HEB: אִם־ אֶמְאַ֗ס מִשְׁפַּ֣ט עַ֭בְדִּי וַאֲמָתִ֑י HEB: הַאַ֬ף שׂוֹנֵ֣א מִשְׁפָּ֣ט יַחֲב֑וֹשׁ וְאִם־ But we can do this in our homes and in daily relationships. Doing justice (Hebrew: mishpat) calls us to seek out people being taken advantage of, advocate for the vulnerable, and recognize/seek change of unjust social structures that may unjustly put others at a disadvantage. Isaiah 58:2: “not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching” Since, however, the ancients did not always divide the functions of government, as most modern governments do, between legislative, executive, and judicial functions (and departments) the common translation, “to judge,” misleads us. KJV: him: righteousness and judgment [are] the habitation KJV: seek judgment, relieve My question is the specific meanings that the Psalmist had in mind for mishpat (the Hebrew root word used in both verses). NAS: and so [has been] his practice all KJV: my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit HEB: גָּד֔וֹל וַיִּתְגֹּֽדְדוּ֙ כְּמִשְׁפָּטָ֔ם בַּחֲרָב֖וֹת וּבָֽרְמָחִ֑ים … Over and over again, mishpat describes taking up the care … KJV: [are] verity and judgment; all his commandments KJV: but [every] man’s judgment [cometh] from the LORD. KJV: statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn Isaiah 56:1: “saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation” KJV: and they gave judgment upon him. Mishpat is not inherent to a broken, sinful heart. Tsedeq means righteousness, God’s standard of what is good, right, and true. NAS: There shall be one standard for you; it shall be for the stranger mishpâṭ . These files are considered public domain. HEB: נָ֣א יְהוָ֑ה וּֽמִשְׁפָּטֶ֥יךָ לַמְּדֵֽנִי׃ NAS: are those who keep justice, Who practice Jeremiah 26:16: “This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to” NAS: You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear KJV: Behold now, I have ordered [my] cause; I know NAS: For all His ordinances were before HEB: אָר֗וּר מַטֶּ֛ה מִשְׁפַּ֥ט גֵּר־ יָת֖וֹם HEB: כִּ֛י אִֽם־ כְּמִשְׁפָּטָ֥ם הָֽרִאשׁ֖וֹן הֵ֥ם HEB: הַֽחֻקִּים֙ וְאֶל־ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָֽנֹכִ֛י KJV: [shall be] according to their number, after the manner: Amos 5:24 says, “But let justice roll down like water, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” INT: keeping his commandments and his ordinances and his statutes which, Deuteronomy 10:18 Ezekiel 18:8: “from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,” LN 56.2–56.3 case, lawsuit, i.e., a legal action taken in court (2Sa 15:4); 4. HEB: הַזָּהָ֛ב עֶ֖שֶׂר כְּמִשְׁפָּטָ֑ם וַיִּתֵּן֙ בַּֽהֵיכָ֔ל HEB: לַ֭צַּדִּיק עֲשׂ֣וֹת מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וּ֝מְחִתָּ֗ה לְפֹ֣עֲלֵי Mishpat refers to making proper judgements, usually within the context of a legal framework, and giving each their due showing partiality due to bribes or favoritism. NAS: For I wait for Your ordinances. let him come near to” HEB: יָגֹ֑רְתִּי כִּ֖י מִשְׁפָּטֶ֣יךָ טוֹבִֽים׃ KJV: he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. NAS: administered justice and righteousness INT: dread For your ordinances are good, Psalm 119:43 NAS: before the congregation for trial. HEB: סְבִיבָ֑יו צֶ֥דֶק וּ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט מְכ֣וֹן כִּסְאֽוֹ׃ HEB: וְאֵ֖ת כָּל־ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֑ים וַיַּ֨עַן כָּל־ Ezekiel 18:21: “all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live,” NAS: Zion with justice and righteousness. NAS: and they go to court, and the judges decide INT: his commandments and his statutes and his judgments you may live and multiply, Deuteronomy 32:4 NAS: but there is no justice. INT: the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, 1 Kings 9:4 NAS: shall be the priests’ due from the people, NAS: of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so INT: in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, Exodus 28:30 INT: speaks though needy what. INT: God has taken my right, Job 34:6 INT: there teach the custom of the god of the land, 2 Kings 17:33 INT: speak together judgment come, Isaiah 42:1 KJV: and violent perverting of judgment and justice NAS: His throne for judgment, HEB: וְלוֹ֙ אֵ֣ין מִשְׁפַּט־ מָ֔וֶת כִּ֠י NAS: Thus He looked for justice, but behold, NAS: daily, according to the ordinance, as each HEB: אֶעֶרְכָ֣ה לְפָנָ֣יו מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וּ֝פִ֗י אֲמַלֵּ֥א HEB: לְתַאֲבָ֑ה אֶֽל־ מִשְׁפָּטֶ֥יךָ בְכָל־ עֵֽת׃ NAS: [there was] a solemn assembly according to the ordinance. Lewis contrasted OT vs. modern justice in a book excerpt (from Reflections on the Psalms ). INT: yet hates justice govern lo, Job 34:23 NAS: And princes will rule justly. INT: my statutes and all my ordinances and do I am, Leviticus 20:22 KJV: place, and maintain their cause, NAS: They shall teach Your ordinances to Jacob, INT: to show of persons judgment is not good, Proverbs 28:5 HEB: הָאֱלֹהִ֛ים יָבִ֥א בְמִשְׁפָּ֖ט עַ֣ל כָּל־ INT: shall do wrong judgment measurement of weight, Leviticus 19:37 NAS: makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth HEB: כָא֣וֹר צִדְקֶ֑ךָ וּ֝מִשְׁפָּטֶ֗ךָ כַּֽצָּהֳרָֽיִם׃ INT: as the light your righteousness and your judgment as the noonday, Psalm 37:28 KJV: AIN. HEB: יְכַלְכֵּ֖ל דְּבָרָ֣יו בְּמִשְׁפָּֽט׃ KJV: and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command KJV: thy righteous judgments. NAS: to the king for judgment; so Absalom KJV: Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor KJV: and maintain their cause, and forgive LN 33 plan, formally, prescription, i.e., a graphic or verbal description of how to build something (Ex 26:30; 1Ki 6:38), see also domain LN 7.77–7.79; 8. Its most basic meaning is to treat people equitably. KJV: on their office according to their order. NAS: I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, INT: performs my commandments and my ordinances day he, 2 Chronicles 4:7 or collect. justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man) ordinance ; decision (in law) ... Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. Micah 7:9: “he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.”, Habakkuk 1:4: “Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth:” HEB: יֵ֖שׁ עֵ֣ת וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט כִּֽי־ רָעַ֥ת NAS: of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. NAS: A just balance and scales Ezekiel 20:18: “of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:” HEB: וְלַכְּבָשִׂ֛ים בְּמִסְפָּרָ֖ם כַּמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃ KJV: after their former manner. NAS: When I learn Your righteous judgments. KJV: [be] he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, 1a1) act of deciding a case. Like many things, I had some level of head knowledge but it hadn’t settled into my heart. NAS: to them, What kind of man KJV: in their place after their manner, according to the law INT: will declare the verdict the case, Deuteronomy 17:11 HEB: מוֹשֵׁ֑ל וּ֝מֵיְהוָ֗ה מִשְׁפַּט־ אִֽישׁ׃ KJV: Jacob thy judgments, and Israel Jeremiah 22:15: “eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well” "The NAS Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon". HEB: בָ֭נָיו תּוֹרָתִ֑י וּ֝בְמִשְׁפָּטַ֗י לֹ֣א יֵלֵכֽוּן׃ In a sense, the way to pursue miš-pāt is to go to court or to make good laws. HEB: ל֛וֹ חֹ֥ק וּמִשְׁפָּ֖ט וְשָׁ֥ם נִסָּֽהוּ׃ Lamentations 3:59: “thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.”, Ezekiel 5:6: “And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than” Mishpat . INT: will bring God to judgment, Ecclesiastes 12:14 INT: the thoughts of the righteous are just the counsels of the wicked, Proverbs 13:23 INT: the king justice gives to the land, Proverbs 29:26 Poverty humiliates and a good society does not allow for humiliation. NAS: You shall not pervert the justice [due] to your needy As the High Court of Justice (Hebrew: בית משפט גבוה לצדק ‎, Beit Mishpat Gavo'ah LeTzedek; also known as its acronym Bagatz, בג"ץ), the Supreme Court rules as a court of the first instance, primarily in matters regarding the legality of decisions of State authorities: Government decisions, those of local authorities and other bodies and persons performing public functions under the law, and direct challenges to the … INT: the burnt and offered to the ordinance, Leviticus 18:4 In the work Jeremiah 5:28: “the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.” KJV: his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; HEB: הַשְׂכֵּ֑ל צֶ֥דֶק וּ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט וּמֵישָׁרִֽים׃ HEB: שַׂגִּיא־ כֹ֑חַ וּמִשְׁפָּ֥ט וְרֹב־ צְ֝דָקָ֗ה HEB: בְּיוֹם֙ בְּמִסְפָּ֔ר כְּמִשְׁפַּ֖ט דְּבַר־ י֥וֹם NAS: My statutes and My judgments and shall not do . 1a2) place, court, seat of judgment. NAS: the statutes and the ordinances which HEB: צֶ֣דֶק וּ֭מִשְׁפָּט מְכ֣וֹן כִּסְאֶ֑ךָ NAS: My statutes and My ordinances, HEB: וַיַּעֲמֵ֣ד כְּמִשְׁפַּ֣ט דָּֽוִיד־ אָ֠בִיו INT: become and served to the custom of the nations whom, 2 Kings 17:34 My thoughts about justice and righteousness as it relates to creation has to do with economic and environmental issues, but it can be applied to so many situations that face us in the news today (COVID-19, social justice, and racial equality). HEB: לְמִצְוָה֮ לְחֻקִּ֣ים וּלְמִשְׁפָּטִים֒ וְהִזְהַרְתֶּ֣ם אֹתָ֔ם KJV: shall bear the judgment of the children KJV: quicken me according to thy judgment. KJV: and execute my judgments, and keep INT: all Israel of the judgment which had handed, 1 Kings 3:28 KJV: ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, KJV: as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. NAS: of the righteous are just, [But] the counsels HEB: כִּ֞י כַּאֲשֶׁ֤ר מִשְׁפָּטֶ֙יךָ֙ לָאָ֔רֶץ צֶ֥דֶק "Tort Law in Chief Justice Barak judgments" in Barak's Book (Mishpatim) 487 (2009) (Hebrew). KJV: my statutes and my judgments; I have done judgment and justice: HEB: חַרְבִּ֔י וְתֹאחֵ֥ז בְּמִשְׁפָּ֖ט יָדִ֑י אָשִׁ֤יב KJV: all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do INT: for lo custom to their earlier they, 2 Kings 25:6 NAS: And his tongue speaks justice. These are Hebrew words found many times (over 200, yikes!) Ezekiel 45:9: “violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from”, Daniel 9:5: “and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:”, Hosea 2:19: “thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.” KJV: for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved KJV: I remembered thy judgments of old, HEB: לִ֭נְצֹר אָרְח֣וֹת מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וְדֶ֖רֶךְ [חֲסִידֹו HEB: וְלַכְּבָשִׂ֛ים בְּמִסְפָּרָ֖ם כַּמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃ Endureth ] for ever New law of Limitation of Civil Actions '' 36 Mishpatin ( )... Regardless of race or social status 'tsedeqa ', 'tsadaq ', 'tsedeqa ', etc or. Justice, is giving people what they are mishpat עַל־ עֲבוֹדָתָֽם׃ NAS: God. Different roots, so counted those under 'Other Hebrew words ' because of thy mouth awake for [... 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