Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love bribes and chasing after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, and the plea of the widow never comes before them.
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Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

2 Chronicles 24:17-21
After the death of Jehoiada, however, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. . . .

2 Chronicles 36:14
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people multiplied their unfaithful deeds, following all the abominations of the nations, and they defiled the house of the LORD, which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 5:5
I will go to the powerful and speak to them. Surely they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God. But they too, with one accord, had broken the yoke and torn off the chains.

Ezekiel 22:6-12
See how every prince of Israel within you has used his power to shed blood. . . .

Daniel 9:5, 6
we have sinned and done wrong. We have acted wickedly and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commandments and ordinances. . . .

Hosea 7:3-5
They delight the king with their evil, the princes with their lies. . . .

Hosea 9:15
All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I hated them. I will drive them from My house for the wickedness of their deeds. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.

Micah 3:1-3, 11
Then I said: "Hear now, O leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice? . . .

Acts 4:5-11
The next day the rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, . . .


Proverbs 29:24
A partner to a thief hates his own soul; he receives the oath, but will not testify.

Matthew 21:13
And He declared to them, "It is written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer.' But you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"

Mark 11:27
After their return to Jerusalem, Jesus was walking in the temple courts, and the chief priests, scribes, and elders came up to Him.

Luke 19:46
He declared to them, "It is written: 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'"


Isaiah 33:15
He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears against murderous plots and shuts his eyes tightly against evil--

Exodus 23:8
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not deny justice or show partiality. Do not accept any bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man takes a covert bribe to subvert the course of justice.

Jeremiah 22:17
"But your eyes and heart are set on nothing except your own dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood, on practicing extortion and oppression."

Ezekiel 22:12
In you they take bribes to shed blood. You engage in usury, take excess interest, and extort your neighbors. But Me you have forgotten, declares the Lord GOD.

Hosea 4:18
When their liquor is gone, they turn to prostitution; their rulers dearly love disgrace.

Micah 7:3
Both hands are skilled at evil; the prince and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful utters his evil desire, they all conspire together.

they judge

Isaiah 10:1, 2
Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees, . . .

Jeremiah 5:28, 29
They have grown fat and sleek, and have excelled in evil matters. They have not taken up the cause of the fatherless, so they might prosper, nor have they defended the rights of the needy. . . .

Zechariah 7:10
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. And do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.'

Malachi 3:5
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment. And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers and adulterers and perjurers, against oppressors of the widowed and fatherless, and against those who defraud laborers of their wages and deny justice to the foreigner but do not fear Me, " says the LORD of Hosts.

Luke 18:2-5
"In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men. . . .

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

King James Bible
Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love graft and chase after bribes. They do not defend the rights of the fatherless, and the widow's case never comes before them.

International Standard Version
Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. All of them are lovers of bribes and are runners after gifts. They don't bring justice to orphans, and the widow's case never comes up for review in their court."

NET Bible
Your officials are rebels, they associate with thieves. All of them love bribery, and look for payoffs. They do not take up the cause of the orphan, or defend the rights of the widow.
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