Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Exodus Chapter 22
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 22:1-15
22:2If the thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dieth, there shall be no bloodguiltiness for him. 22:3If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be bloodguiltiness for him; he shall make restitution: if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. 22:4If the theft be found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep, he shall pay double.
22:5If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall let his beast loose, and it feed in another man's field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.
22:7If a man shall deliver unto his neighbor money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man's house; if the thief be found, he shall pay double. 22:8If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall come near unto God, to see whether he have not put his hand unto his neighbor's goods.
22:9For every matter of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, whereof one saith, This is it, the cause of both parties shall come before God; he whom God shall condemn shall pay double unto his neighbor.
22:10If a man deliver unto his neighbor an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it: 22:11the oath of Jehovah shall be between them both, whether he hath not put his hand unto his neighbor's goods; and the owner thereof shall accept it, and he shall not make restitution. 22:12But if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof. 22:13If it be torn in pieces, let him bring it for witness: he shall not make good that which was torn.
22:14And if a man borrow aught of his neighbor, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof not being with it, he shall surely make restitution. 22:15If the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be a hired thing, it came for its hire.
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 22:16-31
22:16And if a man entice a virgin that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely pay a dowry for her to be his wife. 22:17If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
22:18Thou shalt not suffer a sorceress to live.
22:19Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
22:20He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto Jehovah only, shall be utterly destroyed. 22:21And a sojourner shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him: for ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 22:22Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 22:23If thou afflict them at all, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 22:24and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
22:25If thou lend money to any of my people with thee that is poor, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest. 22:26If thou at all take thy neighbor's garment to pledge, thou shalt restore it unto him before the sun goeth down: 22:27for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? And it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.
22:29Thou shalt not delay to offer of thy harvest, and of the outflow of thy presses.
September 22, 1946: Exodus 22:21-23
How were the commandments against wronging or afflicting the sojourner, the widow, the fatherless child, and the poor restated by Jesus in comprehensive and constructive form? In the Golden Rule: “All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law.”
When we willingly discharge our responsibilities as citizens, what reward accrues to us? The stability and maturity of outlook that helps qualify us for citizenship in the kingdom of God.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-03-2014