Exodus 22:21

“ Thou shalt neither vexe a stranger, nor oppresse him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

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Other Translations

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- King James Version

"You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And a sojourner shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him: for ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do no wrong to a man from a strange country, and do not be hard on him; for you yourselves were living in a strange country, in the land of Egypt.
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him; for ye have been strangers in the land of Egypt.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not wrong an alien, neither shall you oppress him, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
- World English Bible

`And a sojourner thou dost not oppress, nor crush him, for sojourners ye have been in the land of Egypt.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(22:20) And a stranger shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 22:21


22:21 A stranger must not be abused, not wronged in judgment by the magistrates, not imposed upon in contracts, nor any advantage taken of his ignorance or necessity, no, nor must he be taunted, or upbraided with his being a stranger; for all these were vexations. For ye were strangers in Egypt - And knew what it was to be vexed and oppressed there. Those that have themselves been in poverty and distress, if Providence enrich and enlarge them, ought to shew a particular tenderness towards those that are now in such circumstances as they were in formerly, now doing to them as they then wished to be done by.


Discussion for Exodus 22

  • Rob
    Hi Leigh,

    According to commentary I have read, the plural refers to the judges and magistrates that execute these laws.
  • Leigh Hunter
    The use of the plural form in verse 28 puzzles me.
  • A disciple
    "If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution;" Here is the "conditions" for one's being spared destruction for his sins: that he should be redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and repent, and become a new and holy man of God. Faith alone, without a real effect wrought on his heart and in his manner of life, is not evidence of salvation.
  • A disciple
    "If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury." Even though this has been a long time accepted means of business, God hates covetousness and usury, and will demand an account of all who despise His Spirit. "Here is the patience and the faith of the Saints!" The LORD is the avenger of ALL such!
  • A disciple
    "If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft." How GREAT if that were done today! Why are people who do wickedly merely "locked up" and not SOLD? This would be righteous for everyone.
  • A disciple
    Until the Lord comes, the world and ALL its evils will continue as if they had an indefinite extension forever. While the transgressors are coming to the full, and wicked and impostors are waxing worse and worse, the great apostasy answers! When people who know the Glad Tidings of Christ, and have had the Bible, leave their first love because "they also are flesh!" the doom is at the door!

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