Saturday, August 28, 2010

QQC--Defence of Property

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 22:2-3

Here is a curious thing.  In the rules about protecting property, God allowed the property owner  to kill the thief--but only if it happened at night.  If it happened after sunrise he was guilty of bloodshed.  Why did daylight make a difference? 

It wasn't a carte blanche for a thief to steal during the day.  He had to make restitution, even if it meant becoming a slave because he had no other means.  Stealing certainly didn't pay.

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