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The Book Of Exodus Chapter 23 (17 of 26)
Harley Howard

This chapter continues with various laws and statutes
given to govern the nation Israel.

Read vss 1

Perjury and slander was not to be tolerated in the
camp. Also joining company with those who were guilty
of the same sins were not to be tolerated. This is the
meaning of joining of the hands.

Read vs 2

You were not to be influenced by the crowd as to
divert the truth or to twist justice, no matter how
many people were involved in a lie. The truth must be
the greater influence over the people. In matters of
legal justice, the truth must be told. Isn't it
surprising how many will follow a lie because others
are doing it? People feel pressured to follow and tell
lies about someone because others are telling it,
rather than to tell the truth. We are prone to slander
another man or woman's character even if we have no
knowledge of the facts. That was not to be done in

Read vs 3

There was to be no favoritism to the poor nor to the
rich. Justice is supposed to be blind, not the truth.

Read vs 4

Even in matters relating to one's enemy, the Jew was
to show care. If a man's ox or donkey was loose and it
belonged to your enemy, you were obligated to bring it
back to him. The word enemy could refer to the
adversary in the matter of legal dealings described in
verses 1-2.

5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying
under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him,
thou shalt surely help with him.

Even if the person despised him, he was to help his ox
or donkey with their burden. The legal matters between
an individual was no excuse to take it out on the
man's livestock which had nothing to do with the men
at all. Who knows what this act of kindness may do
between the two men themselves.

6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his

Again, as in verse 3, justice was to be fair and
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