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.
Cross ReferencesExodus 2:23
After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned and cried out under their burden of slavery, and their cry for deliverance from bondage ascended to God.
If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to Me in distress, I will surely hear their cry.
You must not defraud your neighbor or rob him. You must not withhold until morning the wages due a hired hand.
Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought in your heart, "The seventh year, the year of release, is near," so that you look upon your poor brother begrudgingly and give him nothing. He will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
You are to pay his wages each day before sunset, because he is poor and depends on them. Otherwise he may cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
If my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together,
if I have devoured its produce without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,
They caused the cry of the poor to come before Him, and He heard the outcry of the afflicted.
I heard the LORD of Hosts declare: "Surely many houses will become desolate, great mansions left unoccupied.
"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms without justice, who makes his countrymen serve without pay, and will not give him his wages,
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment. And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers and adulterers and perjurers, against oppressors of the widowed and fatherless, and against those who defraud laborers of their wages and deny justice to the foreigner but do not fear Me," says the LORD of Hosts.
Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
It is just as Isaiah predicted: "Unless the Lord of Hosts had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have resembled Gomorrah."
Chapter Outline1. Rich oppressors are to fear God's vengeance.
7. We ought to be patient in afflictions, after the example of the prophets, and Job;
12. to forbear swearing;
13. to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity;
14. to acknowledge mutually our several faults, to pray one for another;
19. and to correct a straying brother.
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Deuteronomy 24:14, 15
Job 24:10, 11
Job 31:38, 39
Exodus 2:23, 24
Exodus 22:22-24, 27
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