Justice and Fairness

Exodus 23:1-12 NIV  “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.  (2)  “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,  (3)  and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.  (4)  “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it.  (5)  If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.  (6)  “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.  (7)  Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.  (8)  “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.  (9)  “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.  (10)  “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops,  (11)  but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.  (12)  “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.

Exodus 23:1-12 NIV 






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