Proverbs 31:9
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.

Berean Study Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the cause 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Be fair and give justice to the poor and homeless.

Good News Translation
Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights 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.

New Heart English Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and serve justice to 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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

New American Standard 1977
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Open thy mouth and judge justly, and plead the cause of the poor and weak.

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!'
Study Bible
The Words of King Lemuel
8Open your mouth for those with no voice, for the justice of all the dispossessed. 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the poor and needy.
Cross References
Leviticus 19:15
"You must not pervert justice; you must not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the rich; you are to judge your neighbor fairly.

Deuteronomy 1:16
At that time I charged your judges: "Hear the disputes between your brothers, and judge fairly between a man and his brother or a foreign resident.

1 Samuel 19:4
Then Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul and said to him, "The king should not sin against his servant David; he has not sinned against you. In fact, his actions have been highly beneficial to you.

1 Samuel 20:32
"Why must he be put to death? Jonathan replied. "What has he done?"

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked have no regard for such concerns.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right, seek justice, correct the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow."

Jeremiah 22:16
He took up the cause of the poor and needy, and so it went well. Is this 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 is established by righteousness.

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

Leviticus 19:15
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.







Lexicon
Open
פְּתַח־ (pə·ṯaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

your mouth,
פִּ֥יךָ (pî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

judge
שְׁפָט־ (šə·p̄āṭ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

righteously,
צֶ֑דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

and defend the cause
וְ֝דִ֗ין (wə·ḏîn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1777: A straight course, sail direct

of the poor
עָנִ֥י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and needy.
וְאֶבְיֽוֹן׃ (wə·’eḇ·yō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 34: In want, needy, poor
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). 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.
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