Zechariah 8:16

16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;

Zechariah 8:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
ESV
16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;
NLT
16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace.
MSG
16 And now here's what I want you to do: Tell the truth, the whole truth, when you speak. Do the right thing by one another, both personally and in your courts.
CSB
16 These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; render honest and peaceful judgments in your gates.

Zechariah 8:16 Meaning and Commentary

Zechariah 8:16

These [are] the things that ye shall do
Which were duties incumbent on them, and which it became them to perform, under a sense of the favours bestowed on them, to show their gratitude to God, and that they might glorify him: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour;
not using deceit, prevarication, and lying, ( Ephesians 4:25 ) and it becomes every man under the Gospel dispensation, according to the gift he has received, to speak, publish, and declare the truth of the Gospel, to the edification of others: execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates;
that is, execute true judgment, as in ( Zechariah 7:9 ) do justice between man and man, without respect of persons; the issue of which will be peace between the contending parties: and this was to be done in their "gates", because there their courts of judicature were kept.

Zechariah 8:16 In-Context

14 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the LORD Almighty,
15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.
16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;
17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD.
18 The word of the LORD Almighty came to me.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 15:2; S Jeremiah 33:16; S Ephesians 4:25
  • 2. S Ezekiel 18:8
  • 3. S Ezekiel 45:9; S Amos 5:15; S Zechariah 7:9
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