DEUTERONOMY 23:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.”

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Deuteronomy 23:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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When כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed When
thou shalt vow תִדֹּ֥ר To promise (pos., to do or give something to God) vow
a vow נֶ֙דֶר֙ A promise (to God); also (concretely) a thing promised vow
unto the Lord לַֽיהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God, אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ 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
thou shalt not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
slack תְאַחֵ֖ר To loiter (i.e., be behind); by implication to procrastinate slack
to pay לְשַׁלְּמ֑וֹ To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications) pay
it: for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed it for
the Lord יְהוָ֤ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God אֱלֹהֶ֙יךָ֙ 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
will surely דָּרֹ֨שׁ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship surely
require יִדְרְשֶׁ֜נּוּ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship require
it of מֵֽעִמָּ֔ךְ 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) it of
thee; and it would be וְהָיָ֥ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) would
sin חֵֽטְא׃ A crime or its penalty sin
in thee. חֵֽטְא׃ A crime or its penalty in thee

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  • 19  Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:

  • 20  Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

  • 21  When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

  • 22  But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.

  • 23  That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.




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