Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. -Proverbs 31:8 NLT

Over the centuries the idea of justice has taken on different forms. A presidential candidate recently reminded us that some envision it as an eye for an eye thinking that justice is all about payback. You hit me and I hit you back. Others see justice in more of a Western Civilization way. In a courtroom empaneled with a judge and jury. Yet others see it differently.

In this proverb we read of justice being carried out not by judges and juries but by defenders. People who speak up for the marginalized. For those who have been oppressed and crushed under the heels of people and world systems. This justice does not comes cheap as those who would speak up for those who cannot risk being crushed themselves.

Empanel us as holy defenders Lord. Give us words to speak that would bring justice.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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