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;

Berean Study Bible
These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another, render true and sound decisions in your gates,

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:

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

Contemporary English Version
But you must be truthful with each other, and in court you must give fair decisions that lead to peace.

Good News Translation
These are the things you should do: Speak the truth to one another. In the courts give real justice--the kind that brings peace.

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.

New Heart 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,

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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;

New American Standard 1977
‘These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.

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,
Study Bible
The Restoration of Jerusalem
15“so now I have resolved to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. 16These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another, render true and sound decisions in your gates, 17do not plot evil in your hearts against your neighbor, and do not love perjury, for I hate all these things,” declares the LORD.…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Psalm 15:2
He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart,

Proverbs 12:17
He who speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide in favor of the earth's oppressed. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be the belt around His hips, and faithfulness the sash around His waist.

Jeremiah 22:3
This is what the LORD says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. Do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Ezekiel 18:8
He does not engage in usury or take excess interest, but he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between men.

Ezekiel 45:9
For this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Enough, O princes of Israel! Cease your violence and oppression, and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing My people, declares the Lord GOD.'

Zephaniah 3:13
The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or speak lies, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. But they will feed and lie down, with no one to make them tremble."

Zechariah 7:9
"This is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Administer true justice. Show loving devotion 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 City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of Hosts will be called the Holy Mountain."

Zechariah 8:19
"This is what the LORD of Hosts says: The fasts of the fourth, the fifth, the seventh, and the tenth months will become times of joy and gladness, cheerful feasts for the house of 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.

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). 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. 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.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.
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