Exodus 22:22

22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.

Read Exodus 22:22 Using Other Translations

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.
“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan.

What does Exodus 22:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 22:22

Ye shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.
] Who have no friends, husband, or father to be on their side and protect them, and are weak and helpless to defend themselves, and therefore it must be barbarous to do them any injury, either to their persons or property; no one ought to be afflicted and distressed by another, either in body or mind, or substance, and especially such as have no helper, not any to assist them and sympathize with them; for this is a law for every man, as Jarchi observes, is binding upon all; only the Scripture speaks of these, because of their weakness, and because they are more frequently afflicted than others, cruel and unmerciful men taking the advantage of their inability to defend themselves.

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