Isaiah 1:17

17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.aTake up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Read Isaiah 1:17 Using Other Translations

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

What does Isaiah 1:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do well
Which men are naturally ignorant of; to do good they have no knowledge; nor can they that are accustomed to do evil learn to do well of themselves; but the Lord can teach them to profit, and of him they should ask wisdom, and desire, under the influence of his grace, to learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, and particularly to do acts of beneficence to all men, and especially to the household of faith; and also, the following ones, seek judgment;
seek to do justice between man and man in any cause depending, without respect of persons: relieve the oppressed;
the poor that are oppressed by their neighbours that are richer and mightier than they, right their wrongs, and deliver them out of the hands of their oppressors F9: judge the fatherless;
do justice to them who have none to take care of them, and defend them: plead for the widow;
that is desolate, and has none to plead her cause.


F9 Misn. Sabbat, c. 9. sect. 3. T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 67. 1,
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