Proverbs 31:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

New Living Translation
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

English Standard Version
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

New American Standard Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

King James Bible
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.

International Standard Version
Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.

NET Bible
Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Open your mouth in righteous judgment and judge the poor and the afflicted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Speak out, judge fairly, and defend the rights of oppressed and needy people."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and destitute.

King James 2000 Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

American King James Version
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

American Standard Version
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, And minister justice to the poor and needy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Open thy mouth, decree that which is just, and do justice to the needy and poor.

Darby Bible Translation
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister justice to the afflicted and needy.

English Revised Version
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister judgment to the poor and needy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor 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!'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:1-9 When children are under the mother's eye, she has an opportunity of fashioning their minds aright. Those who are grown up, should often call to mind the good teaching they received when children. The many awful instances of promising characters who have been ruined by vile women, and love of wine, should warn every one to avoid these evils. Wine is to be used for want or medicine. Every creature of God is good, and wine, though abused, has its use. By the same rule, due praise and consolation should be used as cordials to the dejected and tempted, not administered to the confident and self-sufficient. All in authority should be more carefully temperate even than other men; and should be protectors of those who are unable or afraid to plead their own cause. Our blessed Lord did not decline the bitterest dregs of the cup of sorrow put into his hands; but he puts the cup of consolation into the hands of his people, and causes those to rejoice who are in the deepest distress.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Plead the cause; rather, minister judgment, or do right; act in your official capacity so that the effect shall be substantial justice (comp. Zechariah 8:16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Open thy mouth, judge righteously,.... Having heard the cause, pronounce a righteous sentence; deliver it freely and impartially, with all readiness and boldness, not caring for the censures of wicked and unjust men;

and plead the cause of the poor and needy; who are oppressed by the rich, cannot plead for themselves, nor fee others to plead for them; do thou do it freely and faithfully. Thus as Lemuel's mother cautions him against women and wine, she advises him to do the duties of his office in administering impartial justice to all, and particularly in being the advocate and judge of the indigent and distressed.



Proverbs 31:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Words of King Lemuel
8Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Cross References
Leviticus 19:15
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

Deuteronomy 1:16
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.

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

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

Jeremiah 22:16
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.
Treasury of Scripture

Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne …

Proverbs 20:8 A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between …

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 Judges and officers shall you make you in all your gates, which the …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

Psalm 72:1,2 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Job 29:12,15,16 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Isaiah 1:17,23 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule …

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

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

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

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

Amos 5:11,12 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take …

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

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, …

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat …

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