Friday, June 6, 2008

The sin of oppression

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Oppression, too... is another great sin. The prophet speaks of selling the poor for a pair of shoes; and there are such who would grind the widow and the orphan to the last extreme, and make their laborers toil for nought. How many businessmen we have, who never knew what “bowels of mercy” were. Men form themselves into societies, and then exact an outrageous usury upon loans from the unhappy men who fall into their hands. Cunning legal quibbles, and crafty evasions of just debts, often amount to heavy oppression, and are sure to bring down the anger of the Most High.

From a sermon entitled "The Loaded Waggon," delivered August 24, 1862. Flickr photo by Madalena Pestana; some rights reserved.

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