Bible Verses about Justice

What does the Bible say about justice? Is social justice a biblical doctrine? Justice is mentioned frequently throughout the Bible as God calls us to live in truth and righteousness. We can have peace knowing that God will prevail and evil will be dealt with. Romand 12:19 tells us that vengeance belongs to God and he will repay the injustice of the world.

Learn more about what the Bible teaches about justice in the Scriptures below. May this collection of Bible verses give insight into the biblical truth of justice and judgment.

Isaiah 1:17-18 NIV

17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. 18 "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

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Micah 6:8-9 NIV

8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. 9 Listen! The Lord is calling to the city- and to fear your name is wisdom- "Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.

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Romans 12:19-20 NIV

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

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Proverbs 21:15 NIV

15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

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Proverbs 24:24-25 NIV

24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. 25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.

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Proverbs 28:5 NIV

5 Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

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Psalm 37:27-29 NIV

27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. 28 For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed ; the offspring of the wicked will perish. 29 The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

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Psalm 106:3 NIV

3 Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.

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Amos 5:24 NIV

24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

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Isaiah 30:18 NIV

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

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Isaiah 61:8 NIV

8 "For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.

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Zechariah 7:9 NIV

9 "This is what the Lord Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

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Leviticus 19:15 NIV

15 " 'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

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Ecclesiastes 3:17 NIV

17 I said to myself, "God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed."

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Luke 18:1-8 NIV

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!' " 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

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