Mishpatim: Chapter 14

"Keep you far from a false matter"


The commandment is to treat the protagonists equally and be far from falsehood. This section explores the issue of 'the evil man - goodness befalls him' and 'the righteous one - evil befalls him.' Even in the evil man there is still goodness existing somewhere; perhaps he will repent and overpower his inclination. When evil befalls the righteous, it stems from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; the Good Inclination controls him and so he is righteous, although there is evil present in him that is under domination. The perfect righteous one who has no evil inclination stems from the Tree of Life.