Exodus 22:22

“ Yee shall not afflict any widow, or fatherlesse child.”

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Other Translations

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
- King James Version

"You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do no wrong to a widow, or to a child whose father is dead.
- Basic English Bible

Ye shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.
- Darby Bible

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not take advantage of any widow or fatherless child.
- World English Bible

`Any widow or orphan ye do not afflict;
- Youngs Literal Bible

(22:21) Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 22:22


22:22 Ye shall not afflict the widow or fatherless child - That is, ye shall comfort and assist them, and be ready upon all occasions to shew them kindness. In making just demands from them, their condition must be considered who have lost those that should protect them: they are supposed to be unversed in business, destitute of advice, timorous, and of a tender spirit; and therefore must be treated with kindness and compassion, and no advantage taken against them, nor any hardship put upon them, which a husband or a father would have sheltered them from.


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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