Exodus, chapter 23

1 You shall not repeat a false report. Do not join your hand with the wicked to be a witness supporting violence.a

2 You shall not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When testifying in a lawsuit, you shall not follow the crowd in perverting justice.

You shall not favor the poor in a lawsuit.b

4 When you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey going astray, you must see to it that it is returned.c

5 When you notice the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you should not desert him; you must help him with it.

You shall not pervert justice for the needy among you in a lawsuit.

7 You shall keep away from anything dishonest. The innocent and the just you shall not put to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

8 Never take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and distorts the words of the just.d

9 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you well know how it feels to be an alien, since you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.e

via Exodus, chapter 23.

Poking around looking for something else, and the two bolded parts jumped out at me.


3 thoughts on “Exodus, chapter 23”

  1. Huh, I had forgotten that was there too.

    Which is funny because the usual narrative is that nobody liked the poor until Christians came along. Hmm… life is always richer and more complex than we thought eh?

    1. There’s a reason it’s called Judeo-Christian…and the urge to help people at no cost to yourself is pretty dang strong, especially when it will hurt someone you’re probably jealous of.

  2. Interesting coincidence. This was in the Office of Readings on Sunday and those same lines jumped out at me as well. Really getting at the idea of do what’s right because it’s right, not because of someone’s position or situation. You can go off the road both to the left and the right.

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