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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8791 oppression, nature of
8791 oppression, nature of

8791 oppression, nature of

Oppression leads to the exploitation of the weak and vulnerable by the strong.

The victims

The weak Ps 12:5 See also Ps 10:2; Ecc 4:1; Eze 34:4

The poor Pr 22:22-23 See also Ex 23:6; Dt 15:7; Pr 22:7,16; Pr 28:27; Eze 22:29; Am 2:6-7; Am 5:11-12; Am 8:4,6; Zec 7:10; Jas 2:6

Widows and orphans Ex 22:22 See also Dt 24:17; Job 24:3,9; Job 31:21,22; Ps 94:5-6; Pr 23:10; Isa 1:23; Jer 7:6; Zec 7:10; Mal 3:5; Mk 12:40

The foreigner Ex 22:21 See also Ge 15:13; Ex 23:9; Lev 19:33-34; Dt 23:7; Dt 24:17; Ps 94:6; Jer 22:3; Eze 22:29; Mal 3:5

Servants Dt 24:14-15 See also Ge 16:6; Ex 1:11; Ex 3:9; Lev 19:13; Isa 58:3; Mal 3:5; Ac 7:24; Jas 5:4

Examples of oppression

Ge 16:6 Sarah oppresses Hagar; Ge 31:39 Laban oppresses Jacob; Ex 1:8-22 the Egyptians oppress Israel; Isa 52:4 the Assyrians oppress Israel

The oppressors’motives

Greed Jer 5:27-28 See also Pr 31:5; Ecc 5:8-9; Isa 1:23; Isa 10:2; Jer 22:17; Am 4:1

Lust for power Ex 1:10 See also 2Ch 10:14; 2Ch 16:10; Pr 28:15

God’s attitude to the oppressor

Ex 22:22-24 See also Dt 27:19; Pr 21:13; Isa 14:5-6; Jer 6:6; Jer 22:3-5; Am 1:3,6,9,11; Am 2:1; Zep 3:1; Lk 20:47

The experience of oppression

It brings grief and crying to God Ps 42:9 See also Ex 3:7; Jdg 2:18; Ps 43:2; Ps 137:1; Ecc 4:1

The example of Jesus Christ Isa 53:7 See also Mt 27:27-31 pp Mk 15:16-20; Ac 8:32-35

Following Jesus Christ 1Pe 2:21 See also Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22-23; 1Th 3:2-4; 2Ti 2:3; 2Ti 3:12

See also

5220authority, abuse
5242buying & selling
5310exploitation
5311extortion
5446poverty
5457power, human
5730orphans
5743widows
5972unkindness
7530foreigners
8343servanthood in society
8797persecution, attitudes

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