ISSL Reflections January 16 2022 Exodus 23:1–12 Post 2

Let’s pick up where we left off the other day – noting the people (individuals or groups) mentioned in this passage.

Exodus 23:1-12 (New Revised Standard Version)

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness. You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit.

When you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey going astray, you shall bring it back.

When you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden and you would hold back from setting it free, you must help to set it free.

You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits. Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and those in the right, for I will not acquit the guilty. 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 resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens 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, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild animals may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.

Who do you see –
You/Me, the wicked, a majority, the poor, your enemy, one who you hates you, the innocent, those in the right, the officials, resident alien, and slave.

It even goes beyond those –
Your land, vineyard, olive orchard, ox, donkey, wild animals and even time (days, years) is brought to your attention.

What characterizes the way we are to act toward each of those?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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