Do You Have to Worry About “Woe Unto Him …” Per Jeremiah 22:13?

By Floyd Allen, Editor,


I am sure before you can answer this question you need to familiarize yourself with so I have included here:

Jeremiah 22:13,

Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

The part that I am “thinking about” today is actually the second half of the verse: … that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

       In my life, at least, this takes on some very interesting and diverse aspects of fulfillment. The first thought that comes to my mind was the time I asked a friend at church to come to my house and do some roof repairs. I told him what I needed done, and asked him what he would charge me to do the work. At this point he informed me that there would be no charge, because, as his mentor, I had helped him with his familial relationships soooooo much that he couldn’t possibly charge me for doing any work at my house.

       Well, we went round and round about this for a bit, until I finally pulled out the Big Guns, and said, “Do you really want me to violate Scriptures by not paying you?” He gave me a somewhat perplexed look, and then I dropped Jeremiah 22:13b on him!!!! He admitted that, no, he didn’t want me to violate any Scriptures so we were able to arrive at a compromise. Instead of him charging me what the job was probably actually worth, I would pay him what I could comfortably afford to pay.

       When it comes to hiring people, THE BIBLE is quite succinct about the necessity of treating people fair financially. Leviticus 19:13 gives another interesting insight into this topic: You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning. As you can see, not only is payment required, it is required right now!

       Nor is this an Old Testament issue. Luke 10:7 tells us, “And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. With all of this information, it has been my experience down through the years that a peculiar thing has happened. For some reason, many Christians feel that because I am also a Christian they should not have to pay me for my services, or at the very least!, they should get a “Discount Rate.”

       Now, in many instances, I do give a “Family and Friends Discount,” but it has nothing to do with the fact that they are Christians, other than the fact that most of my Family and Friends ARE Christians! I think the thing that bothers me most about those individuals who take this tact is that they DON’T REALIZE that they are, in fact, violating scripture when this takes place!

       The GOOD NEWS is that God gave each of us Talents so we can Bless others by using them on their behalf, and so that they can Bless us by making sure that the Laborer receives his due!!!

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