In early 2010 there was a major announcement in the world of archeology that we should all take note of.

A small Hebrew writing has been found on an ancient piece of pottery. It is dated from the 10th Century BCE (BC), about 4 Centuries earlier than any other writing that we have.

The text has now been deciphered. In English, it reads (by numbered line):

1′ you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord].
2′ Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow] / Judge the orph[an]
3′ [and] the stranger. [Pl]ead for the infant / plead for the po[or and]
4′ the widow. Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king.
5′ Protect the po[or and] the slave / [supp]ort the stranger.

While this is not necessarily a direct quote of our scriptures, it is certainly consistent with a number of biblical texts.

This discovery gives us an insight into the faith of people living at the time of King David. They saw a connection between worshiping the Lord God and seeking justice for the poor and the marginalized. This is a major theme in the scriptures, and it was recognized by the ancient Hebrews.

May we also make that connection in our faith and life.

( Other posts on this text: Shank, McKnight, LiveScience )