DEUTERONOMY 22:2

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.”

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Deuteronomy 22:2 Translation & Meaning

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And if וְאִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
thy brother אָחִ֛יךָ A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
not לֹ֨א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
nigh קָר֥וֹב Near (in place, kindred or time) nigh
unto אֵלֶ֖יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
thee, or if thou know יְדַעְתּ֑וֹ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) if know
him not, וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
then thou shalt bring וַֽאֲסַפְתּוֹ֙ To gather for any purpose; hence, to receive, take away, i.e., remove (destroy, leave behind, put up, restore, etc.) then bring
it unto תּ֣וֹךְ A bisection, i.e., (by implication) the center it unto
thine own house, בֵּיתֶ֔ךָ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) thine own house
and it shall be וְהָיָ֣ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and it shall be
with עִמְּךָ֗ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thee until עַ֣ד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
thy brother אָחִ֙יךָ֙ A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
seek after דְּרֹ֤שׁ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship seek
it, and thou shalt restore וַהֲשֵֽׁבֹת֖וֹ To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again restore
it to him again. וַהֲשֵֽׁבֹת֖וֹ To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again again

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  • 1  Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.

  • 2  And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

  • 3  In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.

  • 4  Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.




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