T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
Exodus 22.21-24“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19.33, 34“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
8.4 Punish kidnappers
No one has the right to deprive another of his liberty in an unlawful manner.
8.5 Do justice to the poor, the sojourners, and the needy
Do not neglect, and do not take advantage of, the poor and needy; rather, make it possible for them to know justice and provision with dignity.
8.3 Preserve personal property
These statutes provide for restitution of stolen property and direct us to love even our enemies by caring for their property.
“Whoever kills an animal shall make it good…”
Exodus 21.18, 19“When men quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist and the man does not die but takes to his bed,
Exodus 22.26, 27“If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down,
“‘Take care that you do not neglect the Levite as long as you live in your land.’”
8.2 Do not withhold what is due
God’s people are to be actively concerned to preserve the property and wellbeing of their neighbors, and to ensure that each receives what he is due.
8Guard against negligence
Love for neighbor requires active concern for their property and full restoration of any loss we may cause.