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.

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

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

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

NASB 1995
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

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

Amplified Bible
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And administer justice for the afflicted and needy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good News Translation
Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy."

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Open your mouth, judge righteously, Both the cause of the poor and needy!”

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."

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!'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Words of King Lemuel
8Open your mouth for those with no voice, for the cause 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 and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless and plead the case of the widow."

Jeremiah 22:16
He took up the cause of the poor and needy, and so it went well with him. 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.









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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