DEUTERONOMY 25:7

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.”

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Deuteronomy 25:7 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
the man הָאִ֔ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
like יַחְפֹּץ֙ Properly, to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively, to be pleased with, desire like
not לֹ֤א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
to take לָקַ֖חַת To take (in the widest variety of applications) take
his brother's wife, יְבִמְתּ֑וֹ A sister-in-law brothers wife
then let his brother's wife יְבִמְתּ֨וֹ A sister-in-law then let brothers wife
go up וְעָֽלְתָה֩ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative go up
to the gate הַשַּׁ֜עְרָה An opening, i.e., door or gate gate
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the elders, הַזְּקֵנִ֗ים Old elders
and say, וְאָֽמְרָה֙ To say (used with great latitude) say
My husband's brother יְבָמִ֜י A brotherin-law husbands brother
refuseth מֵאֵ֨ן To refuse refuseth
to raise up לְהָקִ֨ים To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) raise up
unto his brother לְאָחִ֥יו A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
a name שֵׁם֙ An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
in Israel, בְּיִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
he will אָבָ֖ה To breathe after, i.e., (figuratively) to be acquiescent he will
not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
perform the duty of my husband's brother. יַבְּמִֽי׃ To marry a (deceased) brother's widow perform duty husbands brother

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  • 5  If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.

  • 6  And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

  • 7  And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.

  • 8  Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

  • 9  Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.




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