EXODUS 23:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.”

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Exodus 23:4 Translation & Meaning

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If כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed If
thou meet תִפְגַּ֞ע To impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity meet
thine enemy's אֹֽיִבְךָ֛ Hating; an adversary thine enemys
ox שׁ֧וֹר A bullock (as a traveller) ox
or א֥וֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
his ass חֲמֹר֖וֹ A male ass (from its dun red) ass
going astray, תֹּעֶ֑ה To vacillate, i.e., reel or stray (literally or figuratively); also causative of both going astray
thou shalt surely bring it back הָשֵׁ֥ב 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 surely bring back
to him again. תְּשִׁיבֶ֖נּוּ 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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  • 2  Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

  • 3  Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

  • 4  If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

  • 5  If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

  • 6  Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.




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