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Does the Lord
care whether or not we are prompt in paying the poor?
"Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether
he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy
gates: at his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down
upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry
against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee." Deut. 24:14, 15.
What is said of
the hire of the laborers which is kept back by the rich men of the last days?
"Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields,
which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have
reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth." James 5:4.
With whom are
they classed who defraud the laborer of his hire?
"And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness
against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false
swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages."
Will any of
these enter the new Jerusalem?
"For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Rev.
How does the
Bible reprove those who stint their laborers?
"For the Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that
treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward." 1
Tim. 5:18. "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the
wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the
morning." Lev. 19:13.
responsible for the loss by theft of goods that were entrusted to our care?
"If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be
brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbor's
goods." "And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution
unto the owner thereof. If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it for
witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn." Ex. 22:8, 12, 13.
Do we become
debtors through our own negligence?
"If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or
the standing corn, or the field be consumed therewith; he that kindled the
fire shall surely make restitution." Ex. 22:6.
If a man
wantonly or with malice aforethought, commits injury or entails loss, what
redress is required of him?
"If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in
his beast, and shall feed in another man's field; of the best of his own
field, and of the best of his own vine- yard, shall he make restitution."
Does God's code
hold us responsible for what we borrow?
"And if a man borrow aught of his neighbor, and it be hurt, or die, the
owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good. But if the
owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be a hired thing, it
came for his hire." Ex. 22:14, 15.
What is said
concerning those who lend upon usury?
"Thou shalt not lend upon usury [exorbitant
interest] to thy brother, usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of
anything that is lent upon usury." Deut. 23:19.
Do we owe one
another even deeds of kindness?
"If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt
surely bring it back to him again. 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." Ex. 23:4, 5.
How does the
apostle Paul cover the whole subject?
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no many
anything, but to love one another." Rom. 13:7, 8.