DEUTERONOMY 15:7

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:”

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Deuteronomy 15:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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If כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed If
there be יִהְיֶה֩ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) there be
among you a poor man אֶבְי֜וֹן Destitute among poor man
of one מֵֽאַחַ֤ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first one
of thy brethren אַחֶ֙יךָ֙ A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brethren
within any בְּאַחַ֣ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first within any
of thy gates שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ An opening, i.e., door or gate gates
in thy land בְּאַ֨רְצְךָ֔ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
the Lord יְהוָ֥ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
giveth נֹתֵ֣ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) giveth
thee, thou shalt not לֹ֧א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
harden תְאַמֵּ֣ץ To be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage) harden
thine heart, לְבָֽבְךָ֗ The heart (as the most interior organ) thine heart
nor וְלֹ֤א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles nor
shut תִקְפֹּץ֙ To draw together, i.e., close; by implication, to leap (by contracting the limbs); specifically, to die (from gathering up the feet) shut
thine hand יָ֣דְךָ֔ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] thine hand
from thy poor הָֽאֶבְיֽוֹן׃ Destitute poor
brother: מֵֽאָחִ֖יךָ A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother

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  • 5  Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.

  • 6  For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

  • 7  If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

  • 8  But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

  • 9  Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee.




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