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A great quotation to summarize the past week’s reflections:

God’s ‘judging’ (saphat) does not mean an abstract, neutral, judicial act, but an active, saving rearranging of broken relationships. In the context of justice, this means ‘to save from oppression’, to liberate, to rescue…This means that in the Bible we should not associate the words ‘judging’, ‘justice’, ‘righteousness’ with the Greek and Roman traditions, i.e., with either judicial institutions or abstract virtues of individuals but rather with God’s community-building and protecting power.

From Ulrich Duchrow and Gerhard Liedke, Shalom: Biblical Perspectives on Creation, Justice & Peace (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1989), p. 78.

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