"And he that stealeth a
man [or child], and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he
shall surely be put to death" (Exodus 21:16)
"Ye shall do no
unrighteousness in judgement: thou shalt not respect the person of
the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness
shalt thou judge thy neighbour" (Leviticus 19:15)
"Thou shalt not go up and
down as a talebearer among thy people" (Leviticus 19:16)
"Ye shall not respect
persons in judgement; but ye shall hear the small as well as the
great ... for the judgement
is God's" (Deuteronomy 1:17)
"The adversaries of the
LORD shall be broken in pieces; out of heaven shall be thunder upon
them: the LORD shall judge [them]" (1 Samuel 2:10)
"The fear of the LORD is
the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and
instruction ... For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh
knowledge and understanding; ... then shalt thou understand
righteousness, and judgement, and equity; yea, every good path. When
wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy
soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee"
(Proverbs 1:7; 2:6,9-11)
"The mouth of a righteous
man is a well of life ... In the lips of him that hath
understanding wisdom is found ... Wise men lay up knowledge, but
the mouth of the foolish is near destruction" (Proverbs 10:11-14)
"A hypocrite with his
mouth destroyest his neighbour (Proverbs 11:9)
"He that is void of
wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth
his peace" (Proverbs 11:12)
"A talebearer revealeth
secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter"
"The way of a fool is
right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise"
"Every way of a man is
right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts" (Proverbs
"The words of a
talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts
of the belly" (Proverbs 18:8 and Proverbs 26:22)
"[B]ut every fool will be
meddling" (Proverbs 20:3b)
"He that goeth about as a
talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that
flattereth with his lips" (Proverbs 20:19)
"These things also belong
to the wise. it is not good to have respect of persons in judgement.
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the
people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him
shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them" (Proverbs
"Withdraw thy foot from
thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee"
"Seest thou a man wise in
his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him" (Proverbs
"He that passeth by, and
meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a
dog by the ears" (Proverbs 26:17)
"Where no wood is, there
the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife
ceaseth" (Proverbs 26:20)
"As coals are to burning
coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle fire"
"Woe unto them that call
evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto
them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own
sight! ... Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire
devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their
root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust:
because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and
despised the word of the Holy One" (Isaiah 5:20-24)
"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write
grievousness which they have prescribed;
To turn aside the needy from [righteous] judgment, and to take away
the right from the poor of my people,
that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
And what will ye do in the day of [God's] visitation
and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye
flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?" (Isaiah 10:1-3)
"Woe to them that devise
iniquity, and work evil upon their beds!
when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the
power of their hand.
So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage"
"It is impossible
but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast
into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones"
"And he spake this
parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were
righteous, and despised others ... for every one that exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
exalted" (Luke 18:9,14)
"Judge not according to
the appearance, but judge righteous judgement" (John 7:24)
"For it is written, I
will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent. ... hath not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world? ... the foolishness of God is wiser than men" (1
"For we hear that there
are some which walk among you ... [which] are busybodies" (2
"And withal they learn to
... [wander] from house to house ... tattlers also and busybodies,
speaking things which they ought not" (1 Timothy 5:13)
"[O]bserve these things
without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality"
(1 Timothy 5:21)
"The aged women likewise,
that they be ... teachers of good things; that they may teach the
young women" (Titus
"Who is a wise man and
endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good
conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. ... lie not against
the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish. ... But the wisdom that is from above is first
pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of
mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy"
"Let none of you suffer
as a ... thief, ... or as a busybody in other men's matters" (1 Peter
anywhere in the Holy Bible will you find God giving civil government
authority to rear or direct the rearing of children ...
God told parents, not the government, to 'train up' their children."
(Laura Rogers, Societal Structures vs. Restructuring, as quoted in Berit
Kjos, Brave New Schools, p185)