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Bible ethics

by Joseph Krauskopf

Excerpt:

Our own natures are bettered by our trouble in taking care of the welfare of others.

"Take not away the life you can not give,

For all things have an equal right to live."—Dryden.

Prove the truth of the above from the following or other stories in the Bible. Examples: Genesis xiv. 1-24; Genesis xviii. 1-8; Genesis xix. 1-4; Exodus ii. 1-21.

1. Deliver those that are taken unto death, and those that are moved away to the slaughter hold back. (Proverbs xxiv. 11.)

2. And when you spread forth your hands, I will withdraw my eyes from you, yea, when you make ever so many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood. (Isaiah i. 15.)

3. No man shall take to pledge, the nether or the upper millstone, for he taketh a man's life to pledge. (Deuteronomy xxiv. 6.)

4. When thou buildest a new house, thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof; that thou bring not blood upon thy house, if any one were to fall from there. (Deuteronomy xxii. 8. )

5. Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people; thou shalt not stand (idly) by the blood of thy neighbor; I am the Lord. (Leviticus xix. 16.)

6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made he man. (Genesis ix. 5-6.)

7. He that killeth a beast shall make restitution for it; and he that killeth a man shall be put to death.

One manner of judicial law shall, ye have, the stranger shall be equal with one of your own country; for I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus xxiv. 21-22.)

8. If a man come presumptuously against his neighbor to slay him with guile, from my altar shalt thou take him, that he may die.

And he that smiteth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

And he that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

And if men strive together, and one smite the other with a stone, or with the fist and he die not but keepeth his bed:

If he rise again and walk abroad upon his crutch, then shall he that smote him be quit; only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed. (Exodus xxi. 14-19.)

9. Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly; and all the people shall say, Amen.

Cursed be he that taketh a bribe to slay a person in innocent blood, and all the people shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy xxvii. 24-25.)

III.—GUARD THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

It is wrong to cheat in buying or selling. It is wrong to deceive any one by speaking or acting lies. All the more is it wrong to rob either in secret or openly, and in any way to do or help to do the least thing against the rights of other people:

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive."—Scott.

"Whatever is right and proper for some, must be so for all."—I. M. Wise.

Show that this is true from the following or any other stories in the Bible. Examples: Genesis xix. 4-7 and 9-11; Genesis xxv. 28-34; Genesis iv. 8-9; Genesis xxvii. 1-40; Exodus i. 8-14.

1. Thou shalt not remove the landmark of thy neighbor. (Deuteronomy xix. 14.)

2. Cursed be he that removeth the landmark of his neighbor; and all the people shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy xxvii. 17.)

3. Remove not the ancient landmark, and into the fields of the fatherless must thou not enter, for their redeemer is strong; he will indeed plead their cause with thee. (Proverbs xxiii. 10-11.)

4. When thou comest into thy neighbor's vineyard thou mayest eat grapes at thine own pleasure, till thou have enough; but into thy vessel shalt thou not put any.

When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbor, thou mayest pluck ears with thy hand; but with a sickle shalt thou not move over thy neighbor's standing corn. (Deuteronomy xxviii. 25-26.)

5. If thou sell aught unto thy neighbor, or buy aught of thy neighbor's hand, ye shall not overreach one the other. (Leviticus xxv. 14.)


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