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“And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.”

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Deuteronomy 21:20 Translation & Meaning

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And they shall say וְאָֽמְר֞וּ To say (used with great latitude) say
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the elders זִקְנֵ֣י Old elders
of his city, עִיר֗וֹ A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
This זֶה֙ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that This
our son בְּנֵ֤נוּ A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
stubborn סוֹרֵ֣ר To turn away, i.e., (morally) be refractory stubborn
and rebellious, וּמֹרֶ֔ה To be (causatively, make) bitter (or unpleasant); (figuratively) to rebel (or resist; causatively, to provoke) rebellious
he will not אֵינֶ֥נּוּ A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle not
obey שֹׁמֵ֖עַ To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) obey
our voice; בְּקֹלֵ֑נוּ A voice or sound voice
he is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a glutton, זוֹלֵ֖ל To shake (as in the wind), i.e., to quake glutton
and a drunkard. וְסֹבֵֽא׃ To quaff to satiety, i.e., become tipsy drunkard

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  • 18  If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

  • 19  Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

  • 20  And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

  • 21  And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

  • 22  And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:


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