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Old Testament Index

Here’s a selection of biblical passages in the Old Testament that relate to themes of justice, peace, food security, generosity, creation, God’s providence,  and more.

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Genesis 1-2 The story of creation
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Genesis 9:1-17  God’s covenant with Noah
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Genesis 18:1-15  Abram offers hospitality to strangers
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Genesis 42-45  Joseph helps avert famine in Egypt
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Exodus 3:7-10  Moses is called by God
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Exodus 16:2-15  God provides manna in the wilderness
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Exodus 17:1-7  God provides water from a rock
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Leviticus 19:9-10  Leaving the gleanings of the harvest for the poor
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Leviticus 19:33-34  Hospitality to the outsider
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Leviticus 23:22  Leaving the gleanings of the harvest for the poor
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Leviticus 25  The sabbatical year and the year of jubilee
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Nehemiah 5:1-13  Nehemiah speaks out against economic injustice
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Deuteronomy 8  Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God
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Deuteronomy 10:12-22; 11  What does the Lord require of you?
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Deuteronomy 14:22-29  Setting aside a tithe
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Deuteronomy 15:4-11 Generosity toward the poor and needy
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Deuteronomy 16:9-15  The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths
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Deuteronomy 26  First fruits; celebrating what God has done
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Deuteronomy 30  God’s faithfulness; exhortation to choose life
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Ruth 3-4  Ruth and Boaz
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1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah’s song of thanksgiving
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1 Samuel 16:7  God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance
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2 Samuel 12:1-15  The rich man who steals the poor man’s pet lamb
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1 Kings 17:1-16  Elijah and the widow of Zarephath
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2 Kings 4:1-7  Elisha and the widow’s oil
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2 Kings 4:38-44  Elisha’s miracles with food
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Job 24  Why doesn’t God act against those who oppress others?
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Psalm 1  Blessed are those who delight in God’s law
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Psalm 8  How majestic is God’s name in all the earth
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Psalm 9  God is a stronghold for the oppressed
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Psalm 10  Prayer for deliverance
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Psalm 12  Plea for help in evil times
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Psalm 13  How long, O Lord?
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Psalm 14  God is a refuge for the poor
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Psalm 19  The heavens are telling the glory of God
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Psalm 22  A plea for deliverance from suffering
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Psalm 22:25-31  The poor shall eat and be satisfied
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Psalm 23  The Lord is my shepherd
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Psalm 24:1-2  The earth is the Lord’s
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Psalm 34  Taste and see that God is good
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Psalm 37  Do not fret because of the wicked; trust in God and do good
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Psalm 41:1-2  God blesses those who care for the poor
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Psalm 49  The folly of trusting in riches
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Psalm 63  Thirsting for God
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Psalm 65  Thanksgiving to God for earth’s bounty
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Psalm 66  Come and see what God has done
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Psalm 67  The nations praise God; God has blessed us
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Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35  Let God arise! God provides for those in need
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Psalm 72  Prayer for those in power
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Psalm 78:1-39  God provides food for God’s people in the wilderness
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Psalm 82  A plea for justice
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Psalm 85  Restore us again, O God
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Psalm 92  The righteous flourish, produce fruit
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Psalm 95  An invitation to worship God, the Creator
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Psalm 97  The glory of God’s name; God loves those who hate evil
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Psalm 100  Shout with joy to God; acknowledge God as creator
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Psalm 103  Bless God, O my soul
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Psalm 104  God as Creator and Provider; the eyes of all look to You
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Psalm 107  Thanksgiving for deliverance
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Psalm 111  Praise for the wonderful works of God
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Psalm 113  Who is like God, the helper of the needy?
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Psalm 119  Living according to God’s Word
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Psalm 126  God has done great things; a harvest of joy
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Psalm 130  Out of the depths I cry; put your hope in God
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Psalm 145  The eyes of all look to God, who gives them food in due season
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Psalm 146  Blessed are those whose help and hope is in God
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Psalm 147:12-20  Praise God, who cares and provides for his people
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Psalm 148  All creation praises God
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Isaiah 1:10-20, 27-31  Learn to do good; seek justice
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Isaiah 2:1-5  Swords into ploughshares
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Isaiah 9:2-7  The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light
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Isaiah 11  The peaceful kingdom
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Isaiah 24  Impending judgment on the earth
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Isaiah 25:6-9  God prepares a feast for all people
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Isaiah 35  The return of the redeemed to Zion
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Isaiah 40  God’s people are comforted
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Isaiah 41:17-20  God helps the poor
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Isaiah 42  God’s Chosen One brings justice
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Isaiah 49  Freeing prisoners; God’s compassion
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Isaiah 55:1-2  Invitation to abundant life
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Isaiah 55:8-11  God’s Word does not return empty
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Isaiah 56  God’s covenant extends to all who obey
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Isaiah 58:1-12  True and false worship
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Isaiah 61  Good news to the poor and oppressed
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Isaiah 65:17-25  New heavens and new earth
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Jeremiah 22:1-3  Act with justice
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Jeremiah 29:4-7  Seek the welfare of the city  to which you are sent
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Jeremiah 31:7-14  Gathering the remnants from all over
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Jeremiah 31:27-34  A new covenant, written on hearts
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Ezekiel 34  Israel’s false shepherds
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Joel 2:21-28  You shall eat and be satisfied; God’s Spirit poured out
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Amos 5:10-15, 21-24  Seek good and not evil; let justice roll down
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Amos 6  Woe to the rich and self-indulgent
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Amos 8  Warning to those who trample on the poor and needy
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Micah 3  Woe to wicked prophets and leaders
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Micah 6:1-8  What does God require?
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Habakkuk 1  How long? Justice prevails
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Habakkuk 3:17-19  Trust and joy in the midst of trouble
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