New International Version
"'When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.
King James Bible
And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.
Darby Bible Translation
And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not molest him.
World English Bible
"'If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
Young's Literal Translation
'And when a sojourner sojourneth with thee in your land, thou dost not oppress him;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a stranger sojourn - This law to protect and comfort the stranger was at once humane and politic. None is so desolate as the stranger, and none needs the offices of benevolence and charity more: and we may add that he who is not affected by the desolate state of the stranger has neither benevolence nor charity. It was politic to encourage strangers, as in consequence many came, not only to sojourn, but to settle among the Jews, and thus their political strength became increased; and many of these settlers became at least proselytes of the gate if not proselytes of the covenant, and thus got their souls saved. Hence humanity, sound policy, and religion said, Vex not the stranger; thou shalt love him as thyself. The apostle makes use of a strong argument to induce men to hospitality towards strangers: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares, Hebrews 13:2. Moses also uses a powerful motive: Ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. The spirit of the precept here laid down, may be well expressed in our Lord's words: Do unto all men as ye would they should do unto you.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
vex him. or, oppress him
LibraryFebruary the Thirteenth Grudges
"Thou shalt not bear any grudge." --LEVITICUS xix. 11-18. How searching is that demand upon the soul! My forgiveness of my brother is to be complete. No sullenness is to remain, no sulky temper which so easily gives birth to thunder and lightning. There is to be no painful aloofness, no assumption of a superiority which rains contempt upon the offender. When I forgive, I am not to carry any powder forward on the journey. I am to empty out all my explosives, all my ammunition of anger and revenge. …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The Law of Love
Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Appendix xiv. The Law in Messianic Times.
"Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
"Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this.
"Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"
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