Environmental Justice in the Bible

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Hebrew Scriptures



"As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."  God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." (NRSV Genesis 9:9-16)




But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.  Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being. (NRSV Job 12:7-10)

No doubt about it, but God reveals wonders, and does great deeds that we cannot understand.  When He says to the snow, "Fall on the earth," or tells the rain to pour down in torrents, He brings all men's strivings to a standstill so that each must acknowledge His hand at work.  (Job 37: 5-7)



Stand and consider the wondrous works of God! (Job 37:14)





Psalm 8 - Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!  You have set your majesty above the heavens!

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have drawn a defense against your foes, to silence enemy and avenger.

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place --

What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:

All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!



The earth is the Lord's and all it holds, the world and those who live there.  For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers.  (Psalm 24:1-2)

The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with goodness. (Psalm 33:5)

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. (NRSV Psalm 42:1)





For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains.  I know every bird of the heavens; the creatures of the field belong to me.  (Psalm 50: 10-11)









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Some of the quotations contained herein are from The New American Bible, copyright © 1970

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