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God has a special concern for orphans (Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalms 68:5), and he wants his people to have similar concern (Deuteronomy 26:12; James 1:27). In circumstances where orphans are left poor or defenceless, people who are cruel or greedy can easily take unfair advantage of them (Exodus 22:22; Job 24:3; Job 24:9; Isaiah 10:2; Jeremiah 5:28). Although God will punish the oppressors (Deuteronomy 27:19; Psalms 10:12-15; Malachi 3:5), he expects his people to defend the oppressed against injustice (Deuteronomy 24:17; Job 29:12). He also expects them to help provide the needy with the necessities for everyday living (Deuteronomy 16:14; Job 31:16-17).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Orphan'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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