Conduct Thyself Well

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?… defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the affiliated and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them form the hand to the wicked.

The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless (man) will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.

The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.

In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice.

The highway of the upright is to depart form evil…

Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking.

Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not plunder his resting place; for a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be goad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it… do not fret because of evil doers, nor be envious of the wicked; for there will be no prospect for the evil man…


Just like Muslims, Jews and Christians are commanded to avoid war and in particular, to establish peace. The book Hrristiyan Ahlaki (Christian Morality) describes the kind of behavior a Christian should display, according to the Old and New Testaments, and sums this situation up in these terms:

‘The conflicts mentioned in the Holy Book are for the purposes of self-defense.’ It is forbidden to harm non-combatants,, like children in the event of war.

Now it happened, as soon as the kingdom was established in his hand, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king. But the children of the murderers he did not execute, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, I which the Lord commanded, saying, ‘Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers….’

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