Does the Lord care whether or not we are prompt in paying the poor?
"Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy,
whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land
within thy gates: at his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither
shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart
upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto
thee." Deut. 24:14, 15.
What is said of the hire of the laborers which is kept back by the rich men of the
"Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them
which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth." James 5:4.
With whom are they classed who defraud the laborer of his hire?
"And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift
witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and
against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in
his wages." Mal. 3:5.
Will any of these enter the new Jerusalem?
"For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Rev. 22:15.
How does the Bible reprove those who stint their laborers?
"For the Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that
treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward." 1
Tim. 5:18. "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the
wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the
morning." Lev. 19:13.
Are we responsible for the loss by theft of goods that were entrusted to our
"If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be
brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his
neighbor's goods." "And if it be stolen from him, he shall
make restitution unto the owner thereof. If it be torn in pieces, then
let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was
torn." Ex. 22:8, 12, 13.
Do we become debtors through our own negligence?
"If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of
corn, or the standing corn, or the field be consumed therewith; he that
kindled the fire shall surely make restitution." Ex. 22:6.
If a man wantonly or with malice aforethought, commits injury or entails loss, what
redress is required of him?
"If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall
put in his beast, and shall 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." Ex. 22:5.
Does God's code hold us responsible for what we borrow?
"And if a man borrow aught of his neighbor, and it be hurt, or
die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good.
But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it
be a hired thing, it came for his hire." Ex. 22:14, 15.
What is said concerning those who lend upon usury?
"Thou shalt not lend upon usury [exorbitant
interest] to thy brother, usury of money, usury of victuals, usury
of anything that is lent upon usury." Deut. 23:19.
Do we owe one another even deeds of kindness?
"If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou
shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that
hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou
shalt surely help with him." Ex. 23:4, 5.
How does the apostle Paul cover the whole subject?
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is
due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no
man anything, but to love one another." Rom. 13:7, 8.