Justice and your enemy (Ex 23:1-23:9)

“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 law-suit.”

You should not spread a false report.  Do not be a wicked malicious witness.  You must not follow the wrongdoing majority.  Already you are told not to be part of group think.  There is a lot of talk about laws and law suits.

“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.”

Bring back your enemies ox or donkey if they are lost.  The same goes if you see them stuck, set them free.

“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits.  Keep far away from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and those in the right.   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.”

You shall not pervert justice for the poor.  Keep far away from a false charge. Do not take bribes.  Finally, do not oppress the resident alien because you know the heart of an alien because of your time in Egypt.                

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