Choq respects the boundaries, and is thus the legal embodiment of temperance; mishpat weighs the values, and is this the legal embodiment of justice.
When scripture says to shamor the mishpat it is because there is no entitlement on one side of the relationship. The bounty of the tithe is a mishpat because the ministers expressly do not have a stake in the patrimony of the land. They have no choq in the adamah. Their choq is in the ritual offerings.
So with the tithe there is no respecting a boundary, there is only acting according to justice. Ministers have to eat and it is only right for the people to subsidize them.
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