Job 29:7-257When I went out to a the gate of the city,
when I prepared my seat in the square,
8the young men saw me and withdrew,
and the aged rose and stood;
9the princes refrained from talking
and b laid their hand on their mouth;
10the voice of the nobles was hushed,
and their c tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
12because I d delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 e The blessing of him who was f about to perish came upon me,
and I caused g the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14I h put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and i a turban.
15I was j eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out k the cause of him whom I did not know.
17I l broke m the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18 n Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my o nest,
and I shall multiply my days as p the sand,
19my q roots spread out to r the waters,
with the dew all night on my s branches,
20my glory fresh with me,
and my t bow ever u new in my hand.’
21 “Men listened to me and waited
and kept silence for my counsel.
22After I spoke they did not speak again,
and my word v dropped upon them.
23They waited for me as for the rain,
and they w opened their mouths as for the x spring rain.
24I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
and y the light of my z face they did not cast down.
25I chose their way and sat as chief,
and I lived like aa a king among his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.
Job 31:2121if I have raised my hand against ab the fatherless,
because I saw my help in ac the gate,
Proverbs 22:2222 ad Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or ae crush the afflicted at af the gate,
Proverbs 31:8-98 ag Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute. ▼
▼Hebrew are sons of passing away
9Open your mouth ai judge righteously,
aj defend the rights of ak the poor and needy.
Isaiah 29:2121who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
and al lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
and with an empty plea am turn aside him who is in the right.
Amos 5:1010 an They hate him who reproves ao in the gate,
and they ap abhor him who speaks the truth.
Amos 5:1212For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who aq take a bribe,
and ar turn aside the needy as in the gate.
Amos 5:1515 at Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice au in the gate;
av it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
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