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Jeremiah 22:3

Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

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  • Fusina

    One of our readings today. Much the same thing, only different.

    Isaiah 1:10-20
    Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation– I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them. When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

  • dongisselbeck

    Of course stealing wages can’t possibly be robbery and if you’re near someone who could be mistaken for a terrorist your blood can’t be innocent.

  • I went to look at the context of this, assuming it had something to do with the tabernacle, or a holy place, and thinking to say something like “Man, what if we considered all places holy?”

    Nope! This is law that applies to an entire city. …wouldn’t it be nice.