Isaiah 1:17
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New International Version
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

New Living Translation
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

English Standard Version
learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

New American Standard Bible
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

King James Bible
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause."

International Standard Version
Learn to practice what is good; seek justice, alleviate oppression, defend orphans in court, and plead the widow's case.

NET Bible
Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Arrest oppressors. Defend orphans. Plead the case of widows."

Jubilee Bible 2000
learn to do good; seek judgment; restore unto the oppressed; hear the fatherless in right judgment; protect the widow.

King James 2000 Bible
Learn to do good; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

American King James Version
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

American Standard Version
learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow.

Darby Bible Translation
learn to do well: seek judgment, gladden the oppressed, do justice to the fatherless, plead for the widow.

English Revised Version
learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Webster's Bible Translation
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

World English Bible
Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Judge the fatherless. Plead for the widow."

Young's Literal Translation
Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive for the widow.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:16-20 Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing the good the Lord our God requires. It is plain that the sacrifices of the law could not atone, even for outward national crimes. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and rank may be cleansed. Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backslidings; yet pardoning mercy will take out the stain, Ps 51:7. They should have all the happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and death, good and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live to thy glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Learn to do well. Now comes the positive; first, in the general form" learn," etc.; which resembles the apostle's "Put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:12). Then follow the particulars. Seek judgment; or, seek out justice; i.e. endeavor to get justice done to all men; see that they "have right." Relieve the oppressed. So the LXX., the Vulgate, the Syriac, and the Chaldean Versions. But the word translated "oppressed" is thought by many to mean "oppressor" (Kimchi, Gesenius, Cheyne). This is certainly its meaning in Psalm 71:4. Translate, tighten the oppressor; i.e. correct and chasten him. Judge the fatherless; rather, do justice to the orphan (Cheyne); see that he is not wronged - be his champion. Plead for the widow; i.e. plead her cause in the courts; or, if judge, and she have no advocate, lean towards her, as if her advocate. The widow and the orphan were taken under God's special protection from the time of Moses, and constantly commended to the tender care of the righteous (Exodus 22:22-24; Deuteronomy 10:18; Deuteronomy 24:17; Deuteronomy 27:19, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Learn to do well,.... Which men are naturally ignorant of; to do good they have no knowledge; nor can they that are accustomed to do evil learn to do well of themselves; but the Lord can teach them to profit, and of him they should ask wisdom, and desire, under the influence of his grace, to learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, and particularly to do acts of beneficence to all men, and especially to the household of faith; and also, the following ones,

seek judgment; seek to do justice between man and man in any cause depending, without respect of persons:

relieve the oppressed; the poor that are oppressed by their neighbours that are richer and mightier than they, right their wrongs, and deliver them out of the hands of their oppressors (i):

judge the fatherless; do justice to them who have none to take care of them, and defend them:

plead for the widow; that is desolate, and has none to plead her cause.

(i) Misn. Sabbat, c. 9. sect. 3. T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 67. 1,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. seek judgment—justice, as magistrates, instead of seeking bribes (Jer 22:3, 16).

judge—vindicate (Ps 68:5; Jas 1:27).

Isaiah 1:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Meaningless Offerings
16"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. 18"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.…
Cross References
James 1:27
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.

Deuteronomy 14:29
so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 82:3
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Proverbs 31:9
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

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.

Isaiah 58:6
"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?

Jeremiah 21:12
This is what the LORD says to you, house of David: "'Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it.

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.

Jeremiah 35:15
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, "Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors." But you have not paid attention or listened to me.

Ezekiel 18:31
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
Treasury of Scripture

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

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Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy…

Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Jeremiah 22:3,15,16 Thus said the LORD; Execute you judgment and righteousness, and deliver …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his …

Zechariah 7:9,10 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and …

Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth …

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