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Exodus 23, vs. 9-13 with Betty

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9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:

11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.

12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

My Thoughts:

I believe that it is for the third time in the readings of the last week or so that we have run across the same rule from the Lord that is expressed in verse 9 of Exodus, Chapter 23. The Lord here reminds his people once again not to oppress strangers for they were strangers in the land of Egypt. (I am certain this was a well-needed order because I have often noted that when a person is downtrodden and later has a little power, it is in the nature of humans to abuse that power) The Lord foresees that this could happen and he cautions His people against such practices.

In the next few verses, the Lord tells them about land and animal husbandry, telling them to let their land rest in the seventh year and their animals and their animals and servants be allowed to rest on the seventh day, the same day in which they are to keep the Sabbath by not working themselves.

Betty Killebrew

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