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The biblical injunction: ‘Justice, justice shall you pursue’ (Deuteronomy 16: 20), addressed originally to judges and those who appoint them, became a key text in Judaism for the pursuit of justice by all in daily living. The repetition of the word denotes a passion for justice, as if the cry is: ‘Justice, only justice, shall you pursue.’ The pursuit of justice is urged throughout the Bible. Of the prophets, Amos in particular calls on his own people and the surrounding nations to practise justice. Amos declares: ‘Let justice well up like water, righteousness like an unfailing stream’ (Amos 5: 24). The patriarch Abraham, when pleading on behalf of Sodom, challenges God Himself to practise justice: ‘Shall not the judge of all the earth deal justly?’ (Genesis 18: 25).

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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