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Zechariah 7:9-11

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear.

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  • reynard61

    “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear.”

    Sounds like Zechariah had to deal with the Tea Party in his time too.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Everyone always does. There appears to always be a certain percentage of people who are hateful bullies no matter what. That percentage can be decreased or increased through education and culture, but they’ll always be with us in some form. They can be controlled pretty easily, though, since bullies are cowards. Unfortunately, in the U.S., we coddle them while kicking their victims in the head repeatedly.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    This is a great example of the prophetic literature, and why I reject the Mean God/Cuddly God OT/NT characterisation, or the suggestion that the Old Testament provides nothing of value to my religion. It’s a pity that reading these passages is dramatically less popular than pointing to verses that indicate hypocrisy or values dissonance. Negativity always outsells inspiration.