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Exodus 22:22

    Exodus 22:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do no wrong to a widow, or to a child whose father is dead.

    Webster's Revision

    Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

    World English Bible

    "You shall not take advantage of any widow or fatherless child.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 22:22

    Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child - It is remarkable that offenses against this law are not left to the discretion of the judges to be punished; God reserves the punishment to himself, and by this he strongly shows his abhorrence of the crime. It is no common crime, and shall not be punished in a common way; the wrath of God shall wax hot against him who in any wise afflicts or wrongs a widow or a fatherless child: and we may rest assured that he who helps either does a service highly acceptable in the sight of God.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 22:22

    Afflict - A word including all cold and contemptuous treatment. See Deuteronomy 10:18. Contrast the blessing, Deuteronomy 14:29.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 22:22

    22:22 Ye shall not afflict the widow or fatherless child - That is, ye shall comfort and assist them, and be ready upon all occasions to shew them kindness. In making just demands from them, their condition must be considered who have lost those that should protect them: they are supposed to be unversed in business, destitute of advice, timorous, and of a tender spirit; and therefore must be treated with kindness and compassion, and no advantage taken against them, nor any hardship put upon them, which a husband or a father would have sheltered them from.