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The Camels, though faint and fatigued, might not have perished, if the men had eaten and refreshed themselves before notice taken of the Cattle. But Compassion urged him to take the first care of those Creatures, who could not take care of themselves ; he had regard to their happiness. Rebecca had given drink to ALL the Camels; and the next business was to ungird and relieve them from their burthens ; and then to give them provender to eat, and straw to lie down and rest themselves upon; Therefore be ungirded the Camels, and gave straw and provender for the Camels, before any refreshment was offered to the Men. The necessities of the cattle engaged his first attention ; M 2
164 ] and the more speedy the relief, the more confpicuous was the humanity of it. Suffer not the beast then, that has carried you or your baggage, and for your fake has borne the burthen and heat of the day, to wait long for his necessary refreshment, but allow it him in good time. For his daily labor give him his daily wages, and refresh him as oft and as soon as he is weary.
:'' Moses gives this Law with regard to Day Servants (Lev. xix. 13.) Thou fhalt not defraud thy Neighbour neither rob him; the Wages of him that is bired, Mall not abide with thee all night until the morning : and again (Deut. xxiv. 15.) At his Day thou malt
give him bis Hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and setteth his heart upon it; left be cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be fin unto thee. To withhold daily wages from them to whom it is daily due, who want it, and set their heart upon it, is in the account of Moses a Fraud, à Robbery, a Sin, and a crying sin. And St. James denounces the judgments of GOD against those that defraud the laborer of his hire: (Ch. v. 1-4.) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and bowl for your miseries, that mall come upon you. -Behold, the Hire of the Laborers, which have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them, which have reaped,
are" entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Now, if it is a fraud, a robbery, a fin, and a crying sin to withhold and keep back the wages of the Hireling; it must be a fin to withhold and keep back food and refreshment, which is the hire and wages of the Cattle ; for they both alike want it, and set their hearts upon it. The reason and rule of justice is the same in both cases. The Ox that draws the plow, is as necessary a Servant as the Laborer who guides it; and they have equally a claim to indulgence and tenderness. The same Law provides for both. The cries of the defrauded Beast, as well as of the defrauded Laborer will enter into the ears of the Lord of Hosts; for He that
faid, said, Defraud not the LABORER, said also, Muzzle not the Ox.
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