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Old Testament: Good Stuff

    Genesis (None)

    Exodus

  1. "Honor thy father and thy mother." 20:12

  2. "Thou shalt not kill." 20:13

  3. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." 20:14

  4. "Thou shalt not steal." 20:15

  5. "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." 20:16

  6. Be kind to strangers, widows, and fatherless children. 22:21-22

  7. Value the truth; don't lie. 23:1

  8. Don't do what everyone else does, if what they do is wrong. 23:2

  9. Be kind to your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 23:4-5

  10. Treat the poor fairly. 23:6

  11. Be honest. Don't kill the innocent. 23:7

  12. Don't mistreat strangers. 23:9

  13. Every seventh year the Israelites were to leave their fields unharvested, so that the poor would have something to eat. 23:11

    Leviticus

  14. "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

  15. "Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife." 18:20

  16. Leave some grapes on the vine for travelers and the poor. 19:10

  17. Don't steal or lie 19:11

  18. "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired." 19:13

  19. "Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind." 19:14

  20. Don't gossip. 19:16

  21. Don't hate people. 19:17

  22. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 19:18

  23. Respect your elders. 19:32

  24. Be kind to strangers. 19:33-34

  25. Treat others fairly. Don't cheat. 19:35-36

  26. To help feed the poor and strangers, farmers should not harvest the corners of their fields. 23:22

  27. "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." 25:10

  28. Do not oppress one another. 25:17

    Numbers (None)

    Deuteronomy

  29. "Honor thy father and thy mother." 5:16

  30. "Thou shalt not kill." 5:17

  31. Don't commit adultery. 5:18

  32. Don't steal. 5:19

  33. Don't lie. 5:20

  34. "Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." 10:19

  35. Help the poor. 15:7-8

  36. "Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy." 15:11

  37. Judges and officers should strive to be impartial and should never take a bribe. 16:18-19

  38. Look out for your neighbor's animals and protect them from harm. 22:1-4

  39. Be careful when making a roof to ensure that no one falls off the edge. 22:8

  40. Don't return runaway slaves to their masters. Let them live with you in peace and freedom. 23:15-16

  41. Do not oppress the poor, whether they be slaves, neighbors, or strangers. 24:14-15

  42. "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. 24:17-21

  43. "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn." Let the animal eat while it works. 25:4

  44. "Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight."
    Be honest when you deal with others. Don't cheat. 25:13-15

  45. Take care of those who need help. 26:12-13

    Joshua (None)

    Judges (None)

    Ruth (None)

    1 Samuel (None)

    2 Samuel (None)

    1 Kings (None)

    2 Kings (None)

    1 Chronicles (None)

    2 Chronicles (None)

    Ezra (None)

    Nehemiah (None)

    Esther (None)

    Job

  46. "He that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more." 7:7-9

  47. "Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?"
    This is a good question for apologists to ask themselves. 13:7

  48. 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

    Psalms

  49. "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." 34:13-14

  50. "Blessed is he that considereth the poor." 41:1

  51. "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked." Though this seems to be directed at other gods, it is good advice for humans as well. 82:3-4

  52. Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee?" People don't survive their own deaths. Dead people are not only merely dead, they are really most sincerely dead. 88:10-12

  53. "The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence." 115:17

    Proverbs

  54. "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." 1:8

  55. A beautiful proverb about mercy and truth. 3:3

  56. Wisdom and understanding lead to happiness. 3:13

  57. "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." 3:27

  58. Help your neighbor, if you can. 3:28

  59. Don't devise plots against your neighbor, fight without cause, or imitate an oppressor. 3:29-31

  60. "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." 4:7

  61. Speak plainly and honestly to others. 4:24

  62. "Rejoice with the wife of thy youth.... Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love." 5:18-19

  63. Wisdom is better than wealth. Nothing else compares with it. 8:11

  64. "A wise son maketh a glad father." 10:1, 23:24, 29:3

  65. "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins." 10:12

  66. "When pride cometh, then cometh shame." 11:2

  67. "The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh." Okay, I don't know about the soul stuff, but I like the general idea. 11:17

  68. "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind." A nice thought and a great movie. 11:29

  69. "Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge." 12:1

  70. Be kind to animals. (Don't eat them.) 12:10

  71. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise." 12:15

  72. "The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment." 12:19

  73. "A wise son heareth his father's instruction." 13:1

  74. "A righteous man hateth lying." 13:5

  75. "Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly." 13:16

  76. Some nice proverbs about wisdom, anger, mercy and folly. 14:7-8, 14:16-18, 14:21-22, 29, 16:21-22

  77. "The simple believeth every word." I wonder if this would apply to the fundamentalists who believe every word of the Bible. 14:15

  78. "The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends." Can't argue with this one. 14:20

  79. "A soft answer turneth away wrath." 15:1

  80. Some good remarks about wisdom. 15:2, 7

  81. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." 16:18

  82. Don't gossip about others. Avoid saying hurtful things. 16:28

  83. "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." 16:32

  84. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." 17:22

  85. "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." 17:28

  86. "A fool hath no delight in understanding" and his "mouth is his destruction." 18:2, 7

  87. "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." 18:13

  88. Be careful how you speak; words can do great damage. 21:23

  89. "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." 22:1

  90. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 22:6

  91. "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor." 22:9

  92. Don't rob the poor or oppress the afflicted. 22:22

  93. "Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words." 23:9

  94. "Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge." 23:12

  95. "Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old." 23:22

  96. Find the truth and hang on to it; Value wisdom, instruction, and understanding 23:23

  97. "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth." 24:17

  98. "Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips." 24:28

  99. "Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work." 24:29

  100. "If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink." 25:21

  101. "Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him." 26:12

  102. "As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed." 26:14

  103. "Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." 27:1

  104. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." 27:2

  105. "Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds." Take care of your animals. 27:23

  106. "A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet." 29:5

  107. "The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it." 29:7

  108. "A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit." 29:23

  109. As a sailor and birdwatcher, I agree with this proverb that says that the way a ship sails and an eagle flies are two of the most wonderful things. 30:18-19

  110. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more." 31:6-7

  111. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (NIV) 31:8-9

    Song of Solomon (None)

    Isaiah

  112. "Cease to do evil; learn to do well ... relieve the oppressed ... plead for the widow." 1:16-17

  113. "Come now, let us reason together." 1:18

  114. "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." 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) 2:4

  115. "The liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." -- A Bible verse for Howard Dean and the US Democratic Party! 32:8

  116. "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

  117. This verse appear to condemn slavery. However the bible is far from clear on this issue. 58:6

  118. Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked. 58:7, 10

  119. "He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man." 66:3

    Jeremiah

  120. Defend the helpless and oppressed; don't harm strangers, widows, orphans, or other innocent people. 22:3

  121. Pay a fair wage to your employees. 22:13

    Lamentations (None)

    Ezekiel (None)

    Daniel (None)

    Hosea

  122. "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice."  6:6

    Joel (None)

    Amos (None)

    Obadiah (None)

    Jonah (None)

    Micah

  123. "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

  124. "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?" 6:8
    (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)

    Nahum (None)

    Habakkuk (None)

    Zephaniah (None)

    Haggai (None)

    Zechariah

  125. "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

  126. "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