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Proverbs 22:22-23 – Advocate for the Powerless

Summary

The Lord watches over the rights of the poor.

Analysis

If the poor are robbed or cheated in the courts, the Lord will take up their cause. The prophet Isaiah announces that the Lord is doing just that, understanding that this Proverbs text is now being actualized (Isaiah 3:13-15).

Proverbs 22:22-23


22 Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
   or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23 for the Lord pleads their cause
   and despoils of life those who despoil them.

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