Seventh Month 19

As Light Is Sown

…  If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. …  – Luke 6:27-36 (NIV)

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Some commentators see in these examples an element of shaming the offender. The give-and-take is a public act. See what the offender does! Walk naked, then, and tell everyone. Who could possibly find comfort in stolen clothing that way? At the heart of this passage is a higher dynamic, equality: “Do to others …”

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And the Prophet Isaiah points at such as the Lord’s peculiar People, Hear the Word of the Lord, (saith he) ye that tremble at his Word; your Brethren…

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