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17 “Cursed be anyone who moves a neighbor’s boundary markers!”(A) And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

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People remove landmarks;
    they steal herds and pasture them.

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28 Do not remove the ancient landmark[a]
    that your ancestors set up.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 22:28 Landmark: marks the boundary of property. To remove it is the equivalent of stealing land. A similar warning is contained in 23:10.

10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,(A)
    nor invade the fields of the fatherless;[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 23:10 In Israel ownership of property and other legal rights were vested mainly in the father as head of the family; thus the widow and fatherless child were vulnerable, left prey to those who would exploit them.

10 The princes of Judah have become
    like those who move a boundary line;[a](A)
Upon them I will pour out
    my wrath like water.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:10 Move a boundary line: invasion by Judah (v. 8) is compared to a case of social injustice (Dt 19:14; 27:17; Prv 23:10–11).

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