Speak out (Prov 31:8-31:9)

“Speak out

For those who cannot speak.

Speak out

For the rights of all the destitute.

Speak out!

Judge righteously!

Defend the rights of the poor!

Defend the rights of the needy!”

This motherly advice ends on a strong call to speak out for those who cannot speak, the voiceless. Speak out for the destitute. The king was to judge righteously. He was to defend the rights of the poor and the needy.

Help the weak and needy (Ps 82:3-82:4)

“Give justice to the weak.

Give justice to the orphan.

Maintain the right of the lowly.

Maintain the right of the destitute.

Rescue the weak.

Rescue the needy.

Deliver them

From the hand of the wicked.”

The Temple prophet or priest spoke for God, saying that they should give justice to the weak and the orphans, a common theme in Israel. They had to maintain the lowly and the destitute. They had to rescue the weak and the needy from the hands of the wicked, which seemed to take advantage of them.