Exodus 22:16-24

16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry for her to be his wife.17 “If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the dowry for virgins.

18 “You shall not allow a sorceress to live.

19 “Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.

20 “He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed.

21 “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 22 “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. 23 “If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; 24and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

Even though God had chosen the Israelites to be His own people, He still cared very much for everyone else. At the end of this passage, God sets out protection for those who are not Israelites. They are reminded that they were once in just the same position. Instead, God wants them to show His mercy and love to those that don’t know it. Not much has changed in that regard. God doesn’t want us to take advantage of anyone. No, He wants us to be examples of His glory, through His love and mercy.

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