Deuteronomy 15:7

“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If there be among you a poore man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates, in thy lande which the Lord thy God giueth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poore brother:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If there be with thee a poor man, one of thy brethren, within any of thy gates in thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother;
- American Standard Version (1901)

If in any of your towns in the land which the Lord your God is giving you, there is a poor man, one of your countrymen, do not let your heart be hard or your hand shut to him;
- Basic English Bible

If there be amongst you a poor man, any one of thy brethren in one of thy gates, in thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy brother in need;
- Darby Bible

If there shall be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD the God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother:
- Webster's Bible

If a poor man, one of your brothers, is with you within any of your gates in your land which Yahweh your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother;
- World English Bible

`When there is with thee any needy one of one of thy brethren, in one of thy cities, in thy land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee, thou dost not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy needy brother;
- Youngs Literal Bible

If there be among you a needy man, one of thy brethren, within any of thy gates, in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy needy brother;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Deuteronomy 15

  • Renny
    @Irene123 even verse 11 says 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. We will always have poor among us.
  • 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)

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