Exodus 22:23
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New International Version
If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.

New Living Translation
If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry.

English Standard Version
If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry,

New American Standard Bible
"If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;

King James Bible
If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you do mistreat them, they will no doubt cry to Me, and I will certainly hear their cry.

International Standard Version
If you do mistreat them, they'll certainly cry out to me, and I'll immediately hear their cry.

NET Bible
If you afflict them in any way and they cry to me, I will surely hear their cry,

New Heart English Bible
If you take advantage of them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you do and they cry out to me, you can be sure that I will hear their cry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou afflict them in any wise--for if they cry at all unto Me, I will surely hear their cry--

New American Standard 1977
“If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou afflict them in any manner, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

King James 2000 Bible
If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

American King James Version
If you afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;

American Standard Version
If thou afflict them at all, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you hurt them they will cry out to me, and I will hear their cry:

Darby Bible Translation
If thou afflict him in any way, if he cry at all unto me, I will certainly hear his cry;

English Revised Version
If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou shalt afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry:

World English Bible
If you take advantage of them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;

Young's Literal Translation
if thou dost really afflict him, surely if he at all cry unto Me, I certainly hear his cry;
Study Bible
Laws of Social Responsibility
22"You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. 23"If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; 24and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.…
Cross References
Luke 18:7
Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help?

James 5:4
Look, the wages you withheld from the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.

Exodus 22:27
for that is his only covering; it is his cloak for his body. What else shall he sleep in? And it shall come about that when he cries out to Me, I will hear him, for I am gracious.

Deuteronomy 10:18
"He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 15:9
"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.

Deuteronomy 24:15
"You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.

Job 34:28
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--

Job 35:9
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

Psalm 10:14
You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.

Psalm 10:17
O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
Treasury of Scripture

If you afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;

they cry at all

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go …

Job 31:38,39 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain…

Job 35:9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

I will surely

Job 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears …

Psalm 10:17,18 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard …

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and …

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear …

Psalm 146:7-9 Which executes judgment for the oppressed: which gives food to the …

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted …

Proverbs 23:10,11 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless…

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

(23) If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me.--Rather, If thou afflict them sore, and they cry earnestly unto me. On the transgression of the laws against oppression by the later Israelites, see Jeremiah 5:28; Jeremiah 7:6; Jeremiah 22:3; Jeremiah 22:17; Zech. 7:20; Malachi 3:5; Matthew 23:14, &c. The sword of the Babylonians and the sword of the Romans avenged the sufferers, according to the prophecy of Exodus 22:24.

Verse 23. - And they cry at all unto me Rather, "Surely, if they cry unto me." Compare Genesis 31:42. If thou afflict them in any wise,..... In any way, or by any means whatever; their minds, by reproaches, censures, insults, and their bodies by stripes, false imprisonment, &c. and in their substance, by withholding from them what belongs to them, taking what they have, or cheating and defrauding them in any respect; or, "in afflicting afflict them" (e); afflict them much, and continue to do so:

and they cry at all unto me; in prayer, as the Targum of Jonathan; or, "in crying cry" (f); cry vehemently, or importunately, and with constancy, or rather, cry ever so little:

I will surely hear their cry; the voice of their prayer, as the same Targum; or, "in hearing I will hear" (g); will certainly take notice of their cries, and return an answer to them, by appearing on their side, and avenging their injuries; for God is the Father of the fatherless, and the husband of the widow, and the Judge of them both: the manner of speaking or form of expression is the same in all these clauses, the words being doubled.

(e) "affligendo afflixeris", Pagninus, Piscator, Ainsworth, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius. (f) "clamando clamaverit", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Ainsworth. (g) "audiendo audiam", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Ainsworth. 22; 1 - 31 Judicial laws. - The people of God should ever be ready to show mildness and mercy, according to the spirit of these laws. We must answer to God, not only for what we do maliciously, but for what we do heedlessly. Therefore, when we have done harm to our neighbour, we should make restitution, though not compelled by law. Let these scriptures lead our souls to remember, that if the grace of God has indeed appeared to us, then it has taught us, and enabled us so to conduct ourselves by its holy power, that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12. And the grace of God teaches us, that as the Lord is our portion, there is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of our souls.
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