Exodus 22:23

“If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 22:23

If thou afflict them in any wise, and they crie at all vnto mee, I will surely heare their crie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If you afflict him at all, {and} if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If thou afflict them at all, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;
- American Standard Version (1901)

If you are cruel to them in any way, and their cry comes up to me, I will certainly give ear;
- Basic English Bible

If thou afflict him in any way, if he cry at all unto me, I will certainly hear his cry;
- Darby Bible

If thou shalt afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry:
- Webster's Bible

If you take advantage of them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;
- World English Bible

if thou dost really afflict him, surely if he at all cry unto Me, I certainly hear his cry;
- Youngs Literal Bible

(22:22) If thou afflict them in any wise--for if they cry at all unto Me, I will surely hear their cry--
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 22:23

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 22:23


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.

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.

22:25 If thou lend - They must not receive use for money from any that borrowed for necessity. And such provision the law made for the preserving estates to their families by the year of Jubilee, that a people who had little concern in trade could not be supposed to borrow money but for necessity; therefore it was generally forbidden among themselves; but to a stranger they were allowed to lend upon usury. This law therefore in the strictness of it seems to have been peculiar to the Jewish state; but in the equity of it, it obligeth us to shew mercy to those we have advantage against, and to be content to share with those we lend to in loss as well as profit, if Providence cross them: and upon this condition it seems as lawful to receive interest for my money, which another takes pains with, and improves, as it is to receive rent for my land, which another takes pains with, and improves, for his own use. They must not take a poor man's bed - clothes in pawn; but if they did, must restore them by bed - time.


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