Compassion for Animals

Examples in the Jewish Scriptures

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man respects the life of his animal . . .

Deuteronomy 22:10 You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. [Their different size and gait would make this unpleasant for them.]

Deuteronomy 25:4 You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.

Exodus 23:4-5 If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of him who hates you fallen down under his burden, don’t leave him, you shall surely help him with it.

2 Samuel 12:3 but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him, and with his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him.

Genesis 33:13 Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds with me have their young, and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. . . .”

Numbers 22:32-33 The Lord’s angel said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me, and turned aside before me these three times. Unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I would have killed you, and saved her alive.”

Psalms 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God. Your judgments are like a great deep. The Lord, you preserve man and animal.

Psalms 145:9 The Lord is good to all. His tender mercies are over all his works.

Psalms 147:9 He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.

Psalms 104:25,27-28 There is the sea, great and wide, in which are innumerable living things, both small and large animals. . . . These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. You give to them; they gather. You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.

Genesis 8:1 God remembered Noah, all the animals, and all the livestock that were with him in the ship . . .

Jonah 4:10-11 The Lord said, “You have been concerned for the vine, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night. Shouldn’t I be concerned for Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred twenty thousand persons who can’t discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much livestock?”

(Emphasis mine.)




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