Deuteronomy 25

* Extent of punishment. (1-3) The ox that treadeth the corn. (4)

Marriage of a brother's wife. (5-12) Of unjust weights. (13-16)

War against Amalek. (17-19)

1-3 Every punishment should be with solemnity, that those who

see it may be filled with dread, and be warned not to offend in

like manner. And though the criminals must be shamed as well as

put to pain, for their warning and disgrace, yet care should be

taken that they do not appear totally vile. Happy those who are

chastened of the Lord to humble them, that they should not be

condemned with the world to destruction.
4 This is a charge to husbandmen. It teaches us to make much of

the animals that serve us. But we must learn, not only to be

just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our

better part, our souls, #1Co 9:9|.
5-12 The custom here regulated seems to have been in the Jewish

law in order to keep inheritances distinct; now it is unlawful.
13-16 Dishonest gain always brings a curse on men's property,

families, and souls. Happy those who judge themselves, repent of

and forsake their sins, and put away evil things, that they may

not be condemned of the Lord.
17-19 Let every persecutor and injurer of God's people take

warning from the case of the Amalekites. The longer it is before

judgement comes, the more dreadful will it be at last. Amalek

may remind us of the foes of our souls. May we be enabled to

slay all our lusts, all the corruptions both within and without,

all the powers of darkness and of the world, which oppose our

way to the blessed Saviour.
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