Isaiah 1:17

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Learne to doe well, seeke iudgement, relieue the oppressed, iudge the fatherlesse, plead for the widow.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take pleasure in well-doing; let your ways be upright, keep down the cruel, give a right decision for the child who has no father, see to the cause of the widow.
- Basic English Bible

learn to do well: seek judgment, gladden the oppressed, do justice to the fatherless, plead for the widow.
- Darby Bible

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
- Webster's Bible

Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Judge the fatherless. Plead for the widow."
- World English Bible

Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive [for] the widow.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 1:17


1:17 Learn - Begin to live soberly, righteously, and godly. Judgment - Shew your religion to God, by practising justice to men. Judge - Defend and deliver them.


Discussion for Isaiah 1

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 3:5 TRUST IN THE LORD WITH --ALL THINE HEART--AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING ACTS 24:25 AND AS HE REASONED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TEMPERANCE AND JUDGEMENT TO COME FELIX TREMBLED AND ANSWERED GO THY WAY FOR THIS TIME WHEN I HAVE A CONVENIENT SEASON I WILL CALL FOR THEE PROVEERBS 12:17 HE THAT SPEAKETH TRUTH SHOWETH FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESSBUT A FALSE WITNESS DECEIT----LOGIC ???
  • A disciple
    Melody; Very good question! Its like how Jesus said in Matthew 5:25, to be in a good mind and agreeable toward your adversary that you not be brought before the Judge. The definition for "reason" is: to think through logically, as a problem; to think or argue in a logical manner; to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises. This is about our acknowledging the truth.
  • Melody williams
    My bible study is doing Isaiah, we answer questions, and I have a question? what does it mean to reason with God?
  • A disciple
    Hi Jim; I once heard, that "Temptations won't cease till we're 15 minutes dead!" The difference that the Father has put between us and those who will not hear Jesus' voice, is the good and honest heart which acknowledges the truth, bows its head and says O Lord, be merciful to me the sinner! Jesus forgives us the sins and sets us free, and gives us grace and His Spirit to be holy and steadfast.
  • Jim
    Did the people ever feel guilt from their sins? I think we all have battled the temptations of sin early in our salvation, til guilt and shame finally overwhelms our lives and existence. The yoke of sin becomes heavy and finally we fall, look up and give it all to the Lord.
    (Matt 11:29) Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • Mama
    The people in this passage were playing a game with God. They went through the motions, prayed, and even went to church. God said "I won't hear you." Still, he told them how to change. Learn to do good.

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