Proverbs 31:9

9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Read Proverbs 31:9 Using Other Translations

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

What does Proverbs 31:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 31:9

Open thy mouth, judge righteously
Having heard the cause, pronounce a righteous sentence; deliver it freely and impartially, with all readiness and boldness, not caring for the censures of wicked and unjust men; and plead the cause of the poor and needy;
who are oppressed by the rich, cannot plead for themselves, nor fee others to plead for them; do thou do it freely and faithfully. Thus as Lemuel's mother cautions him against women and wine, she advises him to do the duties of his office in administering impartial justice to all, and particularly in being the advocate and judge of the indigent and distressed.

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