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Abuse of authority (2)

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The misuse of a person’s freedom of action in order to exploit, oppress or treat other people in a way that is not for their good.

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Warnings against the abuse of authority

By employers over employees

Ephesians 6:9 NIV
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
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By fathers over children

Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

By husbands over wives

Colossians 3:19 NIV
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
By elders over the church
1 Peter 5:2–3 NIV
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
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By those mistreating foreigners

Exodus 22:21 NIV
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
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By leaders over those who are led

Matthew 20:25–27 NIV
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—
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By those taking advantage of the helpless or poor

Exodus 22:22 NIV
“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.
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By those who oppress others

Jeremiah 22:17 NIV
“But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.”
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Examples of the abuse of authority

Genesis 16:6 NIV
“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
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