Selected Scripture References to Justice and Advocacy

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.

John 14:15, 16

Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!(The Message)

Proverbs 31:8, 9

…learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

… and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth… No more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime… They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Isaiah 65 – a vision for a world of justice

… let justice roll down like a river…

Amos 5

… though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12

May [the ruler] judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. 4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

Psalm 72 – on the divine purpose of gov’t

What kind of justice-seeking person or organization are we?

A Matthew 25 person/organization where direct service is emphasized
Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? … a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? … in prison and visited you?

Matthew 25

A Luke 4 person/organization where sustained change is emphasized
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. … to proclaim release to the captives, …to let the oppressed go free…

Luke 4

An Isaiah 58 person/organization where both direct service and sustained change is important
6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to lose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58: 6-12