“Be ye merciful.”

Deuteronomy 21:22, 23

We select from the bulk a few of the special laws which the Lord gave to his people. They were all full of instruction, and should be carefully studied.

Deuteronomy 21:22, 23

Pause here, and lovingly adore the Lord Jesus, who submitted for our sakes to the accursed death of the cross. Sin brought a curse upon us, and our blessed Substitute took that curse upon him and bore it in our stead. “He was made a curse for us”—blessed miracle of condescending love!

Deuteronomy 22:1-12

Deuteronomy 22:4

All these precepts are involved in loving our neighbour as ourself, but it is very gracious on the Lord’s part to point out particulars; let us be particular in regarding them, and in every way act kindly towards others.

Deuteronomy 22:5

All indelicacy is to be shunned. No idea of merriment can excuse that which has a lewd appearance.

Deuteronomy 22:7

We must not be devoid of feeling, but act considerately towards the least of God’s creatures.

Deuteronomy 22:8

Care of life is a duty, hence cleanliness in person and abode is to be carefully maintained; and we must not expose ourselves, or others to needless risks.

Deuteronomy 22:9-11

God would have his people distinct and separate, and therefore he forbids mixtures in sowing, working, and clothing, to remind them of this. We must sow only the pure gospel, work only with gracious motives, and be adorned only in Christ’s righteousness. Mixtures are an abomination in religion.

Deuteronomy 22:12

This was one of Israel’s distinguishing marks: Christians also should be known by their robes of holiness.


Through day and darkness, Saviour dear,

Abide with us more nearly near;

Till on thy face we lift our eyes,

The sun of God’s own paradise.


Praise God, our Maker and our Friend;

Praise him through time, till time shall end;

Till psalm and song his name adore,

Through heaven’s great day of evermore.


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