Sunday, March 3, 2013

Exploring the Commandments Part 9.1-Relationships



For the backstory of what this blog series is on and why it has been written, check out part 1 and part 2 of the series. The original list of all 613 commandments in their textual order that I used came from the site Hebrew4Christians. <http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Taryag/taryag.html> 


The Bible has a lot to say on relationships. If you have a relationship with someone poorer than you, you shouldn't treat them poorly or humiliate them. We should help them, not hate them.


# 8 Commandments Concerning Servants/Inferiors: When I sorted the commandments, I came up with 12 about Servants/Inferiors.
 

1.    Don’t humiliate those who are poor. Give them meaningful work (Lev. 25:39, 43)
 

2.    Help, not hate/shame/take vengeance upon, your neighbors (Lev. 19:16-18)
 
We are to treat our leaders well, not join a group to do evil, gossip/slander, or lie to protect evil/pervert justice. If someone does evil, we are to rebuke them, no matter their age. If we have information for a trial, we are to testify and testify correctly. Judges are to be fair.

# 9 Commandments Concerning Judges: When I sorted the commandments, I came up with 40 about Judges and Justice.
 

1.    Don’t curse our political leaders (Exo. 22:27)
 

2.    Don’t be evil or join a group to do evil (Exo. 23:2)
 

3.    Don’t gossip. (Lev. 19:16, Exo. 23:1)
 

4.    Correct those who err (Lev. 19:17)
 

5.    Testify truthfully and assist justice (Exo. 20:16, 23:1-2, Lev. 5:1, 10:15)
 

6.    Judges, judge fairly (Deut. 1:17)

7.    Don't corrupt justice (Lev. 19:15)

Parsons, John J.. "Taryag Mitzvot 613 Commandments of Torah." Hebrew4Christians. Web. 2004. <http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Taryag/taryag.html>.

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