September 18, 2010

the stranger, the widow, the orphan

Arizona BorderExodus 22:21-27:

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.

If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry;

and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor, and you shall not exact interest from him.

If ever you take your neighbor’s garment in pledge, you shall thw widow and the orphanrestore it to him before the sun goes down;

for that is his only covering, it is his mantle for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

Exodus 23:6-11

“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his suit.

Keep far from a false charge, and do not slay the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

“You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

“For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild beasts may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

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