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

New Living Translation
But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace.

English Standard Version
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;

New American Standard Bible
'These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.

King James Bible
These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; make true and sound decisions within your gates.

International Standard Version
Here's what you must do: tell the truth to your neighbors, administer true and peaceful justice in your courtrooms,

NET Bible
These are the things you must do: Speak the truth, each of you, to one another. Practice true and righteous judgment in your courts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You must do these things: Speak the truth to each other. Give correct and fair verdicts for peace in your courts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These are the things that ye shall do: Speak each one the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates;

King James 2000 Bible
These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

American King James Version
These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

American Standard Version
These are the things that ye shall do: speak ye every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates;

Douay-Rheims Bible
These then are the things, which you shall do: Speak ye truth every one to his neighbour: judge ye truth and judgment of peace in your gates.

Darby Bible Translation
These are the things that ye shall do: Speak truth every one with his neighbour; execute truth and the judgment of peace in your gates;

English Revised Version
These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth with his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

Webster's Bible Translation
These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

World English Bible
These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates,

Young's Literal Translation
These are the things that ye do: Speak ye truth each with his neighbour, Truth and peaceful judgment judge in your gates,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:9-17 Those only who lay their hands to the plough of duty, shall have them strengthened with the promises of mercy: those who avoid their fathers' faults have the curse turned into a blessing. Those who believed the promises, were to show their faith by their works, and to wait the fulfilment. When God is displeased, he can cause trade to decay, and set every man against his neighbour; but when he returns in mercy, all is happy and prosperous. Surely believers in Christ must not trifle with the exhortation to put away lying, and to speak every man peace with his neighbour, to hate what the Lord hates, and to love that wherein he delights.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - These are the things. To secure the fulfilment of the promise of good, they must do the will of God (Zechariah 7:9. etc.). Truth. This was to be observed in all conversation and transactions with their neighbours. St. Paul quotes this injunction (Ephesians 4:25). Execute the judgment of truth and peace; literally, judge ye truth and the judgment of peace. So the Septuagint and Vulgate. Practise perfect equity in judgments, and so decide, according to truth and justice, as to secure peace and concord between the parties concerned. In your gates. Where the judges sat, and justice was administered (Deuteronomy 16:18; Deuteronomy 21:19; see note on Amos 5:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

These are the things that ye shall do,.... Which were duties incumbent on them, and which it became them to perform, under a sense of the favours bestowed on them, to show their gratitude to God, and that they might glorify him:

Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; not using deceit, prevarication, and lying, Ephesians 4:25 and it becomes every man under the Gospel dispensation, according to the gift he has received, to speak, publish, and declare the truth of the Gospel, to the edification of others:

execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates; that is, execute true judgment, as in Zechariah 7:9 do justice between man and man, without respect of persons; the issue of which will be peace between the contending parties: and this was to be done in their "gates", because there their courts of judicature were kept.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16, 17. The promised blessings are connected with obedience. God's covenanted grace will lead those truly blessed by it to holiness, not licentiousness.

truth to … neighbour—not that the truth should not be spoken to foreigners too; but He makes it an aggravation of their sin, that they spared not even their brethren. Besides, and above all outward ordinances (Zec 7:3), God requires truth and justice.

judgment of … peace—Equitable decisions tend to allay feuds and produce peace.

gates—the place where courts of judicature in the East were held.

Zechariah 8:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Restoration of Jerusalem
15so I have again purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear! 16'These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates. 17'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD."…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Psalm 15:2
The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;

Proverbs 12:17
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

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.

Zephaniah 3:13
They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies. A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid."

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

Zechariah 8:3
This is what the LORD says: "I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain."

Zechariah 8:19
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace."
Treasury of Scripture

These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

are.

Deuteronomy 10:12,13 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Deuteronomy 11:7,8 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did…

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

Luke 3:8-14 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not …

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

1 Peter 1:13-16 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

Speak.

Zechariah 8:19 Thus said the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the …

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

Leviticus 19:11 You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

Psalm 15:2 He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the …

Proverbs 12:17,19 He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit…

Jeremiah 9:3-5 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Hosea 4:1,2 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants …

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

execute the judgment of truth and peace. Heb. judge truth and the judgment of peace.

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

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 11:3-9 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: …

Amos 5:15,24 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

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