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Biblical References on Advocacy

Below is a partial list of biblical references on justice and advocacy. For a more comprehensive study consult a complete Concordance. In addition to the word "justice," you can broaden the list by looking up texts on hunger (hungry); alien(s); yoke; peace; mercy; plead; compassion; love; and other words that relate to the notion of justice and advocacy. Ron Sider's book, Cry Justice: The Bible on Hunger and Poverty, is another excellent source for biblical quotations.

  • Ex 3:1-12 God sends Moses to Pharaoh
  • Ex 16:1-30 Trust God to provide our needs
  • Ex 22:21-23 You shall not oppress the resident alien
  • Ex 23:1-9 Do not pervert/deny justice to your people
  • Lv 19:9-10 Leave gleanings for poor people
  • Lv 19:15-16 Judge with justice; do not take advantage
  • Dt 15:1-11 Sabbatical year and remission of debts
  • Dt 16:18-20 Justice, and only justice, shall you pursue
  • 2 Sam 12 Nathan condemns David
  • I Kg 21 Ahab's greed leads to the murder of Naboth
  • Ps 72 Prayer for the king to deliver oppressed people
  • Ps 82 God wants justice for the weak and destitute
  • Prov 21:13 Listen to the cry of poor people
  • Is 3:13-15 Elders and princes crush poor people
  • Is 5:1-17 The Lord is exalted by justice
  • Is 58:1-14 The true fasting that God desires
  • Jer 22;3 God commands the king to act with justice
  • Jer 22:11-17 Woe to the king who builds his house on injustice
  • Ez 22:23-31 Princes, priests, and prophets oppress poor people
  • Hos 4:1-11 Priests and people follow false goods and injustice
  • Amos 5:10-24 God despises the people's worship
  • Amos 8:4-8 Poor people are bought for a pair of sandals
  • Mic 6:6-8 What God truly requires
  • Mt 6:25-34 First seek God and God's justice
  • Mt 23:23 Woe to Scribes and Pharisees who neglect justice
  • Mt 25:31-46 "I was hungry and you gave me food"
  • Mk 6:30-44 Feeding the five thousand
  • Mk 10:17-22 The man with many possessions
  • Mk 12:28-34 The great commandment
  • Lk 4:16-21 Jesus sent to bring good news to the poor
  • Lk 10:25-37 Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Lk 14:12-14 Invite poor people to your dinner
  • Lk 16:19-31 The rich man and Lazarus
  • Lk 19:1-10 Jesus and Zacchaeus, the tax collector
  • Jn 8:1-11 The woman caught in adultery

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