18 Bible References Supporting Societal Justice as Blessed and Commanded

“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.” Proverbs 31:8-9

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts, do not think evil of each other.” Zechariah 7: 9-10

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’… And ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ —Jesus in the Gospels, repeatedly

“Learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” Isaiah 1:17

“I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” —Jesus, Matthew 25:40

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20

“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
James 2

“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

Luke 10: the story of the good samaritan

Luke 16: the story of rich man and Lazarus

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

“For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate…. Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious” Amos 5:12, 15

“He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.” Luke 1:51-53

“…loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

“…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?” Isaiah 58:7

“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:4-5