Deuteronomy 16:20
New International Version
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

New Living Translation
Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

English Standard Version
Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Berean Study Bible
Pursue justice, and justice alone, so that you may live, and you may possess the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

New American Standard Bible
"Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

New King James Version
You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

King James Bible
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Christian Standard Bible
Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Contemporary English Version
People of Israel, if you want to enjoy a long and successful life, make sure that everyone is treated with justice in the land the LORD is giving you.

Good News Translation
Always be fair and just, so that you will occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you and so that you will continue to live there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you."

International Standard Version
You are to pursue justice—and only justice—so you may live and possess the land that the LORD your God is about to give you."

NET Bible
You must pursue justice alone so that you may live and inherit the land the LORD your God is giving you.

New Heart English Bible
You shall follow that which is altogether just, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strive for nothing but justice so that you will live and take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

New American Standard 1977
“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt follow justice and righteousness, that thou may live and inherit the land which the LORD thy God gives thee.

King James 2000 Bible
That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

American King James Version
That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

American Standard Version
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt justly pursue justice, that ye may live, and go in and inherit the land which the Lord thy God gives thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt follow justly after that which is just: that thou mayst live and possess the land, which the Lord thy God shall give thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Perfect justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and possess the land that Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

English Revised Version
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

World English Bible
You shall follow that which is altogether just, that you may live, and inherit the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness -- righteousness thou dost pursue, so that thou livest, and hast possessed the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee.
Study Bible
Judges and Justice
19Do not deny justice or show partiality. Do not accept any bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 20Pursue justice, and justice alone, so that you may live, and you may possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:1
Hear now, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

Deuteronomy 16:21
Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,

Treasury of Scripture

That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

That which, etc.

Deuteronomy 25:13-16
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small…

Micah 6:8
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

live

Deuteronomy 4:1
Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

Ezekiel 18:5,9
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, …

Romans 10:5
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.







Lexicon
Pursue
תִּרְדֹּ֑ף (tir·dōp̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

justice,
צֶ֥דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

and justice alone,
צֶ֖דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

so that
לְמַ֤עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

you may live,
תִּֽחְיֶה֙ (tiḥ·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

and you may possess
וְיָרַשְׁתָּ֣ (wə·yā·raš·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3423: To occupy, to seize, to rob, to inherit, to expel, to impoverish, to ruin

the land
הָאָ֔רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

your God
אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ (’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

is giving you.
נֹתֵ֥ן (nō·ṯên)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set
Verse 20. - That which is altogether just; literally, justice, justice. The repetition of the word is for the sake of emphasis, as in Genesis 14:10, "pits, pits," equal to full of pits. 16:18-22 Care is taken for the due administration of justice. All personal regards must be laid aside, so that right is done to all, and wrong to none. Care is taken to prevent following the idolatrous customs of the heathen. Nothing belies God more, or tends more to corrupt the minds of men, than representing and worshipping, by an image, that God, who is an almighty and eternal Spirit, present every where. Alas! even in gospel days, and under a better dispensation, established upon better promises, there is a tendency to set up idols, under one form or another, in the human heart.
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