Deuteronomy 15:11

“For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the poore shall neuer cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide vnto thy brother, to thy poore, and to thy needy in the land.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For the poor will never cease {to be} in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy brother, to thy needy, and to thy poor, in thy land.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For there will never be a time when there are no poor in the land; and so I give orders to you, Let your hand be open to your countrymen, to those who are poor and in need in your land.
- Basic English Bible

For the needy shall never cease from within the land; therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thy hand bountifully unto thy brother, to thy poor and to thy needy, in thy land.
- Darby Bible

For the poor shall never cease from the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thy hand wide to thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
- Webster's Bible

For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor, in your land.
- World English Bible

because the needy one doth not cease out of the land, therefore I am commanding thee, saying, Thou dost certainly open thy hand to thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy one, in thy land.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying: 'Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy poor and needy brother, in thy land.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 15:11


15:11 The poor shall never cease - God by his providence will so order it, partly for the punishment of your disobedience, and partly for the trial and exercise of your obedience to him and charity to your brother.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 15

  • Anne
    This chapter is teaching about being kind-hearted and liberal. As God blesses us financially or otherwise we should help others who are in need among us. Prov. 25 'The liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watered also himself'.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The 7-year release is a precursor of an aspect of the Lord's prayer- forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What a marvelous world it would be if we abide by this injunction.
  • Irene123
    V.4 - save when there are no more poor among you ..... "; this must be where the 'worldly' Christians get the idea they can save the world and relieve all poverty. They neglect Matt. 26:11. These Christians are what are known as 'Social Gospel' Christians.
  • Sam
    7 year release would fix/prevent a world of problems. reinforced in" lords prayer" forgive us our debts
  • Sam
    christians need to follow the whole bible not just parts , and not change words like debts to trespass (read the last para of bible)
  • Daniel
    Thithes And offering dud 1 2

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