Proverbs 23:10

“Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Remoue not the old landmarke; and enter not into the fields of the fatherlesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Remove not the ancient landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not let the landmark of the widow be moved, and do not go into the fields of those who have no father;
- Basic English Bible

Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- Darby Bible

Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- Webster's Bible

Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless:
- World English Bible

Remove not a border of olden times, And into fields of the fatherless enter not,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 23:10


23:10 Enter not - To possess their lands.


Discussion for Proverbs 23:10

  • Susan Dalton for verse 10
    Remove not the old landmark; Proverbs 23:10. How can one person remove a shared boundary marker without the knowledge and consent of the one with whom he/she shares the boundary and that be not unlawful? If not unlawful, at least, inconsiderate. If we do not recognize shared boundaries, we become insolent toward the one with whom we share the boundary. If two people share a property line, it is a very thin line. In actuality, a line is very thin, though it has two borders. A line has two sides and it shares a very narrow space in between - very small; but cross that very small space and you are on someone else's property. Now, if two share a line, and a marker is set defining that boundary, and one person removes the one and only boundary marker, that person has chosen to remove that which was to mark a boundary for two. That one has removed visibly that which was not only for him/herself, but, which was also for the other. A visual testament to a boundary has been taken away. If someone bought land and the neighbor of that land had been mowing way pass their boundary onto the land that has been recently bought, so that now the new owners have had people come onto their land accusing them of being on someone else's land because those people must have assumed because the other owner mowed so far over if was his land. So, the new owner would go and show the boundary marker so to put to rest the controversy. Now, the boundary marker has been removed - someone dug it up. The plot of land is surveyed, plotted, deeded and recorded, but, for some that visible boundary marker served to show what is legal and recorded. No wonder we have so many acts of insolence and violence in our society. That which is deeded and recorded by God is still the right statues and judgments, but, man has removed many of the old landmarks; some people may know the boundaries without the landmarks, many must not know where the boundaries are; or, even sadder, many just don't care.
  • Salom„o for verse 10
    We are called not to remove the old landmarks! The landmark of sound doctrine, of Christian traditions, etc. Enoch walked with God and was translated, Methuselah lived 969 years old, if we look carefully, we will see that those people belonged to the pious lineage, and didnít remove the old landmarks!

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