“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.
And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
You shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide.
And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates.
“You shall not pervert justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge.
“When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.
When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.
“When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year—the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled,
then you shall say before the Lord your God: ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.
‘Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, And you undermine your friend.
You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox as a pledge.
“Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.
Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it
If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the gate;
But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You
are the helper of the fatherless.
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless.
The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
To rob the needy of justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless.
They have grown fat, they are sleek; Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the fatherless; Yet they prosper, And the right of the needy they do not defend.
if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt,
Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.
Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; And let your widows trust in Me.”
In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
Assyria shall not save us, We will not ride on horses, Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’ For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’
Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father doing and so He cared for the strangers (e.g.Samaritan woman the Syro-Phonecian woman) for the sick, for the bottom of society (blind, deaf, dumb, lepers, prostitute) for the worst (Zachaeus the hated tax collector) for the demonised etc. He raised the widow’s son from death. He identifies strongly with those who are strangers, sick, hungry oppressed, and asks us His children to do likewise. To reflect His heart, to be His hands.
Question: Knowing all this, does He care about you?