“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
by: Dale Rood.
This reading focuses on relationships. It gives practical principles necessary for living with others. We find the Ten Commandments reflected in this passage. However, as with all laws, they only skim the surface of what is necessary to develop the relationships these principles seek to protect. Maintaining true relationships requires hearts that seek to be respectful and loving of others. Indeed, the bottom line is found in verse 18: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” And let us not forget our motivation for this kind of living, which is found in the last part of that verse: “I am the Lord.”