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“Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:”

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Deuteronomy 23:15 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Thou shalt not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
deliver תַסְגִּ֥יר To shut up; figuratively, to surrender deliver
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
his master אֲדֹנָ֑יו Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) master
the servant עֶ֖בֶד A servant servant
which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is escaped יִנָּצֵ֥ל To snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense escaped
from מֵעִ֥ם 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) from
his master אֲדֹנָֽיו׃ Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) master
unto אֵלֶ֖יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
thee: אֵלֶ֖יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to thee

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  • 13  And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:

  • 14  For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

  • 15  Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:

  • 16  He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

  • 17  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.


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