The Law on Labor
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Introduction to the Laws of the Creator
I use the King James Version annotated to have access to the Hebrew words used in each case because sometimes it helps to clarify the meaning of a sentence. It may be a little unusual to read with the numbering system at first but over time it will be a benefit to you, dear reader. To get understanding of God’s Word, we need to approach God in prayer, and praise, and thanksgiving for His Sovereignty and request that the Author, which is the Holy Ghost give us understanding, and knowledge and the wisdom necessary to read and understand and act upon the knowledge.
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The Hebrew is to labor. He is to work with his hands for the duration of life. He is given an opportunity to achieve 120 years with Health on condition that he obey God and keep his commandments.
Genesis 6:3 KJV+ And the LORDH3068 said,H559 My spiritH7307 shall notH3808 alwaysH5769 striveH1777 with man,H120 for that heH1931 alsoH7945 H1571is flesh:H1320yet his daysH3117 shall beH1961 an hundredH3967 and twentyH6242 years.H8141
Deuteronomy 34:7 KJV+ And MosesH4872was an hundredH3967 and twentyH6242 yearsH8141 oldH1121 when he died:H4194his eyeH5869 was not dim,H3543 H3808 norH3808 his natural forceH3893 abated.H5127
Yet most people only receive 70 years at best and many, because of lawlessness, receive even fewer.
There is a penalty for not working; there is a penalty for sin.
But God does not come down here and whack you upside the head if you are slothful.
You just get the physical results of sloth into your body which is health problems and poverty.
The remedy: a return to the Creator’s laws on labor.
Ephesians 4:28 KJV+
Let him that stoleG2813 stealG2813 no more:G3371 butG1161 ratherG3123 let him labour,G2872 workingG2038 with his handsG5495 the thing which is good,G18 thatG2443 he may haveG2192 to giveG3330 to him that needeth.G2192 G5532
(Proverbs 22:29 KJV+)
SeestH2372 thou a manH376 diligentH4106 in his business?H4399 he shall standH3320 beforeH6440 kings;H4428 he shall notH1077 standH3320 beforeH6440 meanH2823men.
The law on money, wages, hired servants:
(Exodus 22:26 KJV+) IfH518 thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge,H2254 H2254 H7453 H8008 thou shalt deliverH7725 it unto him by thatH5704 the sunH8121 goeth down:H935
(Exodus 22:27 KJV+) ForH3588 thatH1931is his coveringH3682 only,H905 itH1931is his raimentH8071 for his skin:H5785 whereinH4100 shall he sleep?H7901 and it shall come to pass,H1961 whenH3588 he criethH6817 untoH413 me, that I will hear;H8085 forH3588 IH589am gracious.H2587
(James 5:4 KJV+) Behold,G2400 theG3588 hireG3408 of theG3588 labourersG2040 who have reaped downG270 yourG5216 fields,G5561 which is ofG575 youG5216 kept back by fraud,G650 crieth:G2896 andG2532 theG3588 criesG994 of them which have reapedG2325 are enteredG1525 intoG1519 theG3588 earsG3775 of the LordG2962 of sabaoth.G4519
And if a man works for you, you have to pay the man before the sun goes down:
(Deuteronomy 24:15 KJV+) At his dayH3117 thou shalt giveH5414him his hire,H7939 neitherH3808 shall the sunH8121 go downH935 uponH5921 it; forH3588 heH1931is poor,H6041 and settethH5375 (H853) his heartH5315 uponH413 it: lestH3808 he cryH7121 againstH5921 thee untoH413 the LORD,H3068 and it beH1961 sinH2399 unto thee.
If you hire a man to work for you you need to pay that man.
(Jeremiah 22:13 KJV+) WoeH1945 unto him that buildethH1129 his houseH1004 by unrighteousness,H3808 H6664 and his chambersH5944 by wrong;H3808 H4941that useth his neighbour’sH7453 serviceH5647 without wages,H2600 and givethH5414 him notH3808 for his work;H6467
The penalty for using others without payment is removal of rulership of nations:
(Jeremiah 22:14 KJV+) That saith,H559 I will buildH1129 me a wideH4060 houseH1004 and largeH7304 chambers,H5944 and cutteth him outH7167 windows;H2474 and it is cieledH5603 with cedar,H730 and paintedH4886 with vermilion.H8350
(Jeremiah 22:15 KJV+)Shalt thou reign,H4427 becauseH3588 thouH859 closestH8474thyself in cedar?H730 did notH3808 thy fatherH1 eatH398 and drink,H8354 and doH6213 judgmentH4941 and justice,H6666and thenH227it was wellH2896 with him?
Welfare permitted for Widows indeed.
There is only welfare for Widows indeed.
A true widow is over 60 years of age.
(1 Timothy 5:9 KJV+) Let notG3361 a widowG5503 be taken into the numberG2639 underG1640 threescoreG1835 yearsG2094 old, having beenG1096 the wifeG1135 of oneG1520 man,G435
(1 Timothy 5:3 KJV+) HonourG5091 widowsG5503 that are widowsG5503 indeed.G3689
(1 Timothy 5:16 KJV+) If anyG1536 manG4103 orG2228 woman that believethG4103 haveG2192 widows,G5503 let them relieveG1884 them,G846 andG2532 let notG3361 theG3588 churchG1577 be charged;G916 thatG2443 it may relieveG1884 them that are widowsG5503 indeed.G3689
If a man does not work he shall not eat
IF a man works he shall eat; the worker is worthy of his wages
(Luke 10:7 KJV+)AndG1161inG1722theG3588sameG846houseG3614remain,G3306eatingG2068andG2532drinkingG4095such things as they give:G3588 G3844 G846forG1063theG3588labourerG2040isG2076worthyG514of hisG848hire.G3408GoG3327notG3361fromG1537houseG3614toG1519house.G3614
And the opposite corollary is if a man does not work he shall not eat:
(2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV+) ForG1063 evenG2532 whenG3753 we wereG2258 withG4314 you,G5209 thisG5124 we commandedG3853 you,G5213 thatG3754 if anyG1536 wouldG2309 notG3756 work,G2038 neitherG3366 should he eat.G2068
(2 Thessalonians 3:8 KJV+) NeitherG3761 did we eatG5315 any(G3844) man’sG5100 breadG740 for nought;G1432 butG235 wroughtG2038 withG1722 labourG2873 andG2532 travailG3449 nightG3571 andG2532 day,G2250 that we might notG3361 be chargeableG1912 to anyG5100 of you:G5216
(1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV+) AndG2532 that ye studyG5389 to be quiet,G2270 andG2532 to do your own business,G4238 G2398 andG2532 to workG2038 with yourG5216 ownG2398 hands,G5495 asG2531 we commandedG3853 you;G5213
Laboring in the Word and doctrine is also labor:
(1 Timothy 5:17 KJV+) Let theG3588 eldersG4245 that ruleG4291 wellG2573 be counted worthyG515 of doubleG1362 honour,G5092 especiallyG3122 they who labourG2872 inG1722 the wordG3056 andG2532 doctrine.G1319
The opposite of Labor is sloth and a slothful man is wicked because he is depending upon someone else to labor for him. Unnecessarily depending upon someone else or government to give food and money is sin because it is, among other things, theft. And God says, thou shalt not steal.
(Judges 18:9 KJV+) And they said,H559 Arise,H6965 that we may go upH5927 againstH5921 them: forH3588 we have seenH7200 (H853) the land,H776 and, behold,H2009 it is veryH3966 good:H2896 and are yeH859 still?H2814 be not slothfulH6101 H408 to go,H1980and to enterH935 to possessH3423 (H853) the land.H776
(Proverbs 12:24 KJV+) The handH3027 of the diligentH2742 shall bear rule:H4910 but the slothfulH7423 shall beH1961 under tribute.H4522
(Proverbs 12:27 KJV+) The slothfulH7423man roastethH2760 notH3808 that which he took in hunting:H6718 but the substanceH1952 of a diligentH2742 manH120is precious.H3368
(Proverbs 15:19 KJV+) The wayH1870 of the slothfulH6102man is as an hedgeH4881 of thorns:H2312 but the wayH734 of the righteousH3477is made plain.H5549
(Proverbs 18:9 KJV+) HeH1931 alsoH1571 that is slothfulH7503 in his workH4399 is brotherH251 to him that is a greatH1167 waster.H4889
(Proverbs 19:15 KJV+) SlothfulnessH6103 castethH5307 into a deep sleep;H8639 and an idleH7423 soulH5315 shall suffer hunger.H7456
(Proverbs 19:24 KJV+) A slothfulH6102man hidethH2934 his handH3027 in his bosom,H6747 and will notH3808 so muchH1571 as bring it to his mouth again.H413 H6310 H7725
(Proverbs 21:25 KJV+) The desireH8378 of the slothfulH6102 killethH4191 him; forH3588 his handsH3027 refuseH3985 to labour.H6213
(Proverbs 22:13 KJV+) The slothfulH6102man saith,H559There is a lionH738 without,H2351 I shall be slainH7523 inH8432 the streets.H7339
(Proverbs 24:30 KJV+) I wentH5674 byH5921 the fieldH7704 of the slothful,H6102 H376 and byH5921 the vineyardH3754 of the manH120 voidH2638 of understanding;H3820
(Proverbs 26:13 KJV+) The slothfulH6102man saith,H559There is a lionH7826 in the way;H1870 a lionH738is inH996 the streets.H7339
(Proverbs 26:14 KJV+) As the doorH1817 turnethH5437 uponH5921 his hinges,H6735 so doth the slothfulH6102 uponH5921 his bed.H4296
(Proverbs 26:15 KJV+) The slothfulH6102 hidethH2934 his handH3027 in his bosom;H6747 it grievethH3811 him to bring it againH7725 toH413 his mouth.H6310
(Ecclesiastes 10:18 KJV+) By much slothfulnessH6103 the buildingH4746 decayeth;H4355 and through idlenessH8220 of the handsH3027 the houseH1004 droppeth through.H1811
(Matthew 25:26 KJV+) (G1161) HisG846 lordG2962 answeredG611 and saidG2036 unto him,G846Thou wickedG4190 andG2532 slothfulG3636 servant,G1401 thou knewestG1492 thatG3754 I reapG2325 whereG3699 I sowedG4687 not,G3756 andG2532 gatherG4863 whereG3606 I have notG3756 strawed:G1287
(Romans 12:11 KJV+) NotG3361 slothfulG3636 in business;G4710 ferventG2204 in spirit;G4151 servingG1398 theG3588 Lord;G2962
(Hebrews 6:12 KJV+) ThatG2443 ye beG1096 notG3361 slothful,G3576 butG1161 followersG3402 of them who throughG1223 faithG4102 andG2532 patienceG3115 inheritG2816 theG3588 promises.G1860