Deuteronomy: Good Stuff

  1. Judge others fairly, Israelite and stranger, rich or poor, powerful or weak. 1:16-17
  2. "Honor thy father and thy mother." 5:16
  3. "Thou shalt not kill." 5:17
  4. Don't commit adultery. 5:18
  5. Don't steal. 5:19
  6. Don't lie. 5:20
  7. "Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." 10:19
  8. Help the poor. 15:7-8
  9. "Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy." 15:11
  10. 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. 19:15-16
  11. Look out for your neighbor's animals and protect them from harm. 22:1-4
  12. Be careful when making a roof to ensure that no one falls off the edge. 22:8
  13. Don't return runaway slaves to their masters. Let them live with you in peace and freedom. 23:15-16
  14. Do not oppress the poor, whether they be slaves, neighbors, or strangers. 24:14-15
  15. "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
  16. "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn." Let the animal eat while it works. 25:4
  17. "Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight."
    Be honest when you deal with others. Don't cheat. 25:13-15
  18. Take care of those who need help. 26:12-13
  19. Don't misguide the blind or mistreat strangers, orphans, or widows. (And all the people shall say, Amen.) 26:18-19