Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
6 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the Lord, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:
7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In reading today’s selection, I found that the topic has turned to the sins we commit upon our fellow man—sins of lying against our neighbors or of stealing from them or misappropriating items placed in our hands for safekeeping.
This is what the Lord says about making amends:
“… he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.”
The atonement offering to the Lord for this sin is once again the offering of a ram without blemish.
It is clear to see that the Lord would never allow anyone to profit from dishonesty with their fellow man. In addition to the need to offer a ram without blemish for attonement, a sinner would need to give back what was gotten by dishonest means and to also give back an extra 20% of its value. Surely any man who feared the Lord would be determined to live honestly and avoid such penalties; but for those who fell from honesty, paying such a penalty would bring them back on track with determination to do right in the future.
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