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On Humanity

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This chapter considers humanity, which is most closely related to piety, its sister and twin. It describes the death and succession of Moses, and presents an introduction to the survey of laws. Among the commandments conducive to humanity prompt payment of wages is also prescribed. The laws command them to give as first fruits to the priests tithes of grain and wine and oil and domesticated animals and wool, and from the fruit of the fields and the other fruit-trees to present something proportionate to their yield in full baskets with hymns composed to honor God, which the sacred books preserve in writing. For one who has already learned fairness in dealing with living things that lack perception will commit no wrong against those endowed with a soul, and one who does not attempt violence against ensouled beings is by extension instructed to take care of those that have reason.

Keywords:draught animals; God; humanity; humanity prompt payment; newborn animals

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