 9:8 – “He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.”
  • Psalm 98:9 – “Let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.”
  • John 5:30 – “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.”
  • Acts 17:31 – “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
  • Romans 2:2 – “Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.”
  • Revelation 19:11 – “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.”
  • Psalm 67:4 – “May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.”

Justice and Equity

  • Proverbs 2:9 – “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”
  • Proverbs 11:1 – “The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.”
  • Leviticus 19:36 – “Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.”
  • Proverbs 20:23 – “The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.”
  • Ezekiel 45:10 – “You are to use accurate scales, an accurate ephah and an accurate bath.”
  • Amos 8:5-6 – “Saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’—skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.”
  • Micah 6:11 – “Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?”
  • Deuteronomy 25:15 – “You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
  • Proverbs 16:11 – “Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.”
  • Ezekiel 45:12 – “The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.”

Justice for All

  • Acts 10:34-35 – “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.'”
  • Deuteronomy 10:17 – “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.”
  • Romans 2:11 – “For God does not show favoritism.”
  • Galatians 3:28 – “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • James 2:1 – “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”
  • Colossians 3:11 – “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
  • Proverbs 22:2 – “Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.”
  • Leviticus 19:15 – “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”
  • James 2:9 – “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”
  • Job 34:19 – “Who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?”

Justice and Wisdom

  • Proverbs 8:20 – “I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice.”
  • Proverbs 1:3 – “For receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair.”
  • Psalm 37:30 – “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
  • Proverbs 28:5 – “Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.”
  • Psalm 112:5 – “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.”
  • Proverbs 24:23 – “These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good.”
  • Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 – “And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. I said to myself, ‘God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.’”
  • Isaiah 1:26 – “I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.”
  • Psalm 72:1-2 – “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.”
  • Psalm 89:14 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”

Justice and Love

  • Hosea 12:6 – “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”
  • Psalm 33:5 – “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:6 – “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
  • Psalm 89:14 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”
  • Zechariah 8:19 – “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.’”
  • Romans 13:10 – “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
  • John 15:12 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
  • 1 John 4:7 – “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Justice and the Nations

  • Psalm 72:11 – “May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.”
  • Isaiah 42:1 – “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.”
  • Isaiah 51:4 – “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.”
  • Jeremiah 4:2 – “And if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ then the nations will invoke blessings by him and in him they will boast.”
  • Amos 5:24 – “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
  • Isaiah 2:4 – “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”
  • Zechariah 8:7-8 – “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.’”
  • Revelation 15:4 – “Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
  • Psalm 9:8 – “He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.”
  • Psalm 22:27 – “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him.”

Justice and God’s Kingdom

  • Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
  • Romans 14:17 – “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
  • Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
  • Hebrews 1:8 – “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.'”
  • Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
  • Luke 18:7-8 – “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
  • Isaiah 9:7 – “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
  • Matthew 12:18 – “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.”
  • Daniel 7:14 – “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
  • Revelation 11:15 – “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.'”

Conclusion

These 160 Bible verses about justice highlight God’s commitment to righteousness and equity. Reflecting on these passages, we are inspired to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. By living out these principles, we can help create a more just and compassionate world. Let us reflect the heart of our Creator in all we do!

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