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Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.(A) You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.(B) You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one;(C) he offers you no resistance.[a]

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  1. 5:6 The author does not have in mind any specific crime in his readers’ communities but rather echoes the Old Testament theme of the harsh oppression of the righteous poor (see Prv 1:11; Wis 2:10, 12, 20).