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Moses on Ethics: Living a Virtuous Life


Moses is a significant figure in both Judaism and Christianity, considered a prophet and leader who played a crucial role in the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. According to the Bible, Moses was born to Hebrew parents in Egypt and was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter. After killing an Egyptian slave driver, he fled to the wilderness, where he encountered God in the form of a burning bush and was commanded to return to Egypt and free his people. Moses confronted Pharaoh and performed miracles, including the parting of the Red Sea, to convince him to release the Israelites. After their liberation, Moses led the Israelites through the desert for 40 years, receiving the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai and establishing a covenant with God that would shape Jewish and Christian beliefs for millennia to come.


Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly." - Leviticus 19:15


"If anyone injures their neighbor, whatever they have done must be done to them." - Leviticus 24:19


"Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord." - Leviticus 19:16


"Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord." - Leviticus 19:14


"Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight." - Leviticus 19:13


"Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns." - Deuteronomy 24:14


"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." - Exodus 23:6


"Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd." - Exodus 23:2


"You must not discriminate in your judgments: small and great alike, you must hear out." - Deuteronomy 1:17


"Do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit." - Exodus 23:3


"You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great." - Leviticus 19:15


"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." - Proverbs 3:27


"When you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin." - Deuteronomy 23:21


"Do not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits." - Exodus 23:6


"You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." - Exodus 23:9

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