I think that this is an interesting comparison made by Leon F. Seltzer at Psychology Today [read more here].
- Revenge is predominantly emotional; justice primarily rational.
- Revenge is, by nature, personal; justice is impersonal, impartial,
and both a social and legal phenomenon.
- Revenge is an act of vindictiveness; justice, of vindication.
- Revenge is about cycles; justice about closure.
- Revenge is about retaliation; justice about restoring balance.
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)I love the way that these verses paint a picture of justice that is restorative in nature.
This is what the LORD says: “Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed.” (Jeremiah 21:12)
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Administer true justice: show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah 7:9)
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. ( Isaiah 30:18)