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Week 11 Day 2
Be sensitive to the feelings and needsof the poor
Treat the poor with kindnessAlways remember you were slaves in Egypt and let that memory make you kind to others in unfortunate circumstances.A man was freed from his military obligations during the first year of his marriage He was to stay home and make his wife happy a strange thing to say in a patriarchal setting What it really means is make your wife pregnant A woman who bears a child was greatly valued by their society and hence receives happiness through giving birthBut the important thing was that a man's seed continue and that he not die before having children to carry on his name. RULES FOR EVERYDAY LIVING Remember your past and be compassionate. Deuteronomy 24
5"When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go to war or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, and bring happiness to his wife. 6"No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone in pledge, for he takes one's living in pledge. 7"If a man is found kidnapping any of his brethren, and mistreats him or sells him, then that kidnapper shall die; and you shall put away the evil from among you. 8"Take heed in an outbreak of leprosy, that you carefully observe and do according to all the priests and the Levites shall teach you; so you shall be careful to do. 10"When you lend your brother anything, do not go into his house to get his pledge. 22Stand outside, and the man shall bring the pledge out to you. 12 If the man is poor, do not keep his pledge overnight. 13Return the pledge to him when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own garment and bless you; it shall be righteousness to you before the Lord your God. 14"Do not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether one of your brethren or one of the aliens in your land. 15Each day you shall give him his wages, and not let the sun go down on it, for he is poor and has set his heart on it; lest he cry out to the Lord, and it be sin to you. 16"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin. 17"Do not pervert justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow's garment as a pledge. 18But remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and the Lord redeemed you; therefore I command you to do this thing. 19"When you reap your harvest, and forget a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20When you beat your olive trees, do not go over the boughs again, it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. 21When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. 22Remember that you were a slave in Egypt; therefore do this thing." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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