Proverbs 31:8-9 Meaning of Speak up for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

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.”

Explanation and Commentary on Proverbs 31:8-9

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What this Bible verse is saying and what it means is upholding the truth, follow the truth and fight to make the truth stand. In the biblical context, upholding the truth is synonymous with avoiding cheating and sponsoring the fight for justice.

Romans 12:15-16
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

Rejoicing with those who are mourning is a symbol of peace and love. It is like standing for those who cannot stand up for themselves, being there, and letting them feel the love.

It is true we might not have the power to go to the court and fight for the needy if go by the verse literally but we can still help those who are in destitute. They need someone who could help provide for the rest of the little things that they can get. No matter what, we can always extend love to them and let them feel loved.

Here is a great 8-minute video that will make you an expert on the book of Proverbs.

Biblical Translations of Proverbs 31:8-9

NIV
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.

NLT
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

ESV
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

KJV
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

NKJV
Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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