Zechariah 7:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"This is what the LORD Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

New Living Translation
"This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.

English Standard Version
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,

New American Standard Bible
"Thus has the LORD of hosts said, 'Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother;

King James Bible
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD of Hosts says this: Make fair decisions. Show faithful love and compassion to one another.

International Standard Version
"This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: 'Administer true justice, and show gracious love and mercy toward each other.

NET Bible
"The LORD who rules over all said, 'Exercise true judgment and show brotherhood and compassion to each other.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"This is what the LORD of Armies says: Administer real justice, and be compassionate and kind to each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion each one to his brother;

King James 2000 Bible
Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother:

American King James Version
Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

American Standard Version
Thus hath Jehovah of hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, saying: Judge ye true judgment, and shew ye mercy and compassion every man to his brother.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus speaketh Jehovah of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew loving-kindness and mercies one to another,

English Revised Version
Thus hath the LORD of hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassion every man to his brother:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

World English Bible
"Thus has Yahweh of Armies spoken, saying, 'Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thus spake Jehovah of Hosts, saying: True judgment judge ye, And kindness and mercy do one with another.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:8-14 God's judgements upon Israel of old for their sins, were written to warn Christians. The duties required are, not keeping fasts and offering sacrifices, but doing justly and loving mercy, which tend to the public welfare and peace. The law of God lays restraint upon the heart. But they filled their minds with prejudices against the word of God. Nothing is harder than the heart of a presumptuous sinner. See the fatal consequences of this to their fathers. Great sins against the Lord of hosts, bring great wrath from his power, which cannot be resisted. Sin, if regarded in the heart, will certainly spoil the success of prayer. The Lord always hears the cry of the broken-hearted penitent; yet all who die impenitent and unbelieving, will find no remedy or refuge from miseries which while here they despised and defied, but which they then will not be able to bear.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Thus speaketh; thus saith. The Lord hath always so said, and saith so now. Revised Version, thus hath the Lord of hosts spoken, saying. Execute true judgment; literally, judge ye judgment of truth; i.e. judge according to truth without bias or partiality. The same phrase occurs in Ezekiel 18:8. Exhortations to this effect are often found; e.g. Exodus 23:6, etc.; Deuteronomy 24:14; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 7:5-7; Jeremiah 22:3. Show mercy. Kindness and love in general. Compassions. Pity for the afflicted.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying,.... The same things as he had before; for the things following are ever in force, and always to be attended to, and to be regarded and preferred before anything merely ritual and ceremonial; and especially before the traditions and commandments of men, of which nature the above fasts were:

Execute true judgment; or, "judge judgment (e) of truth"; this is addressed to the judges of the people, that when any cause came before them between man and man, that they would judge righteously, according to the law of God; and, without respect to persons, pass sentence as the truth of the case required:

and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother; whether in want of food, raiment, or in whatsoever distress, whether of body or mind; which is much more acceptable to God than any legal sacrifices, or outward abstinences and humiliations, Hosea 6:6.

(e) "judicium veritatis", Montanus, Calvin, Cocceius, Burkius; "jus veritatis", Junius & Tremellius, Tarnovius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. speaketh—implying that these precepts addressed to their ancestors were the requirements of Jehovah not merely then, but now. We must not only not hurt, but we must help our fellow men. God is pleased with such loving obedience, rather than with empty ceremonies.

Zechariah 7:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Justice and Mercy
8Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying, 9"Thus has the LORD of hosts said, 'Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'…
Cross References
John 7:24
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly."

Deuteronomy 22:1
If you see your fellow Israelite's ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.

2 Samuel 9:7
"Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."

Job 6:14
"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

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.

Ezekiel 18:8
He does not lend to them at interest or take a profit from them. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between two parties.

Ezekiel 45:9
"'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Zechariah 7:8
And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:

Zechariah 8:16
These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;
Treasury of Scripture

Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

saying.

Zechariah 7:7 Should you not hear the words which the LORD has cried by the former …

Zechariah 8:16,17 These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth …

Leviticus 19:15,35-37 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 10:18,19 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

Deuteronomy 15:7-14 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

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

Psalm 82:2-4 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah…

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 58:6-10 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, …

Jeremiah 7:5,23 For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if you thoroughly …

Ezekiel 45:9 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: …

Hosea 10:12,13 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your …

Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

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

Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe …

Luke 11:42 But woe to you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and all manner …

James 2:13-17 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

Execute true judgment. Heb. Judge judgment of truth.

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, …

John 7:51 Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?

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