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On Humanity, Chapters 7-8

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Deut 24:14-15 spells out the law of prompt payment: "You shall not unjustly handle the wage of a poor man and a needy man among your brethren or among the proselytes who are in your cities. You shall pay his wage on the same day; the sun shall not go down upon it, because he is poor and has his hope in it, lest he shall cry out against you to the Lord and it shall be a sin for you". Hired workers formed a substantial segment of the total supply of agricultural labor, the demand being greatest during the harvesting and vintage seasons. The scenario of Deut 24:14-15 is brought up as a matter of social justice in Spec.4.195-196, in conjunction with a broader survey of Mosaic justice carried out in Spec. 4.136-238.

Keywords:Deut 24:14-15 ; prompt payment; workers



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