"If a soul ... lie unto his neighbour ... or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it ... then ...
he shall restore that which he took ... or the lost thing which he found ... and shall add the fifth part more thereto."
What is stolen or wrongfully acquired should be returned to the owner. 6:2-5
"Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife." 18:20
Leave some grapes on the vine for travelers and the poor. 19:10
"Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy."
Judges and officers should strive to be impartial and should never take a bribe. 16:18-19
If a person kills someone unintentionally then he or she can flee to a city of refuge to
escape being killed by the "revenger of blood."
I guess this is (sort of) good--about as good as it gets in the Bible anyway. But it would be better to declare such a person innocent, assuming no
criminal negligence involved, rather than creating a city for the person to flee to. And the idea of a "revenger of blood" is just plain creepy.
Look out for your neighbor's animals and protect them from harm. 22:1-4
Be careful when making a roof to ensure that no one falls off the edge. 22:8
Don't return runaway slaves to their masters. Let them live with you in peace and freedom.
Do not oppress the poor, whether they be slaves, neighbors, or strangers.
"It shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow."
Be kind to widows, orphans, fatherless children and strangers. Share whatever you have with them.
"Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn." Let the animal eat while it works.
"Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight."
Be honest when you deal with others. Don't cheat. 25:13-15
"Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die."
Job's wife rightly says that if Job is to
keep his integrity, then he should curse God (for playing vicious games with
Satan) and die. 2:9
"Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?" 13:7
"Man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? ... Man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more,
they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep." 14:10-12
Job says that humans perish at death like their own dung. Well, one might fault him for his choice of words, but the idea seems
sound enough. 20:7
"Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the
words of knowledge." 23:12
"My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice." 23:15
"Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when
she is old." 23:22
Find the truth and hang on to it; Value wisdom, instruction, and understanding 23:23
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 24:1
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 24:5
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." 24:10
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:.
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul." 24:13-14
"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad
when he stumbleth." 24:17
"Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked." 24:19
"Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not
with thy lips." 24:28
"Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the
man according to his work." 24:30-32
"I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns,
and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it,
and received instruction." 24:29
"Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end." 25:8
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." 25:11
"As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear." 25:12
"Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain." 25:14
"That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered." 1:15
"I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit."
"For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow." 1:18
"Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness." 2:13
"The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and ... one event happeneth to them all."
"There is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come
shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool." 2:16
"The work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit." 2:17
"I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me."
" And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have
laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity." 2:19
"There is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein
shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil." 2:21
"For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?"
"For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity."
"There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour."
"To everything there is a season...." Some nice poetry and a great Byrds song. ("Turn, Turn, Turn" -- written by Pete
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" 3:1
"A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;" 3:2
"A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;" 3:3
"A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;" 3:4
"A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;" 3:5
"A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;" 3:6
"A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;" 3:7
"A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." 3:8
"There is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life." 3:12
"Every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour" 3:13
"That which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other;
yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity." 3:19
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again." 3:20
"Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?" 3:21
"There is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works." 3:22
"Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit." 4:6
"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour." 4:9
"For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another
to help him up." 4:10
"Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?" 4:11
"And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." 4:12
"Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king." 4:13
"A fool's voice is known by multitude of words." 5:3
"Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and
not pay." 5:5
"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity."
As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour,
which he may carry away in his hand." 5:15
"It is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun
all the days of his life." 5:18
"If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years ... and his soul be not filled with good ...
an untimely birth is better than he." 6:3
"For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness." 6:4
"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" 6:6
"For who knoweth what is good for man in this life ... who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?"
"A good name is better than precious ointment." 7:1
"It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools." 7:5
"The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit." 7:8
"Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools." 7:9
"Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this."
"For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it."
Don't pay attention to everything people say. 7:21
"I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things." 7:25
"A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry." 8:15
"All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked ... they go to the dead."
"For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion." 9:4
"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of
them is forgotten." 9:5
"Their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing
that is done under the sun." 9:6
"Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart." 9:7
"Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest." 9:9
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest." 9:10
" I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise,
nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
"For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so
are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them." 9:12
"Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard."
"The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools." 9:17
"Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good." 9:18
"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in
reputation for wisdom and honour." 10:1
"And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." 2:4
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!" 5:20
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" 5:21
"Woe unto them that ... turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the
poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!" 10:1-2
"Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die." 22:13
"The vile person shall be no more called liberal ... For the vile person will speak villany,
and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy ... to make empty the soul of the hungry."
Republicans are vile people. 32:5-6
"The instruments also of the churl [Republican] are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to
destroy the poor with lying words." 32:7
"The liberal deviseth liberal things;
and by liberal things shall he stand." -- A Bible verse for Howard Dean and the US Democratic Party!
"All flesh is grass."
Since all animals, including humans, survive by eating plants or other animals that have eaten
plants, it is true that "all flesh is grass." 40:6
"Let the oppressed go free ... break every yoke."
This verse appear to condemn slavery. However the bible is far from clear on this issue. 58:6
Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked. 58:7, 10
"He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man." 66:3
The people of Israel and Judah finally look behind the curtain and see that there is no god and the prophets are liars.
"Oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed
not innocent blood." 7:6
"Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
Don't be afraid of gods. They can't hurt you. They can't help you, either, because they don't exit. (Just like Yahweh!)
Defend the helpless and oppressed; don't harm strangers, widows, orphans, or other innocent people.
"They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Well, it's a nice
thought, but Joel 3:10 says just the opposite. But what do you expect
from a "God of Peace" (Rom 15:33, Heb 13:20)
who calls himself a "man of war"? (Ex 15:3) 4:3
"O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
(Well, it's a nice thought, but there are a few things more that Micah forgot to mention. Like you must
believe certain unlikely things or you will be tormented forever in
hell (Mk 16:16, Jn 3:18, 36); you
must kill witches Ex 22:18, homosexuals
Lev 20:13, those who believe differently than you
Dt 13:6-10, disobedient children
Dt 21:18-21, etc.) 6:8
"Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his
brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor;
and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." 7:9-10
"These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his
neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against
his neighbour; and love no false oath." 8:16-17
"If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." 9:35
When Jesus lists the Ten Commandments, he only mentions five -- the humanistic ones that make no mention
of God. He also gives one that is not included in the so-called Ten Commandments: "defraud not."
Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 12:14-17
The people asked John the Baptist what they need to do to avoid hell. He told them to give their excess
food and clothes to the poor. 3:10-11
Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely. 3:14
Love you enemies; do good to those who hate you. 6:27
The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. 6:31-34
"Love your enemies." Well, it's a nice thought. But it seems strange coming from someone who damns his
enemies to hell. (Mark 16:16) 6:35
"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Well I'm glad Jesus thinks we should be merciful.
But the Old Testament God is a strange role model for mercy! (See 1 Sam 15:2-3 for an
example of the OT God's mercy.) 6:36
"Search the scriptures."
Good advice. Because those that search the scriptures are sure to reject them. 5:39
Jesus tells those who'd like to stone to death an adulteress that whoever among them that is without sin should
"cast the first stone." Good advice -- but it directly contradicts the teachings of the Old Testament
(Lev 20:20). If that
wasn't a good law then why did God make it? Has he since changed his mind? Shouldn't it then be removed (along
with most of the OT) from the bible? 8:7
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another." If this is what it takes to be a Christian, then count
me in. Unfortunately, Christians often take Jesus' commandment to mean that Christians should love other, like-minded Christians,
and to hell with everybody else. 15:12, 17
Pilate asked Jesus a very good question: "What is truth?" 18:38
Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of others. 2:3-4
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
"Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." 1:19
"Pure religion ... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from
the world." Cited by Associated Baptist Press in defense of the
Affordable Care Act. 1:27
The rich should not be treated better than the poor. 2:2-4
Help others that are in need; don't just wish them well. This is good advice, though it's unfortunate that James
restricted this help to "brothers". Did he mean by this that you only need to help fellow believers?
James ridicules those who say salvation is by faith alone. He says the devils believe in God. Will their faith
save them? 2:19
"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of
a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." 3:13
"If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." 3:14
"The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." 3:18