Today, generally speaking, it is well known that justice is in favor of the rich and powerful, perverting it to most bitter wrong. As justice is sweet, so injustice is bitter to the victims. "Wormwood" is from a Hebrew root, to "execrate," on account of its bitter qualities. So today, the world’s justice system is also corrupted by being one-sided leaning toward the rich, the powerful, and to those who can afford the service of "brilliant" lawyers.
By: LOPE COLUMNA
- ...this is what the LORD says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor, or My anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably because of their evil deeds. (Jer 21:12)
- I will punish you according to what you have done--this is the LORD's declaration. I will kindle a fire in its forest that will consume everything around it.'" (Jer 21:14)
- Those who turn justice into wormwood throw righteousness to the ground. (Amo 5:7)
- For the LORD commands: The large house will be smashed to pieces, and the small house to rubble. (Amo 6:11)
- Do horses run on rock, or does someone plow it with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood. (Amo 6:12)
Today, generally speaking, it is well known that justice is in favor of the rich and powerful, perverting it to most bitter wrong. As justice is sweet, so injustice is bitter to the victims. "Wormwood" is from a Hebrew root, to "execrate," on account of its bitter qualities. So today, the world’s justice system is also corrupted by being one-sided leaning toward the rich, the powerful, and to those who can afford the service of brilliant lawyers.
From John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible. This seems to be spoken to lawmakers and judges, in whose hands is the administration of justice, and who often pervert it, as these did here addressed and complained of; that which was the most useful and salubrious, and so the most desirable to the commonwealth, namely, just judgment, was changed into the reverse, what was as bitter and as disagreeable as wormwood; or "hemlock," as it might be rendered, and as it is in Amo_6:12; even injustice. They leave off doing it among men: or rather, "leave it on the earth" (c); who cast it down to the ground, trampled upon it, and there left it; which is expressive not only of their neglect, but of their contempt of it; see Dan_8:12. -- Gill
- And an army was given to him against the daily sacrifice because of transgression, and it cast the truth to the ground. And it worked and succeeded. (Dan 8:12 MKJV)
- But the LORD of Hosts is exalted by His justice, and the holy God is distinguished by righteousness. (Isa 5:16)
- Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight. Woe to those mighty to drink wine, and brave men to mix strong drink; who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice. (Isa 5:21-23)
- Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes straw and as dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will become like something rotten and their blossoms will blow away like dust, for they have rejected the instruction of the LORD of Hosts, and they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 5:24)
- Therefore, the LORD's anger burns against His people. He raised His hand against them and struck them; the mountains quaked, and their corpses were like garbage in the streets. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised to strike. (Isa 5:25)
- Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, therefore the heart of people is filled with the desire to commit crime. (Ecc 8:11)
HERE IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
- You must not act unjustly when rendering judgment. Do not be partial to the poor or give preference to the rich; judge your neighbor fairly. (Lev 19:15)
NOTE: Bible verses used in this article is based on the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). If not, the quoted translation is mentioned.