New International Version
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
King James Bible
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Darby Bible Translation
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister justice to the afflicted and needy.
World English Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and serve justice to the poor and needy."
Young's Literal Translation
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, Both the cause of the poor and needy!'
Proverbs 31:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Open thy mouth for the dumb - For such accused persons as have no counsellors, and cannot plead for themselves.
Are appointed to destruction - בני חלוף beney chaloph, variously translated, children of passage - indigent travelers; children of desolation - those who have no possessions, or orphans. I believe it either signifies those who are strangers, and are travelling from place to place, or those who are ready to perish in consequence of want or oppression.
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A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him, …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
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.
1 Samuel 19:4
Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.
1 Samuel 20:32
"Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
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.
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