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Love your neighbor

30 Apr

You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the LORD. You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:11-18, NRSV)

This short passage is all the ways we could hurt our neighbors.

Don’t deal falsely.

Don’t lie.

Don’t defraud.

Don’t steal.

Don’t keep what you owe someone else.

Don’t revile or cause others to stumble.

Don’t render unjust judgments.

Don’t profit from the blood of another.

Don’t hate in your heart.

Reprove your neighbor or their guilt will be yours.

Don’t seek vengeance.

Don’t bear a grudge.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

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