do not withhold good

James 5


Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

We need to beware of this sin of fraud. I think that fraud is very much akin to theft, and therefore not far removed from violence.

Ye have condemned [and] killed the just; [and] he doth not resist you.
John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

This fraud makes me think of agreeing to pay somebody a certain amount of money for doing a certain amount of work or providing a service, and then going back on the agreement, demanding more of the worker, or withholding part or all of the payment.

How about little things that we wouldn't tend to think are a big deal? For example, I give just a few dollars to a family member to prepare food for a meal. If I expect them to prepare an extra meal that they didn't plan on, without me paying them extra for that, that can be fraud. We need to make sure not to commit fraud like that.

Proverbs 3:27
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].
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