Proverbs 31: 8-9 ” Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

The Hebrew word used here for “speak up” is quite literally, “Open your mouth!”  We are to not only speak up for the poor and needy, but be willing to contend for them with honesty and integrity.   Proverbs 29:7 tells us that the righteous care about justice for the poor… and showing that we care means speaking up.

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