MMM Day 10: Do Not Delay Payment to Workers

March Mitzvot Madness Day 10

Have you ever been paid daily for the work you performed? Most of us haven’t.  In modern society very few types of jobs function in this manner. Even “day labor” jobs often postpone payment a bit. It is certainly interesting to consider how strictly to take this command. Should every worker in every circumstance be paid daily? Or is it really saying that if the employer knows the worker is poor and in need, then that employer would be sinning if he is able to pay this specific worker’s wages more often and he doesn’t? Certainly whenever individuals hire someone to do work on their home or lawn, they can choose to pay the worker daily. I believe that is appropriate obedience. However, for employers with regular payroll, I’m not certain how this could feasibly be done. I pray that Adonai will clarify His will in this mitzvot so we can understand its application more fully.

Do not oppress or rob your neighbor; specifically, you are not to keep back the wages of a hired worker all night until morning. ~~ Leviticus 19: 13

You are not to exploit a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether one of your brothers or a foreigner living in your land in your town.  You are to pay him his wages the day he earns them, before sunset; for he is poor and looks forward to being paid. Otherwise he will cry out against you to Adonai, and it will be your sin. ~~ Deuteronomy 24: 14-15

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