What Does the Bible Say About Foreigners in Our Land?

Here are just a few quotes:

You must not wrong a foreigner nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 22:21, NETBible

You must not oppress a foreigner, since you know the life of a foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 23:9, NETBible

When a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not oppress him. The foreigner who resides with you must be to you like a native citizen among you; so you must love him as yourself, because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God
Leviticus 19: 33-34, NETBible

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:17-19, NETBible

Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have lost their fathers, and women who have lost their husbands. Stop killing innocent people in this land. Stop paying allegiance to other gods. That will only bring about your ruin.
Jeremiah 7:6, NETBible

The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. Do not kill innocent people in this land.”
Jeremiah 22:3, NETBible

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Open my Heart, Open my Spirit

Dear Heavenly Father, Giver of all life and all abundance,

Please…
Open my eyes to the beauty of the world around me. Let me rejoice every day in what You have given us.
Open my heart to those in need and show me the ways in which I can help.
Open my mind to your holy whispers so i know the path You want me to take.
Open my spirit to Your boundless love and help me become a living example of that love.

My Daily Bible Study - The Books I use

For my daily Bible study, I read two Bibles and two commentaries, in this order:

  • The Devotional Bible, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, Max Lucaco, General Editor. Translation: New Century Version
  • Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible, David Alexander and Pat Alexander, Editors
  • Nelson’s New King James Version Study Bible, Second Edition
  • New Bible Commentary G. Wenham and J.A. Motyer, Editors

The Devotional Bible is divided into chunks of one or more chapters each, with a short devotional message attached to each chunk. The devotionals are, for the most part, useful and uplifting, but sometimes I question what they have to do with the specific Bible passage.

I’ve been using The Devotional Bible’s daily readings as a guide for my own studies, reading the same passage in both Bibles and the associated comments in the other two books. I like to read The Devotional Bible first because the translation is in plain English and easy to understand. However, it does a lot of paraphrasing and misses out on some of the nuances that are found in more literal translations, like the NKJV.

I only have these particular commentaries because they’re what I had easy access to, so if you can recommend others, please do so.

Nelson\'s NKJV Study Bible